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June 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Katherine Skiba
More than 200 guests have begun filing into the White House for a state dinner honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a night when German heritage trumped Hollywood glitz, compared with other Obama administration soirees. The guest list, provided by the White House, is dominated by administration and government officials from Washington and Berlin. More than half a dozen members of Congress also scored invitations, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
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February 12, 2014 | By Susan Denley
First Lady Michelle Obama wore a blue gown by designer Carolina Herrera at Tuesday night's state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande. Celebs including Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephen Colbert mingled with the pols. [Los Angeles Times] Los Angeles designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed their best collection yet at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore says. It included some gowns meant only for the runway that were inspired by "Star Wars.
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March 14, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba and Ian Duncan
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, hosted the sixth state dinner of their tenure Wednesday evening, honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron in a celebration of spring in a tent on the White House's South Lawn. The black-tie gala drew Hollywood celebrities, deep-pocketed donors, titans of government and the reigning king of golf: Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy. Other notables: investment guru Warren Buffett, actor George Clooney,  journalist Charlie Rose, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour and British actor Damian Lewis, who stars in TV's “Homeland,” which counts the president as a fan. PHOTOS: Inside the state dinner Guests from Chicago included White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Obama campaign backers Neil Bluhm, Fred Eychaner and Rajiv Kumar Fernando.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Mindy Kaling was one of the many celebrities hobnobbing with politicians at a White House State Dinner on Tuesday. "The Mindy Project" star chronicled the entirety of her evening on Twitter and Instagram, taking followers inside the White house fete , which was hosted by President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to honor French President Francois Hollande. The dinner also took place amid a torrent of rumors revolving around the French leader's personal life. Journalist Valerie Trierweiler, who was considered the French first lady, split with Hollande last month after a swirl of reports that romantically linked him to an actress . PHOTOS: White House State Dinner's entertainment side The party took place in a tent on the White House lawn with more than 300 people attending.
NATIONAL
May 20, 2010 | By Katherine Skiba, Tribune Newspapers
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. Longoria-Parker struck a political note in making her entrance, calling Arizona's new immigration law punitive.
NATIONAL
December 4, 2009 | By Kathleen Hennessey
The White House security procedures in place during last week's state dinner had been used at times during past administrations without problems, the Secret Service director said Thursday as he tried to explain how a Virginia couple managed to talk their way into one of the most heavily guarded buildings in the world. A contrite Mark Sullivan told the House Homeland Security Committee that the breakdown was an isolated incident and not an institutional failure. "I believe it's due just to poor judgment," Sullivan told lawmakers, adding that three uniformed agents had been placed on paid administrative leave while investigators look into how Tareq and Michaele Salahi managed to attend a state dinner for the Indian prime minister without being on the guest list.
NATIONAL
November 28, 2009 | By Peter Nicholas and Josh Meyer
President Obama met face to face with the Virginia couple who crashed this week's state dinner at the White House, officials acknowledged Friday, as the Secret Service said that it was "deeply concerned and embarrassed" by the breach of security. A Secret Service spokesman also confirmed that the agency was conducting a two-pronged inquiry into whether the couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, broke criminal laws, and how the president's bodyguards came to let them inside what was supposed to be one of the world's most carefully secured buildings.
NEWS
November 18, 1988 | BETTY CUNIBERTI, Times Staff Writer
The Reagan era of White House entertaining ended Wednesday night exactly the way it began eight years ago: In a regal lovefest for the President's favorite world leader, Margaret Thatcher. The British prime minister, Reagan's ideological twin, was the Administration's first state dinner guest of honor in February of 1981.
NATIONAL
November 23, 2009 | By Katherine Skiba
What's the hottest ticket in the nation's capital? An engraved invitation to Tuesday's White House state dinner, the first hosted by President Obama. He and the first lady will honor India's prime minister. But in a departure from the traditional venue -- the elegant State Dining Room -- the Obamas will gather with a few hundred VIPs in a huge, heated tent on the South Lawn. The guest list for the black-tie gala remains a closely guarded secret. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, will certainly be there.
NATIONAL
November 26, 2009 | By Andrew Zajac
President Obama's state dinner for India's prime minister was a platform to lavish attention on a key strategic ally. It also underscored the emergence of Indian Americans as civic and political leaders -- and increasingly important sources of campaign money. The 320-person guest list for Tuesday's event was in some ways a traditional amalgam of politicians, diplomats, celebrities and heavyweight donors. But the dozens of Indian Americans on the list attested to that group's heightened profile.
