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City Hallways (Nov. 30) You are cordially invited . . . to the White House

Brown going back to Washington today

When Mayor Brown recently traveled to Washington for a veterans housing event, he figured it was his last invite to the Obama White House.  Then came this invitation to the Obamas' final holiday season reception tonight.

While I was asking the mayor about tonight's party, we got to talking about his other White House visits.

Brown - Buffalo's  mayor since 2006 - said he traveled to Washington to meet with Buffalo's Congressional delegation as well as HUD and Homeland Security leaders when Republican George W. Bush was president, but never got to meet Bush or then First Lady Laura Bush at the White House.

It's been different in the Obama White House.  In addiiton to the recent events - the veterans event hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama, and tonight's reception hosted by President Barack Obama and the  First Lady,  Brown was also among some 200 guests invited to watch the  2011 Superbowl game  with the president in the State Room at the White House.

"My wife and I are honored to receive this invitation to attend the White House holiday reception," Brown said, adding he will thank the Obamas for their service, and the legacy they have left the country, on behalf of all Buffalo residents.

The pledge

Councilman Wingo's protest against police treatment of black Americans across the nation continued Tuesday, when the Masten District representative against raised his fist as the Pledge of Allegiance was being recited at the start of the Common Council meeting. Wingo's silent protest began Sept. 20.


Concilman Wingo during Pledge of Allegiance at Tuesday's Council meeting













Speaking of the holiday season

Here's picture taken Tuesday of the City Hall Christmas tree after it was decorated. It's same tree I posted Monday without all the decorations.

City Hall Christmas tree

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