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Obama hosts lawmakers at White House picnic

Wednesday - 6/27/2012, 8:40pm  ET

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive for the Congressional picnic on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama tells lawmakers at an annual congressional picnic that despite their differences they should keep in mind that they are first Americans working toward a better future for the country.

Lawmakers of both parties gathered Wednesday at the White House's South Lawn one day before two partisan conflicts came to a head -- a Supreme Court decision on Obama's signature health care law and a contempt of Congress vote in the House against Attorney General Eric Holder.

Under sunny skies, members of Congress, their spouses and children, mingled as a Marine Corp band played country and western tunes.

Holder was in the crowd, pausing to chat briefly with Republican congressman Peter King of New York.

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