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Old 02-12-2014, 09:27 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, 10:22 AM   #16
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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, 10:22 AM   #17
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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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Old 02-12-2014, 10:25 AM   #18
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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.
Reflects how he governs. Vacation a lot ( work ethic ) then spend, spend, spend, spend without increased revenue coming in.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:26 AM   #19
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:28 AM   #20
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I've had caviar. It can be kind of fishy. Personally, I'd rather have french onion dip.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:32 AM   #21
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I've had caviar. It can be kind of fishy. Personally, I'd rather have french onion dip.
I'd rather a banana and nutella crepe by a road vendor brought into the Rose Garden for the affair.
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Old 02-12-2014, 10:48 AM   #22
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I've had caviar. It can be kind of fishy. Personally, I'd rather have french onion dip.
That's because you are a mere peasant and aren't culturally evolved enough to enjoy it. Caviar is best left to the ruling class and their entertainer friends.
Said with respect Pat. I had it on a cruise once. They must've had a lot to get rid of because even us on the steerage level got some. I didn't like it either.
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A little less pomp and pageantry: Obama hosts fewer state dinners

Washington (CNN) -- The state dinner is Washington's top fete. And over the years, the Obama administration has weathered the party crashing Salahis — an incident which launched congressional scrutiny of White House security -- and a dinner-canceling snub from the Brazilian President last year after learning the United States was spying on her government.

This White House has preferred to pare the pageantry in favor of quieter dinners with other world leaders. After all, state affairs, like the one set for Tuesday night for French President Francois Hollande, are glitzy and require huge guest lists and stodgier protocols.

In fact, the Obamas have hosted just six state dinners, which is about the same number as George W. Bush. Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush threw more than 20, and Ronald Reagan hosted 35.

Nonetheless, the state dinner, a tradition formalized under Ulysses S. Grant, is still a highly coveted social soiree.

Here's the scoop:

Getting the details right: The White House social secretaries, State Department chief of protocol, first lady's office and others all work together to ensure that everything from culturally appropriate menus are prepared and customs honored.

During the Obama's first state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh guests ate red lentil soup with fresh cheese and a choice of entrees -- roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, chick peas and okra for vegetarians, or green curry prawns, among other items.

Tables were adorned with magnolia branches -- from species native to both India and the United States. Of course, this is also the party that Michaele and Tareq Salahi managed to attend without an invitation, so sometimes details slip through the cracks.

The attire: State dinners are black tie affairs complete with tuxedos and designer gowns. New York-based designer Naeem Khan created a one of a kind strapless gold and silver gown which first lady Michelle Obama donned during the administration's first state dinner.

For her first state dinner former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy wore "wore a Grecian-style gown of pale yellow silk organza touched with brilliants," according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Not all of the attendees are fans of formal attire. Nikita Khrushchev, then-leader of the former Soviet Union, famously refused to wear tie and tails to the state dinner thrown in his honor by President Dwight Eisenhower. "My husband would just as soon dress that way, too, if I'd let him," Mamie Eisenhower reportedly said.

The setting: Well, the State Dining Room at the White House, of course. Tables are adorned with fine linen, china from presidencies past are often used, and the room is lit by gilded candelabras and chandeliers. Often, as in tonight's fete, dinners are hosted in a large white tent on the South Lawn of the White House. The event is sort of the wonk world's red carpet event and guests stream past a sea of cameras. The movie, "The Butler," a loosely factual account of the life Eugene Allen, a butler at the White House for 34 years and through eight administrations, shows Allen and his wife attending a state dinner hosted by the Reagans for West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

Scoring an invite: If you have to ask, you're probably not on the list.

The list is culled from recommendations from the President and first lady, top government officials, the Pentagon, members of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the State Department. Hollywood stars and community and business leaders are also often asked to attend.

According to the White House website on state dinners, "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."

A seat at the table: In the 1960s, Mrs. Kennedy dispensed with the long banquet tables of her predecessors in favor of round tables designed to give all guests an equal opportunity to rub elbows. It is a tradition that subsequent administrations have kept.

The music: During the Obama administration state dinner guests have enjoyed music from such artists as Beyoncé, Rodrigo y Gabriela, John Legend and British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons. On Tuesday night, Mary J. Blige will entertain
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I'm not really seeing any denouncing......
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During the Obama's first state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh guests ate red curry lentil soup with curry cheese and a choice of entrees -- roasted hot curry potato dumplings with tomato chutney, chick peas and okra for vegetarians, or green curry prawns, among other items.

Obama's butt was hot after that.
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