I love a big fancy event and I don't think we get bigger or better that a good old fashioned State Dinner. Last night, the Obama's welcomed Chinese President Hu Jintau. Regardless of which party is in power and who is occupying the Oval Office, a State Dinner is an important part of US diplomacy and has been so since the Grant administration which first started using the State Dinner as a diplomatic tool, honoring a specific foreign head of state. It's part diplomacy, part theater. And a whole lot of fun to watch. Wouldn't you love to be invited??
Here are some interesting State Dinners in history:
The First Lady and her staff are responsible for the decor, menu, etc. for State Dinners. This is from the dinner the Bushes hosted for the Japanese Prime Minister. Love the color palette!
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