It’s one hot ticket: Not just a State Dinner, but a State Dinner for the president of France, Francois Hollande. How would you like to be the chef in charge of the souffle tonight?
Members of Congress have gotten a lot of cold shoulders from the White House during the Obama presidency, having seen traditional picnics and socials be postponed, then canceled, for instance. So how did the legislative branch come out on the invite list?
A roster from the Office of the First Lady shows 11 current members of Congress on the guest list, although FLOTUS tried goose the number to 12 by promoting Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams to federal office by identifying her as “United States Representative (Georgia).” Oh, well. They’ll just have to wait for an intervening election.
Here’s the list of members attending:
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md.
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Rep. Harold Rogers, R-Ky.
Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif.
Rep. Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.
For those of you keeping score at home, that’s eight House members and three senators. Among those, there are seven Democrats and four Republicans.
Noted congressional alumni are former Sen. Max Cleland, D-Ga., who is now secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission; former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., now secretary of Defense, and former Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., currently secretary of State, along with Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., formerly the distinguished senator from Delaware.