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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wife Amy Rule arrive West Front Capitol WashingtMonday Jan. 21 2013 for Presidential Barack Obama's ceremonial

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and wife Amy Rule arrive on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for the Presidential Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)

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Updated: February 23, 2013 6:37AM



Inaugural postcards ...

Tips and twaddle from Sneed’s sources at President Barack Obama’s inaugural.

Fate gate ...

She’s not sitting home! Sneed is told former Chicago Ald. Sandi Jackson, who recently resigned to spend more time with her family in Washington while awaiting husband and former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s fate with the feds, went to the Kids’ Inaugural Concert Saturday night at the Washington Convention Center. Jackson took her daughter, Jessica, to the concert, which starred Katy Perry and Usher.

No go ...

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers and her close friend and Johnson Publishing business associate Linda Johnson Rice were not at the Obama festivities — and neither was their good buddy, business exec Neal Zucker, who is this/close to Obama’s best femme family friend/ Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett. But Roger’s daughter, Victoria, and ex-husband, Ariel Investments chief John Rogers, Jr., were front and center.

Hair scare ...

Comedian Joan Rivers got into the inaugural act by tweeting: “Today starts President Obama’s next four years in the White House. Let’s hope the same isn’t true about the First Lady’s new hairdo.”

Hair scare II ...

Inaugural-ites were counting how many times President Barack Obama spent the Inaugural weekend repeating: “I love the bangs.”

Rule ‘em ...

Chicago’s first lady Amy Rule wore a tea length, navy duchess satin gown with black silk zibeline inserts to the Obama inaugural balls. The dress was designed by Karolina Zmarlak, who emigrated from Poland to Chicago in 1992 after her parents won the Clinton green card lottery. A Main East High school graduate, Zmarlak honed her skills at Carolina Herrera and Theory.

Rahm ‘em ...

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who was branded the “Everywhere Man” for his busy social schedule at Obama’s top events, tossed a late-night invite-only party Monday night at the Hamilton Live on 14th street in D.C., which was branded the hottest ticket in town. Of course, it didn’t hurt to invite actress Eva Longoria.

Present and not present ...

Not in the family: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan showed up for the inaugural festivities, but her father, powerful House Speaker/state Dem party chief Mike Madigan, was a no show.

Condom capers ...

Yipes! Condoms were distributed at a Planned Parenthood inaugural party at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., prompting an Illinois teenager to opine to his dad: “What if mom finds this thing?”

Dubya data ...

The Texas pre-inaugural bash produced the answer why former President George W. Bush wasn’t at the inaugural luncheon with President Barack Obama and former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter Monday: Dubya was staying in Texas to be with his frail father, former President George H. W. Bush.

The Quinn bin ...

... and Daley schmooze: Gov. Pat Quinn and the man who is eyeing his job, former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley (who attended veep Joe Biden’s swearing in ceremony with wife, Bernie), were spotted keeping their distance at the Illinois State Society Inaugural Gala Saturday night at the Renaissance Hotel.

◆To wit: “Daley was visible and making the rounds, but he had no speaking role ... other than talking to people about a possible run,” said a Sneed source, who also claims Daley was spotted having brunch with former Gov. Jim Edgar a few weeks ago at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. (Quinn was spotted at the 10 a.m. mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. on Sunday.)

Pal place ...

President Obama’s best pals, Marty Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker — as well as Obama’s fund-raising diva Penny Pritzker, introduced to Obama by Nesbitt — were all ensconced together at the Park Hyatt Hotel Washington, where Emanuel was also staying, chatting, and doing deals, don’tchaknow.

Glass crass ...

An Ohio resident, who has created the glass table decorations for the Illinois State Society’s Inaugural Gala for years, told the press she voted for Obama’s Republican opponent Mitt Romney.

Agree spree ...

President Obama and Chief Justice John Roberts may have somewhat of a contentious relationship, but they did agree on one thing during the inaugural festivities Monday without having to mull over it: They both agreed to add their signatures to Dr. Martin Luther King’s bible after Roberts administered the oath of office.

Eat beat ...

The Obamas eat out so frequently in Washington, it’s not uncommon to find their names on the restaurant menus ... i.e. drinks called the “Blue Hawaiians” at the Willard Hotel and the Michelle Melt turkey burger at a D.C. eatery.

Sneedlings ...

Tuesday’s birthdays: Diane Lane, 48; Steve Perry, 64; and Linda Blair, 54... and happy belated to Mona Hersheway, 101.



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