White House Popcorn Roasting: `Gilchrists’ Perform for Obamas

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The cast of "1600 Penn."

“Lincoln” it’s not.

Still, the cast and crew of NBC’s new comedy “1600 Penn,” which premieres tomorrow, are being feted this evening at the White House, where President Barack Obama is hosting a private screening.

The show chronicles a fictional First Family, the Gilchrists, who neither in race nor hammy demeanor appear to have much in common with the Obamas.

One of the executive producers is former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett.

Obama hosted a screening of “Lincoln” late last year.

As for “Zero Dark Thirty,” the film about the killing of Osama bin Laden that has generated controversy for its depictions of torture and for questions about the access Obama administration officials gave the director and screenwriter, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said today he didn’t know whether the president has seen it. While the movie opens Jan. 11 in theaters, it has already has been showing in New York and in screenings including one in Washington last night that drew journalists and administration officials.


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