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Obamas host black-tie dinner for governors at White House

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 26, in Washington, D.C. President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted 2012 Governors Dinner which coincides with the yearly meeting of the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. President Barack Obama makes a toast after speaking in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 26.

The president and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a black tie dinner for governors Sunday as part of the National Governors Association winter meeting in Washington. The president said governors have some of the hardest jobs in politics; they are expected to be accountable and yield practical results for their states.

Obama said he and the governors wouldn't always agree on every issue but he looked forward to greater collaboration going forward. He offered a toast to the governors for their outstanding work and "to the spouses who put up with us."

-- Reported by the Associated Press

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden, left, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ), right, toast in the State Dining Room of the White House Feb. 26, in Washington, D.C.