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“Hotter than the gates of Hades,” said Cathy Corey, also of Houston.

The bachelorette crew had a cocktail reservation for Saturday night at an outdoor deck at a hotel that overlooked the White House.

“How else are we going to see Barack (Obama)?” said Heaton. “It’s really not too bad in the shade.”

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Zongker reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Verena Dobnik in New York, Ed Donahue in Alexandria, Va., Steve Szkotak in Richmond, Va., Mike Householder in Detroit, Carla K. Johnson in Chicago and Tom Coyne in South Bend, Ind. contributed to this report.