Party Lines

Obama Schmoozes Socialites

Apparently the White House isn't just full of bailout talk after all. The Washington Times reports that earlier this year the Obamas invited top local magazine editors to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to discuss how navigating Washington's tony social scene can help their political agenda. The editors—from Capitol File, D.C. magazine, and Washington Life—are now divulging what happened during the meeting. The White House is "identifying taste makers in order to help create grass-roots interest in some of the programs they are working on," said Washington Life's Michael Clements. A White House aide, speaking anonymously, said the meeting was called to discuss how the Obamas can "engage with the community" and that sports, entertainment, and philanthropic representatives were also invited.