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Obama fumes over gatecrashers at dinner

world Updated: Dec 15, 2009 01:44 IST

Describing the gatecrashing by a socialite couple into his first state dinner as a ‘screwup’, an angry US President Barack Obama has vowed that no more uninvited guests will be getting into the White House.

Hitting out at the socialite couple — Tareq Salahi and his wife Michelle — who showed up at the dinner for the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh uninvited, Obama said, “What I know is what everybody knows. Which is that these people should not have gotten through the gate”.

“I was unhappy with everybody who was involved in the process. And so, it was a screwup... It won’t happen again,” Obama said in an interview to CBS television.

Obama gives himself a B-plus grade

Obama rated as ‘B-plus’, his performance for the first eleven months in office, emphasizing that he still had much more to achieve.

While claiming to have achieved new grounds in economic and international grounds, Obama awarded himself “a solid B-plus” grade when asked by Oprah Winfrey as to what grade he would give himself. Asked for reasons why he wasn’t giving himself the top grades, the US president said that the some elements of his agenda — health care reform and putting more Americans to work — remain undone.

Obamas first x’mas in White House

It’s party time at the White House. During December, the Obamas are set to host 28 events with a total of 50,000 guests during their first Christmas season as the First Family.

Obama’s aides note that things were no different under his predecessors.

There are parties for soldiers’ relatives, for the Secret Service, for White House employees and for the media, there are receptions to mark the Jewish Hanukkah and the African Kwanzaa.

And all these events have one thing in common: guests eat “like crazy”, according to former White House head chef Walter Scheib.

In December, every willing kitchen employee can put in a 100-hour working week, he joked.