AP Photo

AP Photo

Stillwater native Denis McDonough, President Obama’s chief of staff, was seen greeting returning federal workers at the White House gates Thursday morning, marking the end of the 16-day federal government shutdown.

McDonough was described by White House press pool reporter Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics “in shirt sleeves and with a No. 2 pencil above his right ear…greeting returning workers shortly after 9 a.m. at the [northwest] guard gate.”

According to Simendinger, the former St. John’s football player “could be heard saying ‘Good Morning!’ in a loud voice, patting the shoulders of workers and exchanging a few cheery remarks.”

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