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Obama joins Washington power brokers at Alfalfa Club lunch at lawyer Vernon Jordan's home


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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama mingled with Washington power brokers at an Alfalfa Club luncheon.

The gathering was at the home of lawyer Vernon Jordan, a confidant to President Bill Clinton.

According to club history, the club is named after the alfalfa because the plant extends its roots far for a drink. The club's main event is an annual dinner where politicians and business leaders rub elbows and share some laughs - off limits to reporters. Obama doesn't plan to attend this year.

The organization has about 200 members, including former Presidents George H.W. and George W. Bush, Chief Justice John Roberts, Warren Buffett and Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, who accompanied the president Saturday.

The New York Times says 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is to be inducted Saturday night.

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