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Obamas Attend NY Wedding Of Their Longtime Chef
POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. (AP) -
Setting aside for a few hours the pressures of trying to calm the world’s trouble spots, President Barack Obama assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of the first family’s longtime chef and friend.
Chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alexandra Wagner tied the knot Saturday in Pocantico Hills, just north of New York City.
The president and his chef have a close relationship, which Obama highlighted earlier this month when he returned to Washington from his Martha’s Vineyard vacation for dinner at Kass’s apartment amid the turmoil in Iraq, Ukraine and Ferguson, Missouri.
It’s long been said that time is a president’s most precious commodity. That Obama would spend five hours at Kass’s home on one of the aide’s final evenings as a bachelor was a testament to their bond.
Obama’s rounds of golf are often his only other outings that last as long — and those games sometimes include Kass.
Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, attended the entire six-hour ceremony and reception and returned to the White House early Sunday.
The union of Kass, 34, and Wagner, 36, also served to highlight what some contend is too much togetherness between the media and the people they report on. Naturally, the guest list was expected to include staff from both the White House and the liberal-leaning cable news outlet, with people from both sides breaking bread at the same dinner table.
Kass began preparing meals for the Obamas when the family lived in Chicago and the Obamas persuaded him to join them at the White House. He is now among the Obamas’ longest-serving aides.
Besides cooking for the family most weeknights, Kass also serves as senior nutrition policy adviser and executive director of the first lady’s anti-childhood obesity initiative.
It’s not unusual for presidents to attend weddings while in office.
Obama hosted a Rose Garden wedding last year for Pete Souza, his official photographer. In June 2012, Obama attended the Chicago wedding of the daughter of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.
In May 2008, George W. Bush was in office when his daughter, Jenna, married at the family ranch in Crawford, Texas. Bill Clinton was best man for his brother, Roger, in March 1994. Ronald Reagan participated in the August 1984 wedding of his daughter Patti Davis.