Despite President Barack Obama’s invitation to a number of high-ranking GOP lawmakers to attend a star-studded screening of “Lincoln,’’ not one showed up, according to the National Journal
The PG-13-rated historical drama, nominated for 12 Oscars including best picture, director, and actor, was shown on Nov. 15th at the White House.
The guests of honor included cast members Daniel Day-Lewis, James Spader, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones, along with director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner.
But the only lawmakers to attend were Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Reps. James Clyburn and John Lewis. Not a single Republican came.
The Journal says that among those who turned down the exclusive invite were House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Sens. Lamar Alexander, Tom Coburn, and Olympia Snowe.
The website says Boehner “may be setting something of a record for sending regrets to the White House,’’ having turned down six state dinners hosted by Obama.
On Sunday, “Lincoln’’ won a single Golden Globe award, with Daniel Day-Lewis taking home a statuette for Best Dramatic Actor.
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