President Obama, family, attend wedding in Chicago

CHICAGO Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:05am EDT

1 of 3. President Barack Obama (R) walks with first lady Michelle Obama (L) and her mother Marian Robinson (2nd R) to the home of Obama's adviser Valerie Jarrett in Chicago June 16, 2012.

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CHICAGO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama got a brief respite from the euro zone debt crisis and an intensifying general election campaign on Saturday while attending the wedding of a top aide's daughter with his family in his hometown.

The wedding of White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett's daughter, Laura, on a balmy night brought Obama administration allies and friends to Jarrett's home in a neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

Laura Jarrett was to marry fellow Harvard Law School graduate Tony Balkissoon, according to local news reports.

Notable guests included Attorney General Eric Holder; Ariel Investments chief executive and big-dollar Obama fundraiser John Rogers, Jr.; and business executive and civil rights activist Vernon Jordan, an adviser to former President Bill Clinton.

Obama and his family strolled to the wedding from their own home a few houses away. The president wore a light brown suit, first lady Michelle Obama was dressed in a cream-colored skirt, and their two daughters, Sasha and Malia, wore green and yellow dresses, respectively.

The neighborhood was under tight surveillance for the event with law enforcement officials setting up a perimeter, screening guests as they walked toward the house and conducting security sweeps of automobiles.

"Tonight the first family is attending the wedding of Laura Jarrett," a White House official said in a statement, but details were not provided because it was a private event.

Jarrett, a onetime Chicago lawyer and deputy chief of staff for former Mayor Richard M. Daley, is a longtime personal friend of the Obamas.

The first family flew to Chicago on Friday, and Obama and his wife spent roughly five hours at the home of Chicago businessman Martin Nesbitt, a friend of the president and treasurer of his 2008 campaign. They left well after midnight.

Obama is due to travel on Sunday to Los Cabos, Mexico, where representatives of the Group of 20 leading industrial nations will discuss the deepening European crisis and prepare for possible market fallout after elections in Greece, which may determine that country's chances of staying in the single-currency zone.

(Additional reporting by Matt Spetalnick; editing by Steve Gorman and Mohammad Zargham)

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Well, that marriage wont last! Everything the current resident of the White House gets near falls apart soon after. He is a very strong negative to everything.

Jun 16, 2012 11:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Galactus999 wrote:
Based on his actions, President Obama will go down in the history of the United States as one of the worst Presidents of all time. His fascist executive orders where meant to destroy democracy in the United States. His intolerance of the views of the majority of citizens in the country in favor of special interest groups will make him the devil of the 21st century

Jun 17, 2012 1:03am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Osage wrote:
We are so delighted that the President is in Chicago for a little respite. History will judge him as a great president. His careful stewardship has prevented catastrophe with the recession he inherited. He has helped us with health reform, which we have desperately needed. The great hope is that with his re-election he will have a Congress that will allow him to achieve all that he can achieve. Up to now the obstructionist GOP has employed a strategy to prevent any progress.

Jun 17, 2012 5:41am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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