POTUS hosts bi-partisan basketball party
March 9th, 2011
07:13 PM ET

POTUS hosts bi-partisan basketball party

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Can professional basketball help thaw the partisan stalemate that may threaten a shutdown of the federal government next week? That question may or may not be on the agenda Wednesday night at the White House when President Obama hosts members of both parties in Congress to watch his hometown Chicago Bulls take on the Charlotte Bobcats.

The president's guest list mainly features members of Congress from both the Chicago and Charlotte delegations. It also comes just before the president plans to honor the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks at a White House ceremony on Friday.

Although the party is closed to any coverage by the press, the White House did release the guest list:

Members of Congress

• Dick Durbin (D-IL)
• Kay Hagan (D-NC)
• Mark Kirk (R-IL)

• G.K. Butterfield (D-NC)
• Danny Davis (D-IL)
• Luis Gutierrez (D-IL)
• Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL)
• Larry Kissell (D-NC)
• Sue Myrick (R-NC)
• David Price (D-NC)
• Jan Schakowsky (D-IL)
• Mel Watt (D-NC)

State and Local Government
• Mayor Anthony Foxx, Mayor of Charlotte
• James Mitchell, Council Member, City of Charlotte

Topics: President Obama • The News

soundoff (One Response)
  1. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Well, he tried to extend an olive branch. SEN MARK KIRK-R and REP SUE MYRICK-R, thanks for trying to be bi-partisan on something! I hope it can thaw the 'stonewalling stalemate'! Hope you all had a wonderful time!

    March 10, 2011 at 5:27 am |