Former President Barack Obama officiated at the wedding of two of his former staffers this past Sunday in Washington, DC, according to Washingtonian magazine.
Obama, who received a temporary officiant’s license through the District of Columbia and signed the couple’s marriage certificate, married Dana Remus, who now serves as counsel for his presidential foundation and was his senior counsel when he was in the White House, to Brett Holmgren, his former senior director of intelligence at the National Security Council.
It was a small wedding of approximately 120 people at District Winery. Brett said,
We had decided to invite him because he was such an important part of our lives, we asked him if he could attend the wedding. We also asked him if he could officiate, and he was intrigued with the idea.
Most of the guests didn’t know that the former president was going to speak until the actual ceremony. The bride walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon in D, and then President Obama spoke. Mary Holmgren, Brett’s mother, said,
He complimented them both on their work, on the type of people they were, threw in a tiny bit of humor. He spoke about how their work has been a service to the people and how the two of them complement each other. Very very sincere remarks. It came from his heart.
After the ceremony, which was upstairs at the winery, the party moved downstairs for the reception. Though Obama was invited to stay for dinner, he only stayed long enough for a few pictures with the family before leaving. Mary Holmgren said,
He stayed around a little bit for pictures with the family, but he did not want to detract from their day. It was a very very exciting moment. Everybody who was there was just flabbergasted and amazed at just what a nice person he is.
Obama previously served as a groomsman in a wedding of his former personal aide Marvin Nicholson before leaving office last January.
Though the former first lady Michelle Obama was also invited, she was unable to attend.
The Obamas bought a house in the District after leaving the White House last year, so they could be around while their younger daughter Sasha finishes high school.
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