Nov 17, 2012
Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite embroiled in the scandal surrounding former CIA director and retired Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’s abrupt resignation last week, visited the White House with her twin sister three times this fall, a White House official confirmed Friday.
Kelley, 37, and her sister, Natalie Khawam, lunched at the White House mess, or cafeteria, twice with a mid-level staffer in the Obama administration whom Kelley had met socially in Tampa. One lunch occurred in late September and the other in late October. In addition, Kelley, her husband, their three children, her sister and her sister’s child took a tour of the White House on Nov. 4.
All three visits were arranged by the staffer as a courtesy and at the request of Kelley, said the White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. The staffer did not offer a private tour but simply arranged for Kelley and her relatives to take a tour of the White House that is regularly available to members of the public.
The official said the staffer met Kelley during a visit to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, headquarters of the U.S. Central Command. It was during Petraeus’s command there that he met Kelley, a prominent Tampa socialite known for throwing lavish parties and for befriending top military leaders at Central Command.