The hot ticket – who made the state dinner guest list?
January 19th, 2011
05:26 PM ET

The hot ticket – who made the state dinner guest list?



The Honorable Madeleine Albright, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Alice Albright

Ms. Christiane Amanpour, ABC News, New York, NY

Mr. James Rubin

The Honorable David Axelrod, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Mrs. Susan Axelrod

Mr. Jeffrey Bader, National Security Council

Ms. Rohini Talalla

The Honorable Elizabeth Bagley, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kevin Frawley

Mr. Steven Ballmer, Microsoft, Redmond, WA

Mrs. Connie Ballmer

Ms. Bette Bao Lord, New York, NY

The Honorable Winston Lord

Mrs. Denise Bauer, Belvedere Tiburon, CA

The Honorable Howard Berman, Representative from California

Mrs. Janis Berman

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Dr. Jill Biden

The Honorable Joseph Beau Biden, III, Attorney General of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

Mrs. Hallie Biden

His Excellency Zheng Bijian, Chairman, CIIDS

His Excellency Dai Bingguo, State Councilor

Mr. Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY

Mrs. Laura Blankfein

The Honorable Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, Office of the Vice President

The Honorable Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court

Dr. Johanna Breyer

Mr. Greg Brown, Motorola, Schaumburg, IL

Mrs. Anna-Louise Brown

The Honorable Dr. Zbigniew Brezezinski, McLean, VA

Mrs. Emilie A. Brzezinski

The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

The Honorable Lael Brainard, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs

The Honorable James E. Carter, former President of the United States

Mrs. Rosalynn Carter

Mr. Jackie Chan, Beverly Hills, CA

Mr. Phillip Button

The Honorable Elaine Chao, Washington, D.C.

Dr. James Chao

His Excellency Wang Chao, Vice Minister for Commerce

His Excellency Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman, CPPCC, former Hong Kong Chief Executive

Mr. John A. Chen, Chairman, Committee of 100, New York, NY

Mrs. Sherrie Chen

The Honorable Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

Mrs. Mary Pat Christie

The Honorable Judy Chu, Representative from California

Ms. Chiling Tong

The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy

Mrs. Jean Chu

The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State

The Honorable William J. Clinton, former President of the United States

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, Representative from South Carolina

Mr. John Clyburn

The Honorable Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mrs. Maggie Daley

The Honorable William Daley, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Ms. Bernadette Keller

His Excellency Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce

Mr. Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase & Co., New York, NY

Mrs. Judith Dimon

The Honorable Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor

Ms. Cathy Russell, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden

The Honorable Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education

Mrs. Karen Duncan

Mr. James Fallows, The Atlantic, Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Deborah Fallows

Mr. Xie Feng, Director General, MFA

Mr. Thomas Friedman, The New York Times, Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Ann Friedman

The Honorable Michael B. Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs

Ms. Nancy Goodman

His Excellency Wan Gang, Minister of Science and Technology

The Honorable Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense

Mrs. Becky Gates

The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury

Mrs. Carole Geithner

Mr. Mark Gilbert, Boca Raton, FL

Mrs. Nancy Gilbert

The Honorable Chris Gregoire, Governor of Washington, Olympia, WA

Ms. Courtney Gregoire

His Excellency Zhu Guangyao, Vice Minister for Finance

His Excellency Zhang Guobao, Vice Minister for NDRC

Mr. Herbie Hancock, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. GiGi Hancock

The Honorable Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Science and Technology

The Honorable Robert Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business, and Agricultural Affairs

The Honorable Steny Hoyer, Representative from Maryland, Democratic WHIP

His Excellency Wang Huning, Director of the Policy Research Office of CCCPC

The Honorable Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to China

Mrs. Mary Kaye Huntsman

Mr. Robert Iger, The Walt Disney Company, Burbank, CA

Ms. Willow Bay

Mr. David Ignatius, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Eve Ignatius

