As Ben Smith reports, President Obama invited several folks over for a White House cocktail soiree yesterday evening.
I’m told by a source that Valerie Jarrett’s office organized the get-together.
On the menu? From the guest list, it sure looks like the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) was on the White House front burner.
A source in the know tells me the following were guests:
Jimmy Hoffa of the Teamsters; Mark Ayers, head of the Building and Construction Trades Department of AFL-CIO; Jerry McEntee of AFSCME; Randi Weingarten of AFT; Dennis Van Roekel of NEA; Carl Pope of Sierra Club; Andre Delattre of PIRGs; Janice McGee; Cecile Richardson of Planned Parenthood; Kathryn Kolbert of People For the American Way; Joe Solomonese of Human Rights Campaign; Wade Henderson of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Jerry Hudson of SEIU; Andy Stern of SEIU; Eli Pariser and Justin Ruben of MoveOn.org. (btw, Eli will be moving up to the board of directors for MoveOn and Justin will be taking over day to day operations helm shortly. Congrats to both!); Van Jones; Tom Donahue of the US Chamber of Commerce; Harry Alford of the National Black Chamber of Commerce; John Castellani of the Business Roundtable
Also in the room were President Obama, Michelle Obama, Vice President Biden and various staffers who walked in and out, chatting with guests. Sounds like a scene from The West Wing, doesn’t it?
This isn’t the first such cocktail party that the Obama White House has thrown. On January 28th, leadership of the House and Senate were invited over as well. But last night’s soiree looks like quite the interesting mix, doesn’t it?
I’m told that there were about 40 people at the gathering, altogether, with several staffers rotating in and out throughout the evening. Will keep working my sources and see if I can dig up anything further.