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Posted at 10:35 PM ET, 12/ 7/2010

In the spirit of the season, Michele Bachmann shelves partisan politics for White House holiday party

By The Reliable Source

Barack and Michelle Obama stand with Vice President Joe Biden at the White House Hanukkah reception, 2010. (Reuters/Jason Reed)

'Tis the season for political infighting and holiday parties, both on the same day.

Monday's White House reception for Congress came after a grueling battle over tax cuts. All members of Congress were invited for the bi-partisan festivities and most of them showed -- including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Reps. Charlie Rangel and Michele Bachmann.

Rep. Michele Bachmann and her daughter, Elisa, Dec. 7, 2010. (Courtesy of Rep. Bachmann)

"We were thrilled to be there," Bachmann told us Tuesday. The Republican firebrand was accompanied by her 20-year-old daughter, Elisa, who flew in from college to attend; they wore their Election night dresses for the occasion.

The White House, said Bachmann, "looked magical;" mother and daughter stood in the receiving line for an individual picture with President Obama and the first lady ("We wished them a 'Merry Christmas' ") and took photos of everything else, then e-mailed the "virtual experience" to Bachmann's younger daughter Sophie back in Minnesota.

But -- per White House request -- no Facebook updates, tweets or blogs from the off-the-record event. And no shop talk: "This was an evening for celebration," said Bachmann. "It was a great joy, very collegial."

And so it goes for the next couple weeks. The celebrations kicked off Dec. 1 with a party for to celebrate volunteers and, on the following night, Hanukkah. The White House will host a total of 20 holiday parties and receptions for White House staff, Secret Service, reporters who cover the administration, as well as seven events for non-Washington insiders such as military families, reports our colleague Perry Bacon.

Some guests (but not at every party) will get the chance for the coveted brag-wall photo with the Obamas.

"Be patient in the line," the president joked with guests at the Hanukkah gathering. "And I just want to let everybody know that yes, they will be able to Photoshop my lip for the picture."

Others will only get a chance to mingle with the couple. Which brings us to the tweet/blog ban.

Everyone was snapping pictures of the president and first lady. And the president's remarks at the Hanukkah party was covered by reporters, photographers. . . and everyone in the room with a cell phone or BlackBerry. Off the record? Not for the guests, their friends, or anyone who can finagle a peek.

But that holiday glow only lasts a few hours. Just after the party, it was back to work for Bachmann:

"Obama didn't want to stop tax hikes on all, but #GOP stood firm. Resulting compromise is 2-year timetable," she tweeted at 9 p.m. Monday night.

By The Reliable Source  | December 7, 2010; 10:35 PM ET
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To bad they don't have the Holiday Spirit year round!

Posted by: Angryman | December 8, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

even in a tweet, she misrepresents the facts. Obama did want to stop tax increases for 98% of folks, so her tweet is 98% false. typical of her

Posted by: JoeT1 | December 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

She was taking pictures of the tree ornaments, looking for proof of marxist intentions.

Posted by: veritasinmedium | December 8, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Why would the White House invite this wack-
job to 1600 PA Avenue?

How disgusting she is!

Posted by: Sirius2 | December 8, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Bachman is another of these non-thinking congressional insiders.

The would-be Senator for Delaware (another thoughtless type) has just formed a PAC to promote her views. The money matters more to her than the politics it would seem. If she'd been elected she could have followed in her idol's footsteps and resigned to go on the Fox-Box.

CB in Hamburg

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | December 8, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Typical GOP POS. If the truth would save her life, she would still choose to lie.

Posted by: GabsDaD | December 8, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Her daughter is much better looking then she is. Also, I wonder if she has cut of relations with her son as he joined the obama's socialist/communist/fascist/muslism army, also known as Teach For America.

Posted by: jtackeff | December 8, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

A second attempt.

I see elsewhere that the tea-sister McDonnel is trying to resurrect her career by opening up a PAC. Sound familiar? These people are gold diggers and not really interested in politics but in getting a job on the Fox-Box. CB

Posted by: chrisbrown12 | December 8, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Why on earth would the White House invite this willfully ignorant person to a party? To collect her farm subsidy check?

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | December 8, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Ugh, that odious woman has reproduced.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 8, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

does she really believe all that stuff she says??????

Posted by: danw1 | December 8, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

But why would she go there, when she knows how anti-American this president is? And did he or did he NOT have something to do with the swine flu outbreak, like Pres. Carter back in 1976? It's almost as if she doesn't really believe the things she says....

Posted by: Rachelva | December 8, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute here...In the spirit of true Tea party paranoia, wouldn't this little shindig be a total and hugely wasteful use of tax payer money? Isn't this one of the things she stands for? I am confused? She is all for federal workers getting their pay frozen, yet makes merry on the taxpayer dime. Hmmmm.

Posted by: dougw3 | December 8, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

Damn, I thought she was a hottie till I saw her daughter! I would stand in the middle of that picture any day!!!

Posted by: madstamina | December 8, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't see anything the Republicans have to be proud of. The GOP stopped taxes on multi-millionaires from going back to the level the taxes were under President Bill Clinton, which no one complained about except dirt poor Republicans now waiting for some 30 years for "trickle down" to "trickle down".

Not paying any money toward the Republican borrow and spend habits for 8 years is only making interest on those loans grow larger faster.

Normally, when people's debts out-grow their income, they end up filing bankruptcy, which is EXACTLY what the GOP is pushing for.

Posted by: lindalovejones | December 8, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

TO: madstamina who wrote:
“Damn, I thought she was a hottie till I saw her daughter! I would stand in the middle of that picture any day!!!”

Well, that’s why they call you “Mad” (nuts).

Posted by: lindalovejones | December 8, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

TO: dougw3 who wrote:
“Wait a minute here...In the spirit of true Tea party paranoia, wouldn't this little shindig be a total and hugely wasteful use of tax payer money? Isn't this one of the things she stands for? I am confused? She is all for federal workers getting their pay frozen, yet makes merry on the taxpayer dime. Hmmmm.”
You got that right Doug.

Bachmann is SUPPOSED to be in Washington to make sure this kind of money is NOT spent on partying, but there she is at a taxpayer PAID event, as if she never said anything about Washington needing to cut spending.

I’m sure this event alone cost at least $1 million dollars, and probably more.

Republicans love to spend money, just only on themselves.

You know, like they have THEIR welfare states. I don’t know of any Democrat “welfare state”.

They’re like evil as hell to try to scare everyone off so they can spend all of the American Taxpayer’s money on nobody but them.

Then they hand over all their bills to the Democrats to figure out how to pay the GOP’s bills.

This year the GOP is making it particularly impossible to pay any their borrow and spend bills because the GOP has given $700 Billion to the rich, once again duping the Republican voters into believing that what’s “bad” for the people is really “good” for the people.

Posted by: lindalovejones | December 8, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

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