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It was a celebration to remember for Rickey Smiley who attended the White House Christmas party a few days ago.


“Proud dad,” tweeted Smiley along with a picture of him and son Malik with the president and first lady. Malik stood tall next to President Obama, who placed an arm on the youngster’s shoulder during the photo session. Rickey beamed while standing between First Lady Obama and his son. “Great time at the White House last night,” wrote the star after the event.

Smiley proudly fathers ten children, two biological kids and eight others whom he has raised as his own, and thoroughly enjoys being around his bunch. “I just kind of keep them with me, and we do a lot of stuff,” says the star. “I don’t overbook myself and put myself in a position where I don’t have time for them,” explains Smiley. “We have vacations every year, we spend time at the house, we watch movies, we go to Walmart. We do everything.”

This year’s White House party was held on December 18, 2014. Several other stars, in addition to Rickey Smiley also attended the event.



Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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