Reporting from Washington — President Obama's second official state dinner mixed elegance with an extra helping of security as he and First Lady Michelle Obama saluted Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife, Margarita Zavala, Wednesday night.
Among the 200 dinner guests were Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Eva Longoria-Parker, comedian George Lopez and Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim.
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White House dinner: An article in Thursday's LATExtra section about President Obama's state dinner honoring the president of Mexico said two young Mexican singers entertained after the meal. The performers, Rodrigo y Gabriela, are guitarists. —
Longoria-Parker struck a political note in making her entrance, calling Arizona's new immigration law punitive.
Villaraigosa said he expected fair, comprehensive immigration reform under Obama.
Lopez told reporters: "I'm sitting with a president. They didn't tell me what country."
At the Obamas' first state dinner, in November, three uninvited guests slipped in. Three months later, Social Secretary Desiree Rogers resigned.
Wednesday's affair included heavy security.
"Quite a bit of security: three stops and several questions," said one guest, Maria Elena Salinas, a Miami-based anchor for Univision.