Mr. Jeff Immelt, General Electric, Fairfield, CT

Mrs. Andrea Immelt

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement

His Excellency Li Jiaxiang, Vice Minister for Transportation

His Excellency Yang Jiechi, Minister of Foreign Affairs

His Excellency Ling Jihua, Director of the General Office of CCCPC

Mr. Robert Kagan, McLean, VA

Ms. Victoria Nuland

Mr. Michael Kempner, East Rutherford, NJ

Mrs. Jacqueline Kempner

Mr. Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola, Atlanta, GA

The Honorable John F. Kerry, Senator from Massachusetts

Mrs. Teresa Heinz Kerry

Mr. Robert King, UAW, Detroit, MI

Ms. Julie Kushner

The Honorable Ron Kirk, United States Trade Representative

Mrs. Matrice Ellis-Kirk

The Honorable Henry Kissinger, New York, NY

Mrs. Nancy Kissinger

Mr. Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times, Scarsdale, NY

Ms. Sheryl WuDunn

Ms. Ellen Kullman, DuPont, Wilmington, DE

Mr. Michael Kullman

Dr. Zhang Kunsheng, Director-General, Protocol Department

Ms. Michelle Kwan, Torrance, CA

Mr. Lang Lang, New York, NY

Mrs. Zhou Xiulan

The Honorable Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources

Ms. Maya Lin, New York, NY

Mr. Daniel Wolf

Ms. Limin Liu, Reno, NV

Dr. Hugh Shapiro

Mr. Andrew N. Liveris, The Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI

Mrs. Paula Liveris

The Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce

Mrs. Mona Locke

The Honorable Christopher Lu, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

Ms. Kathryn Thomson

The Honorable Richard Lugar, Senator from Indiana

Mrs. Charlene Lugar

Mr. Yo Yo Ma, Burbank, CA

Ms. Jill Hornor

The Honorable Capricia Marshall, Chief of Protocol, Department of State

Mr. W. James McNerney, The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL

Mrs. Haity McNerney

Mr. Evan Medeiros, Director for Asian Affairs, NSS

His Excellency Jiang Mianheng, Vice Chairman, CAS

Mr. Mel Monzack, Wilmington, DE

Mrs. Ann Monzack

Admiral Michael G. Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Wendi Deng Murdoch, New York, NY

Mr. James Murren, Las Vegas, NV

Mrs. Heather Murren

The Honorable Thomas Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources

Ms. Virginia Moseley

Mr. Paul Otellini, Intel, Santa Clara, CA

Mrs. Sandy Otellini

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Representative from California, Democratic Leader

Mr. Paul Pelosi

His Excellency Zhang Ping, Minister of NDRC

The Honorable David Plouffe, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Ms. Olivia Morgan

Mr. Tom Pritzker, Pritzker Organization, Chicago, IL

Mrs. Margot Pritzker

His Excellency Wang Qishan, Vice Premier of the State Council

Ms. Jean Quan, Mayor of Oakland, CA

The Honorable Edwin M. Lee, Mayor of San Francisco, CA

Ms. Azita Raji, JP Morgan Securities, Inc., Belvedere, CA

Mr. Gary Syman

The Honorable Ben Rhodes, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

Ms. Ann Norris

The Honorable Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, New York, NY

Mr. Ian Cameron

Mr. Robert Roche, Shanghai, CN

Mr. Kenneth Roth, The Human Rights Watch, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Annie Sparrow

The Honorable Pete Rouse, Counselor to the President

Ms. Courtney Chapin

Mr. David M. Rubenstein, The Carlyle Group, Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Alice Rubenstein

Mr. Kirk Rudy, Austin, TX

Mrs. Amy Rudy

The Honorable Brent Scowcroft, The Forum for International Policy, Washington, D.C.

The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services

The Honorable Gary Sebelius

The Honorable Susan Sher, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

The Honorable Neil Cohen

Mr. Robert Sherman, Boston, MA

Ms. Kim S. Sawyer

His Excellency Chen Shiju, Chief of the Presidentโ€™s Office

The Honorable George Shultz, Stanford, CA

Mrs. Charlotte Shultz

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Culver City, CA

The Honorable Phil Gordon, Mayor of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

The Honorable Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy & Director of the National Economic Council

Ms. Allison Abner

The Honorable Jim Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State

Ms. Sherburne B. Abbott

Ms. Barbra Streisand, Malibu, CA

Mr. James Brolin

The Honorable Tina Tchen, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement

Mr. John Thornton, The Brookings Institution, HSBC North America, Palm Beach, FL

Mrs. Margaret Thornton

His Excellency Cui Tiankai, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr. Stanley Toy, Jr., Pasadena, CA

