President Obama is being called a party pooper, Politico reports, after the absence of his promised Wednesday White House cocktail hours. The Obamas hosted six or seven of the mixers earlier this year, but they haven't held any since the spring.
"We've gotten no love lately," one Democratic chief of staff in the House told Politico. "And I think we need it now more than ever with tensions rising on both sides and even within our own party. I think some quality time with members would be a good thing. I've spoken to members on both sides of the aisle who actually found them useful."
The White House contends that it has continued to hold parties in other capacities, like concerts, holiday-related events and luncheons. However, staffers also mentioned that Obama has been traveling since the summer, perhaps contributing to the lack of recent social events with the President.
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