HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Eggnog and a Summons

Posted December 9, 2009 at 10:47am

Only in Washington can you schmooze with someone at a holiday party and then try to issue that person a subpoena less than 48 hours later.[IMGCAP(1)]Even though Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Wednesday will seek to legally compel White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers to appear before a House committee, the two had a friendly exchange at the White House soiree Monday night.“It’s not a personal thing with Desiree Rogers,— King tells HOH. “In fact, I just saw her at the White House Christmas party, and we were friendly.—But we’re guessing Rogers won’t like the holiday gift that King wants to give her: The ranking member on the House Homeland Security Committee will ask fellow committee members to subpoena Rogers, as well as the Virginia couple that crashed a White House state dinner, during a meeting Wednesday. He says he wants to question her about the role that her office played in the security breach.Guess that doesn’t make great cocktail party small talk. Eggnog Tales. President Barack Obama opened a White House meeting with Congressional leaders this morning by ribbing House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), accusing him of dipping into the eggnog during Monday evening’s White House Congressional Christmas party.“I enjoyed the White House party,— Obama said as the Cabinet Room meeting got under way. “I saw Boehner drinking eggnog,— he added, to the chuckles of others in the room.Boehner insisted that he was in fact drinking wine. Obama seemed skeptical.“I heard some stories about it,— the president remarked.Keith Koffler contributed to this report.Submit your hot tips, juicy gossip or comments here.Can’t get enough HOH? Get a midday dose of fun and gossip with HOH’s One-Minute Recess, delivered to your inbox daily. Sign up here — because everyone deserves more recess.