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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden, internet hosting each Republican and Democratic governors for a black-tie affair on the White Home, raised his glass for a toast.

Standing below a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, he informed the individuals within the room to recollect who they had been. “We’re the USA of America. We will get massive issues accomplished if we do it collectively.”

“Cheers!” the gang replied, because the clink-clink of glasses rippled about the State Dining Room.

Biden hosted the dinner for members of the Nationwide Governors Affiliation on the White Home for the primary time in his administration. It is normally a convention, however the dinner was held final yr at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s Virginia property, and just about in 2021 due to COVID-19.

The dinner got here as federal leaders seemed as divided as ever with the brand new Republican majority within the Home courting a dangerous debt ceiling showdown.

On Saturday on the White Home, although, the message was togetherness — and never simply because the room was tightly full of governors, spouses and Cupboard members. Biden and each associations’ leaders, Republican Gov. Spencer Cox of Utah and Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey, spoke about the necessity to put apart the increasingly rancorous political differences in order to work together to better the nation.

“I feel after we work collectively it really works,” Biden mentioned, including he’d work to be slightly extra bipartisan and praised the work of the governors.

The tables had been set with purple velvet tablecloths (wink wink on bipartisanship), china bearing the presidential seal and huge floral centerpieces in white and pink.

Cupboard members had been combined along with governors in ball robes, tuxedos and sparkles. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sat close to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. Maryland Gov. Wes Moore and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, each Democrats, sat close to Vice President Kamala Harris. Not distant had been Republican Govs. Invoice Lee of Tennessee and Doug Burgum of North Dakota.

First girl Jill Biden held a service challenge occasion earlier Saturday for spouses, however she needed to skip a Friday occasion as a result of she wasn’t feeling nicely. She examined detrimental for COVID-19.

Biden, who doesn’t drink, gave the toast along with his left hand, explaining he’d been informed by his grandfather that that is simply what you probably did when you do not have alcohol within the glass. Cox, who additionally does not drink, did the identical when he toasted, telling the room it was ginger ale.

“It is symbolic to have Republicans and Democrats breaking bread collectively,” Cox mentioned. “That is what’s lacking.”

“And I imagine that the individuals of our nation, not less than the exhausted majority, needs us to be doing extra of this.”

Cox thanked Biden and the primary girl earlier than introducing Murphy, who joked that he was undoubtedly holding his glass in his proper hand. He mentioned their social gathering affiliations had been much less vital than the shared moniker of “People.”

After dinner, the visitors filed into the East Room, the place nation singer Brad Paisley carried out the track “American Saturday Evening” and different tunes.

By Maggi

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