Mike and the White House

From today’s presser:

“I’m not distancing myself from any party. I try to do what’s right for this city. I found it fascinating in the- one of the newspapers over the weekend, there was a headline titled ‘Snub,’ which alleged that I did not go to a reception that the White House is giving tonight in Washington. The truth of the matter is I checked with my scheduler and yes, the White House was nice enough to invite me and I will say I’m very appreciative to that. I did not grow up in a family where we either got invitations to the White House or even knew anybody that got invitations to the White House so I was thrilled. Unfortunately, I had, while it’s a social event, I had a previous working commitment. Tonight is the- I have a town meeting in Throgs Neck…”