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January 19, 2013 | Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Since Michelle Obama and her kitten heels first stepped onto the national stage five years ago, the keys to her personal dress code have remained remarkably consistent. Pearls, cardigans and brooches are all components of the first lady's look. Conservative relics of an old world Washington wardrobe? Not the way Obama interprets them, always adding her own twist. Here are a few of her most influential style signatures. - Booth Moore Pearls Obama breathed new life into the most traditional of heirloom accessories by choosing updated interpretations of the classic pearl necklace, which have included the edgy (tangled strands of blue-tone pearls by L.A.-based designer Tom Binns worn with a Marchesa gown to a state dinner in March)
NATIONAL
August 20, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
It was billed as the first-ever Kids' State Dinner, but it wasn't.  This was lunch. And the 54 winners of the competition, dreamed up by Epicurious and created in conjunction with First Lady Michelle Obama, made lunch fare: Scrumptious Salmon Salad Lunch and Strawberryana Smoothie, for example. There was also Fish Fueled Pepper Rocket with Kale Chips and Quinoa. And Yummy Cabbage Sloppy Joes. Cabbage on a bun?  It had better be yummy. The 54 lucky winners joined the first lady in the East Room of the White House on Monday, right about brunch time.  The event was streamed live on her Let's Move website, which also has a list of winners and some select recipes, such as Secret Service Super Salad . President Obama crashed the event , according to the Chicago Tribune, where he admitted he was not a great cook -- just an "OK" one.  "I don't cook that often these days," he said, "but I remember cooking.
NEWS
March 14, 2012 | By Katherine Skiba and Ian Duncan
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, hosted the sixth state dinner of their tenure Wednesday evening, honoring British Prime Minister David Cameron in a celebration of spring in a tent on the White House's South Lawn. The black-tie gala drew Hollywood celebrities, deep-pocketed donors, titans of government and the reigning king of golf: Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy. Other notables: investment guru Warren Buffett, actor George Clooney,  journalist Charlie Rose, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour and British actor Damian Lewis, who stars in TV's “Homeland,” which counts the president as a fan. PHOTOS: Inside the state dinner Guests from Chicago included White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Obama campaign backers Neil Bluhm, Fred Eychaner and Rajiv Kumar Fernando.
NEWS
March 8, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
What's a state dinner without the Big Dance? President Obama is scheduled to share one of his greatest passions with David Cameron during the British prime minister's visit to the United States next week: college hoops. Obama plans to travel with Cameron to Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday night to take in an opening-round game in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, the White House confirmed. The NCAA tournament -- known as March Madness -- has become a fixture of the Obama presidency.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
About 220 elites will dine al fresco Tuesday when German Chancellor Angela Merkel is feted at a state dinner, White House aides said. First Lady Michelle Obama chose the Rose Garden for the gala dinner, the fourth of the Obama presidency. The menu's main course will be petite filet with Maryland crab ravioli and the dessert, a sweet nod to the honored guest: apple strudel with golden raisins and topfen. The second course reflects Obama's heritage, it being Hawaiian tuna styled into tuna tartare served with rye crisps and accompanied by pickled carrots, spring pea salad and shaved ham and ginger snaps.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli and Katherine Skiba
More than 200 guests have begun filing into the White House for a state dinner honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a night when German heritage trumped Hollywood glitz, compared with other Obama administration soirees. The guest list, provided by the White House, is dominated by administration and government officials from Washington and Berlin. More than half a dozen members of Congress also scored invitations, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
NATIONAL
December 1, 2009 | By Josh Meyer and Peter Nicholas
As Congress prepares to examine how a Virginia couple crashed the first state dinner of the Obama administration, the pair may be pointing to e-mail correspondence they had with a senior Pentagon official as evidence that they were invited guests after all. FOR THE RECORD: State dinner: An article in Tuesday's Section A about Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the couple mistakenly admitted to a White House state dinner, misstated the former service...
NEWS
February 24, 2000 | From Associated Press
Hillary Rodham Clinton took a breather from the hurly-burly of New York politics to dine on grilled rack of lamb and California pinot noir with the king and queen of Spain at a sparkling White House state dinner Wednesday. The lavish affair for 170 guests, featuring a performance by tenor Placido Domingo, topped off the first lady's first official day back in the executive mansion since launching her political campaign in New York on Feb. 6. "Mrs.
NEWS
June 7, 2011 | By Katherine Skiba, Washington Bureau
President Obama hosted a state dinner Tuesday for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, using his first lady’s favorite real estate -- the Rose Garden -- for the soiree. About 206 guests, long on German heritage but short on Hollywood glitz, gathered on a balmy late-spring night for the outdoor party. Obama presented Merkel with the Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor a president may bestow. First-rate American fare, including food, wines and performer James Taylor, was showcased.
NEWS
May 24, 2011 | By Christi Parsons and Michael A. Memoli
President Obama and Queen Elizabeth II toasted the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom on Tuesday, a bond strengthened at times of peril for each of the transatlantic allies. In remarks at the start of a gala state dinner in Buckingham Palace, the queen recalled how the United States "came to the rescue" of Britain in the past and said today "the U.S. remains our most important ally. " When the two nations stand together, she said "our people and other people of the good will around the world will be more secure and prosperous.
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