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Obama not yet invited to 'Wedding of the Decade'

Source: PTI
July 29, 2010 17:39 IST
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With just two days to go for Chelsea Clinton's marriage, United States President Barack Obama is yet to receive an invitation to the 'Wedding of the Decade' and may have to learn 'gate-crashing' skills if he wants to make it to the big ticket event in Washington, DC.

In a rare appearance on a daytime television talk show, Obama said that he has not been given an invitation to the wedding of the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"I was not invited to the wedding because I think Hillary and Bill, properly, want to keep this thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband," the President said on ABC's 'The View'.

Though he joked, "You don't want two Presidents at one wedding. All the secret service, guests going through (metal detectors), all the gifts being torn apart."

30-year-old Chelsea will marry investment banker Marc Mezvinsky, a Jew, on Saturday in Rhinebeck, New York, at Astor Courts -- a secluded estate along the Hudson River built as a Beaux Arts style playground for John Jacob Astor IV more than a century ago, in a ceremony which, US media says, is estimated to cost up to $ 5 million.

Obama, who has witnessed unexpected guests gate-crash his White House parties -- including the Salahi couple who attended his presidency's first state dinner for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh without invitation, will probably have to learn gate-crashing skills if he wants to make it to Chelsea's marriage, billed by the media as the 'Wedding of the Decade'.

According to 'The Hudson Valley News', talk show queen Barbara Streisand, Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg, media mogul Ted Turner, former Clinton adviser Harold Ickes and ex-DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe are likely to attend the event.

Bill Clinton's Vice President Al Gore, who is embroiled in a sex scandal, will not be attending, according to the New York Daily News.

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