Obama's First State Dinner

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Obama's First State Dinner

The Menu, Guest List and More Details from the President's First State Dinner at the White House





The Photos


Images from President and first lady's first state dinner, held in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House

Photos: White House Arrivals

Photos: Scenes from the State Dinner





The Party Crashers


Secret Service and civilians alike were shocked to find out that Virginia couple Tareq and Michaele Salahi were able to bypass security and get into the state dinner without an invitation, mingling with Washington's elite and even meeting President Obama.

Photos: White House Crashers' Celebrity Pals

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More on the White House Party Crashers







The Menu

The menu for the Nov. 24 dinner includes roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, prawns in green curry and pumpkin pie tart.

More Details on the Menu

Menus from Other White House Dinners







The China

The Obamas chose from the White House's historic china collection to set the tables for their first state dinner.

Selections include:

Service Plates: Castleton China, New Castle, Pa., (Eisenhower administration, 1955)

Service Plates: Lenox, Trenton, N.J. (Clinton administraion, 2000)

Dinner Plates: Lenox, Kinston, N.C. (Geroge W. Bush administration, gift of the White House Acquisition Trust, 2008-2009)

Obama's First State Dinner Honors India

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The Guest List

The guest of honor is India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur. Other political guests included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

From the entertainment world, attendees included Steven Spielberg, Ari Emanuel and filmmaker M. Knight Shyamalan.

The Full Guest List

Obama's First State Dinner Honors India





The Performers

Kurt Elling, Jennifer Hudson, the National Symphony Orchestra, A.R. Rahman and the U.S. Marine Corps Band performed during the affair.

Jennifer Hudson to Perform at State Dinner

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