The White House confirmed Friday that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is flying to Washington to have dinner with the president and first lady Michelle Obama, amid reports that he's being considered to replace Eric H. Holder Jr. as the president's attorney general in his second term.
The governor's office said Mr. Patrick and his wife, Diane, are traveling to Washington "to have a social dinner" Friday evening with the Obamas at the White House. The governor campaigned actively for the president's reelection, and told reporters the dinner will just be "fun."
"It's a social dinner," he told reporters in Boston. "It's a small group, but I don't know all the people who are going to be there. We were told to come informal, and we were asked if steak was OK."