Ms. Lana Toy

Mr. Luis Ubinas, The Ford Foundation, New York, NY

Dr. Deborah Tolman

Mr. Jose Villarreal, Commissioner General, Shanghai Expo, San Antonio, TX

Ms. Sara Villarreal

Ms. Vera Wang, New York, NY

Mr. Arthur Becker

Mr. Steve Westly, Menlo Park, CA

Ms. Anita Yu

Ms. Anna Wintour, Vogue Magazine, New York, NY

Mr. Shelby Bryan

Ms. Patricia A. Woertz, Archer Daniels Midland, Decatur, IL

Mr. Kelvin R. Westbrook

Mr. B.D. Wong, New York, NY

Mrs. Roberta Wong

Mr. Charles Woo, Mega Toys, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Ying Woo

The Honorable David Wu, Representative from Oregon

Ms. Anna Kopperud

His Excellency Xie Xuren, Minister of Finance

His Excellency Zhang Yesui, Chinese Ambassador to the United States

Madam Chen Naiqing

His Excellency Sun Yibiao, Vice Minister for Customs

Topics: State Dinner • The Buzz

soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. fineart

    I'm an established American artist with work in collections around the world. Where's my invitation?

    January 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • countmein

      Where's your contribution to either of these two countries?

      January 19, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
    • Mark

      So are many, what makes you so special?

      January 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm |
    • Aaron

      You're not in the "in" crowd. The American taxpayers fund only events for the rich and well-connected, not us common folk.

      January 21, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  2. Adam

    I keep trying to think of a joke that starts with Jackie Chan, Herbie Hancock, a couple famous violin players, 50 politicians and the head of Coca Cola walking into a bar ...

    January 19, 2011 at 5:46 pm |
    • nobodysfool

      punchline might go something like this..."Is that your wife in that nice blue dress?"

      January 20, 2011 at 4:36 am |
    • Jake

      Jackie Chan, Herbie Hancock, a couple famous violin players, 50 politicians and the head of Coca Cola walking into a bar.
      Jackie Chan says. "I'll have a round for my esteemed colleagues. Could you show me where the washroom is." So the bartender says "It's down at the end of the hall, to your right." "Not so fast, Larry Craig."

      January 20, 2011 at 6:38 am |
  3. tomek

    It seems I was not invited. Shame because I like sushi.

    January 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • countmein

      I think you need to FIRST know that sushi is Japanese not Chinese, second the dinner was an all-American feast at the request of the Chinese guests.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
      • sostrooper

        detect sarcasm much?

        January 20, 2011 at 2:08 am |
  4. kanank

    Lloyd Blancfein on the list? The Goldman Sachs CEO made it to the list? You must be kidding. Looks like Obama is all talk and no action. WHy would he invite a crook and his wife into this? Obama is a brainless idiot and a crook. I am sure Lloyd and his other cronies like Geithnet, Bernanke, Greenspan,Kissinger are all in this list of crooks.

    January 19, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Movedeast

      The real surprise is Chris Christie, the Governor of NJ! That made me laugh out loud.

      January 20, 2011 at 6:04 am |
    • Wayne Schmand

      Maybe the Administration is hoping that Loyd will do for China what he's done for America. Siphon off as much money as he can into non productive uses. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 20, 2011 at 6:50 am |
    • Spencer

      This is the dumbest comment I've read in weeks. How old are you?

      January 20, 2011 at 9:18 am |
  5. Phil

    Watch out- the Salahis might sneak in.

    January 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Truth be told

      The Salahis told the WH that they regret they had the flu but were in fact able to hang with Boehner tonight to watch American Idol's debut.

      January 20, 2011 at 4:44 am |
    • Singer

      They had to turn it down but were, in fact, able to hang with Boehner tonight to watch American Idol's debut.

      January 20, 2011 at 4:45 am |
  6. johnharry

    I see the TARP loans were for "hook a brother up"

    January 19, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I've heard comments made about PRESIDENT HU of CHINA being a dictator. He's still a HEAD of STATE; He's still a president! He still deserves his pomp and circumstance! And since we owe them 'an arm and a leg', thanks to BUSH and CHENEY, for all of that 'warring', I feel that's all the more reason PRESIDENT OBAMA and the WHITEHOUSE is doing the right thing in hosting a STATE DINNER tonight. It's a show of acknowledgement, respect, courtesy and willingness to work through diplomacy to reach common goals.

    January 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Jagent

      You're such an idiot Liz

      January 19, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
      • TT

        Actually you appear to be the idiot!!!!!

