Indian State Dinner
November 8th, 2010
07:20 PM ET

Indian State Dinner

Pool report filed by Margaret Talev of McClatchy Newspapers

The State Dinner was held at Presidential Palace Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. The palace grounds were dramatically lit by thousands of small candle lights, with draped and tented areas on manicured lawn, and pathways decorated with orange and red mums and strings of white fragrant little flowers. Also spotted: a sitar band.

After being stripped of our mobile devices, your pool was ushered through several halls and passageways of the ornate palace past the president's guards, majestic looking in red and white uniforms and holding ceremonial spears. We were taken to the Morning Room, with its high, painted sky blue ceiling, glass chandeliered and upholstered sitting chairs in gold hues.

The Indian president, in an elegant cream, black and gold sari, and her husband, greeted President Obama, in a dark suit, and First Lady Michelle Obama in a metallic-pewter-toned long-skirted ensemble. All shook hands and President Patil patted the Obamas' hands affectionately. The delegations sat down for a meeting that was to last up to half an hour.

The Indian foreign secretary and Indian ambassador to the U.S. also were in the room; Valerie Jarrett and Secs. Geithner, Locke and Vilsack from U.S. delegation. Jarrett wore a colorful Indian silk shawl and what looked to be a handsome blue necklace she bought earlier in the day from vendors at the hotel.

The leaders were seated and Obama told President Patil he's had a "wonderful visit" and other inaudible as a crush of press, mostly cameras, was ushered out. Dinner guests were entering the grounds as we exited.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. larrywi

    The woman needs a make over, and Jenny Craig would also be in order!

    November 8, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  2. marcamp

    lol...guess we're paying for those CNN reporters, along with the other thousands, to go on this trip....10% unemployment, health costs skyrocketing, two wars, spiraling deficits, and after years of this country sending jobs overseas, and YES, he was a sitting senator when it was done, now they want to try to get those jobs back? For what? So he could give them to the illegal immigrants he wants to provide amnesty to...oh, wait, those would be his future voters....Yeah, that'll happen..all of those countries are begging us to take back jobs...He is batting a zero average on these trips....this President can't keep his bum in the seat..if he were a child, they'd said he needed medication...and many of us would agree..he can't seem to pay attention to what he signed up for! for God's sake, I feel like we voted a guy in office who really wants to be a traveling salesman......his rump hasn't stayed in a seat for one full day in the past twenty-three months....he may have his followers, but most of us are getting his number...if you can't lead, leave...and that's what he does every morning..he leaves to go somewhere else where he could do what he does best..."talk a good talk." unfortunately, most of the world is already figuring it out...only his base won't "get it."

    November 8, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
  3. ybs

    I'm proud of you & Michelle!

    http://bit.ly/twitterybs

    November 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  4. ybs

    I'm proud of you (Obama) & Michelle!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  5. Joe

    I'm proud of you (Obama) & Michelle!

    November 8, 2010 at 2:05 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The FLOTUS looks elegant.

    November 8, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  7. Bev Gntrd

    I admire the President and First Lady Obama. They are both very classy. I am extremely tired of the negativity and the naysayers. Regarding the Health Care issue, when I hear John Beohner or Eric Canter say, "The American people have spoken..." I wonder who they are talking about. The Republican Leadership has had plenty of opportunity to fix healthcare, close the financial loop holes that got us into trouble, and on and on and they did not. I think they are just miffed that someone besides them has us moving in the right direction. And they say jobs, jobs, jobs but you cannot create the many and the kinds of jobs we need WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY. Get real!! Let's support our President and recognize that his administration has accomplished a great many moves that have bettered our countries problems – he cannot fix everything all at once nor can he alone accomplish what we need. But, at least he has taken steps in the right direction. We must get public financing for elections and universal healthcare in order to SAVE ourselves!!

    November 8, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  8. Marie

    Love the new blog! CNN is now one step ahead with one place for news for our President!

    November 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm |