White House May Scrap Receiving Lines: Report

03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

After the Salahis made their way into the State Dinner and now, as the White House gears up for holiday party season, the administration might be rethinking one presidential tradition: the receiving line. Politico reports that at a party last week, there was no meet-and-greet procession:

Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers watched Obama speak briefly behind a podium, welcoming party-goers to White House. Then, she looked on as Obama worked the room for a few minutes, shaking hands and posing for candid pictures--not taken by the White House photographer--before leaving the party.

Myers noted that this long-standing tradition is a big deal: "It's exhausting [for the president] but it's the one time when reporters feel like they're treated like human beings and not just some guy behind the rope line. It's the one time they can actually say hello."

This year's holiday party invitations were sent out later than usual and guests will most likely be denied the receiving-line photo:

On Monday, the White House said journalists would be able to take photos with the president, but did not confirm that there would be a receiving line at the media holiday parties on Dec. 14 (for print journalists) and Dec. 15 (for television correspondents and producers).

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