        January 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm |
      • kelec

        you have really displayed the arrogance and disrespectful manner of a hater you are,no need to call someone out of there name because you disagree with there point of view.

        January 20, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • La Tita

      You're a moron.

      January 19, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Randy in GA

      Well Said Liz.

      Like it or not....its the way that it is.

      January 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Total National Debt
      Jan 20, 2000 $ 5.7 trillion
      Jan 20, 2008 $ 9.2 trillion
      Jan 19, 2011 $14.0 trillion

      In 8 years President Bush added $ 3.5 trillion.
      In 2 years Barry added $ 4.8 trillion.

      The Chinese hold about $800 billion of our debt or 5.8% To put that in perspective US based insurance companies hold 4%. Do you know who is the largest holder of national debt? The Federal government at about 50%. It is in massive savings accounts used to pay for Social Security, unemployment, and other entitlements.

      Figures according to

      January 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
      • Ostifara

        Any economist, er, anyone that knows anything about the economy, would tell you that like in physics, an object that is set in motion, stays in motion. When it comes to the debt, there's only one set of cronies to blame, and it certainly isn't the current administration. Is the current administration doing enough to help? That's another debate. But stating numbers with no reference to anything but a date doesn't prove point one.

        January 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
      • GodBlessTheUSA

        Don't forget that Huge bailout started on Bushes clock and Obama had no choice to implement it. So some of that is shared.

        January 19, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
      • Nathan

        You're leaving out the entire year of 2008, on December 31, 2008 the debt was 10.7 trillion putting Bush's total at 5 trillion. here's the link. Plus Bush had a good economy for most of his term, the debt should go up now it will go down later.

        January 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Nathan, sorry is see what you are talking about, I was just thinking that he was elected in that year but the term started on 2009, Also the same for President Bush. Here is my correction. Let me know if you see any thing wrong. All the numbers come from

        Jan 20, 2001 5.7 trillion. Bush took office.
        Jan 20, 2009 10. 6 trillion. Bush left office.
        Jan 19, 2011 14.0 trillion. Today.

        Bush $ 4.9 trillion in 8 years.
        Barry $ 3.4 trillion in 2 years.

        Ostifara, if the current administration is not to blame then the same could be said for President Bush. He started with a $ 5.7 trillion dollar debt and as you say was already in motion. It is also interesting that Barry is praised for spending money to fix the economy but Bush is vilified doing the same thing. Some how President Bush should have know that the economy was as bad as it was, yet Barry and others did not know. I think there is a big double standard going on.

        January 19, 2011 at 11:37 pm |
      • JWThiers

        Why not start inJan 20, 1980 National debt ~990 Billion Jan 20, 1988 ~ 1.8 Trillion, 1992 ~ 4 Trillion. Previous 206 years less than 1 Trillion last 30 years 13 Trillion of that 30 years Reps added about 7 trillion Dems added about the same. BUT keep in mind comparing Obama's deficits isn't exactly correct because while each president passes 4 budget cycles The first 9 months of a presidency is under the budget passed by the previous administration. Given that the economy was in the toilet when he took office and the budget was a mess (little things like the wars were NOT on the budget they are now) I say he is doing an adequate job under the circumstances.

        January 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
      • JWThiers

        Jay in NC, Bush is vilified for the economy because he took a big budget surplus (the first in a long time , two years in a row) and turned into a record deficit in 1 year. One thing that economists of nearly every stripe agree on is in order to get the economy moving again the government HAD TO SPEND MONEY IT DIDN'T HAVE.

        January 19, 2011 at 11:51 pm |
      • kuewa

        Jay in NC: Yes, we can all see your disrespect in referring to the current President by only his personal nickname. If you don't agree with the politics and are criticizing some action of the President, that's fine. However, disrespecting the President is equivalent to disrespecting our country. Is that your intention?

        January 20, 2011 at 7:02 am |
      • Jay in NC

        kuewa, consider it a term of endearment.

        January 20, 2011 at 7:24 am |
      • Dumb Redneck

        You are a stupid fool who can't even add correctly.
        2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 is that 2 years? go back to bed

        January 20, 2011 at 7:30 am |
      • HS

        Don't forget – during most of 2009, Obama was working under the budget set by Bush for Fiscal Year 2008-09. Your numbers lose meaning again!

