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Old 02-12-2014, 10:27 AM  
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Obama and Michelle live the lifestyle of the rich and famous yet denounce people who are wealthy. The Hollywood elite treat him like royalty and dine and entertain for him at his beck and call.

Politics with a side of caviar: Obama welcomes Hollande at state dinner

(CNN) -- If you have to ask, you're probably not on the list.
U.S. President Barack Obama hosted his French counterpart, Francois Hollande, at a state dinner Tuesday night -- the first of his second term.

The event is a highly coveted social soiree. The presidents were joined by Michelle Obama and the crème de la crème of Washington and Hollywood.

Among this year's invited guests were: J.J. Abrams, Bradley Cooper, Stephen Colbert, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Much like an awards show, guests streamed past a sea of cameras. Some stopped and talked to reporters.
The first lady wore a billowing black and blue dress designed by Carolina Herrera, and greeted Hollande along with her husband on the steps outside.

When the three came down a staircase inside, she walked behind the two men, because Hollande went to the dinner stag.

The main event was held in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House.

"We Americans have grown to love all things French -- the films, the food, the wine -- especially the wine. But most of all we love our French friends because we've stood together for our freedom for more than 200 years," President Obama said at dinner.

Attendees munched on four courses of American-grown haute cuisine: osetra caviar and quail eggs, a winter salad "served in a wonderful glass bowl to make it look like a terrarium," Colorado-raised beef and a chocolate dessert sourced from Obama's native Hawaii.

Before the dinner, the White House released the names and vintages of the wines poured at each course -- a change from the last few state dinners, which listed only "American" bottles lest the price shock taxpayers. Reds from California and Washington State and a sparking wine from Virginia were the selections. None retail for more than $50 a bottle.

It all sounds very fancy -- and it is -- but state dinners aren't just about pomp and pageantry, according to the White House.

"Behind the festive exterior of the social scene, the important business of government goes on -- information is gathered -- opinions exchanged -- powerful connections made and appearances upheld. For these reasons White House invitations are the most important and the most sought after in the nation's social whirl," the White House website says.

A socialist elected in 2012, Hollande arrived alone for the dinner after revelations in France of an affair with an actress and the subsequent end of his longtime relationship with Valerie Trierweiler, who was considered the equivalent of the French first lady even though the two weren't married.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:31 AM   #2
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:39 AM   #3
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"Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson said his wife, Michelle Rhee, taught him a couple of French phrases on their way to the White House and declared he was "ready to bust 'em out." They included "bonsoir" and "bon appetit," he said playfully."


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Old 02-12-2014, 10:44 AM   #4
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:45 AM   #5
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J'etudie le francais depuis vingt ans. Mais, j'oubliais un beaucoup parce que je ne parles jamais.
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Never had it, sounds like they are to good for chicken eggs like us peasants.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:52 AM   #8
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Quail eggs suck imo. They are tiny like those malted milk blue easter egg candies. Never had caviar.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:01 AM   #11
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Obama Toasts Solo French President at State Dinner

It was the talk of the town that no one seemed to want to talk about, French President Francois Hollande's very public breakup from his first lady just weeks before President Barack Obama raised a glass to him at an elegant White House state dinner.

"I don't get involved in those things," demurred actress Cicely Tyson, who, at age 80, said she's been to plenty such affairs.

But it was another kind of affair, "l'affaire Hollande," that Tyson and her fellow celebrities, Democratic donors, politicians and business types who made up the 350-person guest list Tuesday evening avoided mentioning.

Former NAACP president Ben Jealous was nothing but admiring of the French intrigue.
"I think the French are way cooler than we are on a whole lot of fronts," he said, including "way better gossip."


On a frigid night, the evening's pomp and pageantry were designed to wrap Hollande in a comfy blanket of warmth, from the moment he stepped out of his limo and onto a red carpet on the Pennsylvania Avenue entrance to the White House. The Obamas greeted him on the front steps, the first lady clad in a black and liberty blue silk gown by Carolina Herrera.

The evening's celebrity quotient was impressive, including actors Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling and Tyson. Many wondered how Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert snagged a seat on the other side of the first lady.
Sacramento, Calif., Mayor Kevin Johnson said his wife, Michelle Rhee, taught him a couple of French phrases on their way to the White House and declared he was "ready to bust 'em out." They included "bonsoir" and "bon appetit," he said playfully.`

Bronx-born singer Mary J. Blige, the evening's sole entertainer, had to think for a second when asked whether she had a French connection. "Um, my last name is French," she said.

Obama, in his dinner toast, was deliberately sparing with his French.
He welcomed the guests with a hearty "bonsoir," then confessed that "I have now officially exhausted my French."`


Hollande delivered a good portion of his reciprocal toast in respectable English before switching to French.

"We love Americans, although we don't always say so," he told the crowd.
Amidst all the pleasantries and tactful chitchat, there was the occasional moment of candor.

Cosmopolitan editor Joanna Coles, asked about her Kaufman Franco black dress with a leather bodice, told reporters, "I was hoping it wasn't too slutty."


http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/...inner-22474667
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I don't care. There would have been tears about Bush doing it though, that's for sure.
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I don't care. There would have been tears about Bush doing it though, that's for sure.
Same. State dinners need to be fabulous even if the POTUS were normally a penny-pinching man of the people.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:20 AM   #14
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This rates pretty low on the offensive meter compared to a lot of other things that this president has done. Putting our best foot forward at a State dinner is something the president should do. It's not like he is going to serve burgers off the grill on paper plates.

However...

I think the real thing that drives people nuts is the complete lack of self-awareness demonstrated by Obama. Argue for gun control, then walk down the street with a dozen armed bodyguards. Support religious freedom when you can't even see how your healthcare law infringes upon it. Talk up economic equality and have instance after instance of publicized events that make you seem oblivious to it. One? OK. Dozens? Really?

Sure other presidents take advantage of the privilages of power. I get that. But even Bush had the sense to stop playing golf while we were in Iraq. He understood how that looked. The arrogance that this president demonstrates is akin to giving the country the bird. The complete lack of self awareness is astounding.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:21 AM   #15
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Same. State dinners need to be fabulous even if the POTUS were normally a penny-pinching man of the people.
What we need is a Jewish president who's a successful business man. That'll fix the budget and state dinners would be cut back too.
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