Obama attends wedding of longtime personal chef

POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — White House chef Sam Kass and MSNBC host Alex Wagner are tying the knot in an evening ceremony at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table restaurant in Pocantico Hills, just north of New York City.

President Barack Obama has set aside the pressures of the world's trouble spots to attend tonight's wedding.

Kass began preparing meals for the Obamas when the family lived in Chicago. He came to the White House with them in 2009.

Obama and Kass have a close relationship, which Obama highlighted earlier this month by spending hours at dinner at Kass' apartment amid the turmoil in Iraq, Ukraine and Ferguson, Missouri.

Obama also spent five hours at Kass' home on one of the aide's final evenings as a bachelor.

Kass has also been golfing with the president.

Obama, his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, are attending the ceremony at the restaurant, which is a favorite of both Kass and Mrs. Obama. The first lady hosted the spouses of world leaders there in 2010.