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Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 05/02/2011

A complex weekend for administration officials — especially NCTC chief Michael Leiter


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We started looking at our administration folks a little differently after Sunday night. When a tipster called to report that Michelle Obama was seen dining that evening at BlackSalt, for once instead of asking “what was she wearing?” we wondered, “what was going on in her mind?”

What did the first lady know, and when did she know it? We still have no idea (though for the record, she arrived at the MacArthur Boulevard seafood place around 7:30; she and three female friends enjoyed the halibut, the clams and the Rhode Island golden tile fish).


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But with the knowledge of hindsight, we can now guess what might have been in CIA Director Leon Panetta’s prayers when he was spotted at the 9 a.m. mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill that morning. Or the complex emotions behind President Obama’s wide grin at an Osama joke told by Seth Meyers at the White House Correspondents’ dinner Saturday night.

But you know who had a really complicated weekend?

U.S. National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter, who balanced the crisis-time duties at work while also. . . getting married.


Michael Leiter on Capitol Hill last fall. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Leiter, 42, carved out enough time to make it to his Saturday night wedding at D.C.’s Meridian House to Alice Brown, 31, a staffer at the nonprofit National Partnership for Women and Families — and happily got to stick around for his reception. He also successfully kept a game-face on during a family dinner on Thursday and rehearsal on Friday.

But the morning after the ceremony, he was at work all day Sunday, we’re told. Leiter — who was criticized last year for lingering on a ski vacation after the underwear-bomber incident — has also postponed his honeymoon.

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