The White House did not reveal whether star Daniel Day-Lewis and director Steven Spielberg will be on hand
Having just secured a second term, President Obama will draw inspiration from another famous White House occupant with a screening Thursday of "Lincoln."
Directed by Steven Spielberg, the biopic about the 16th president's efforts to abolish slavery has received rave reviews and Oscar buzz for its star Daniel Day-Lewis' performance as the Great Emancipator.
It's not known if it will receive a presidential endorsement, but some critics have treated the film almost as a national civics lesson.
"Go see this movie," A.O. Scott wrote in the New York Times. "Take your children, even though they may occasionally be confused or fidgety. Boredom and confusion are also part of democracy, after all. 'Lincoln' is a rough and noble democratic masterpiece — an omen, perhaps, that movies for the people shall not perish from the earth."
The screening will be held at 4:35 Thursday with cast and crew, according to the White House website. The White House did not say if Spielberg, Day-Lewis or co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field will be in the audience at the closed-to-the-media event.
It should be a friendly crowd. Spielberg has donated to Obama's campaign in the past and in a speech at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts' Britannia Awards last week that poked fun at Clint Eastwood's RNC monologue, Daniel Day-Lewis congratulated the president on his victory.
"I know as an Englishman it's absolutely none of my business," said Day-Lewis to an empty chair that, in shades of Eastwood's speech, was meant to symbolize Obama, "but I'm just so very grateful it was you!"