        January 20, 2011 at 8:40 am |
      • Spencer


        You say Bush started with debt momentum? Yes we had overall debt, but Bush started his 1st term with budget surpluses thanks to Pres. Clinton. It only took him a year to turn us back into the red though.

        January 20, 2011 at 9:24 am |
      • Jay in NC

        HS, and President Bush was working with Clinton's budget as well. How many years do you think we should give Barry until he is responsible?

        Spencer, The Clinton surplus is a myth. Take a look at
        As can clearly be seen, in no year did the national debt go down, nor did Clinton leave President Bush with a surplus that Bush subsequently turned into a deficit.

        Please show proof of your claim.......

        January 20, 2011 at 10:22 am |
      • greenspam

        What is the process by which this list was created? I guess it's a combination of political ties, political donations, fame, and money?

        January 20, 2011 at 10:34 am |
      • Jay in NC

        greenspam, as I said on the 1st post and the update. Look for debt to the penny. If you do not trust the Barry administration, who will you trust.

        January 20, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • countmein

      Well said, Liz!

      January 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
    • Mark

      The only reason I can think of putting down a state dinner with China is either you already hated Obama anyway or you have some axe to grind with China. We hold state dinners for many different heads of state – should we roll out the roll calls of all the myriad guests that had state dinners with Bush? Do you really want to go there?

      Unlike Bush, I haven't seen Obama barf in anyones lap ๐Ÿ˜‰

      January 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • kjc

      liz–You are an idiot! Bush and cheney would not kow tow to china!!! it would hold fast American Values of Liberty and freedom! Not capitulation and kowtowing Obama portrays! Trump is right. Obama would get on his knees and lavish all over Hu.!!!! Stupid comment about Hu is still presidnet! Well wish Roosevelt gave Hitler a state dinner! Hitler–forget that he was head of a one party dictatorship! He is still Chancellor! Idiot woman–liz

      January 19, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • Notfooled

      @Jagent @La Tita Is that all you can come up with idiot and moron. Real intelligent. I wouldn't mess with LIZ.

      January 20, 2011 at 3:27 am |
    • Paul

      I think it is correct to wine and dine your landlord. Notice all the big business names. Now people may understand who runs this country. Everything is done for big business and the rich. Get use to it. Not going to change.

      January 20, 2011 at 8:21 am |
    • Bill B.

      Nice to know there are still some classy, respectful Americans around.

      January 20, 2011 at 8:37 am |
    • JB

      When you mentioned Bush and Cheney, you left out Cllinton.

      January 23, 2011 at 1:00 am |
  8. Shawn in AZ

    What's on the menu?

    January 19, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • 100% Eth

      American Sauce.

      January 20, 2011 at 12:25 am |
  9. Chris

    Oh some of these just HAD To be on the Hu's Hu request list. This list makes me chuckle... What a waste of US dollars for this – event!

    January 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm |
  10. GoFaster58

    Liz, that was none other than Harry Reid who referred to President Hu as a dictator. Nevada's proud of him. You go Jackie Chan!

    January 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  11. snadjafinia

    What a nice list of corporations in the list. Microsoft? Disney? Coca cola?...heh..... ..great.

    Zero class...

    January 19, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • TT

      I agree you have ZERO class!!!!

      January 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • dandemain

      And who should have been there then? Sarah Palin? Joyce Meyer? Dr. Phil? It was a state dinner and those who represent America in talent (Hancock, Ma, Streisand) or who have interests in China (Microsoft, Coke) are there. It's called building diplomacy.

      January 20, 2011 at 10:32 am |
  12. Pat

    They should put a few more poor folks on the list so they can have something to eat and gain insight into how the the elites live, and buy and sell them.

    January 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  13. kuewa

    Although the list is weighted toward individuals of Chinese descent, the overall diversity is quite amazing. Jackie Chan and BD Wong ! I doubt that any other country could put together such an interesting State Dinner.
    China is not a perfect country but it has made a lot of progress toward democracy over the years, largely due to open cultural and financial interchange with the US. This dinner is another step in the right direction.

    January 19, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • countmein

      Are you implying democracy is the perfection, Kuewa? How come we hear so many complains here in such a democratic country?

      January 19, 2011 at 10:54 pm |
      • kuewa

        No. Nowhere in my comment do I state or mean to imply that the US is a perfect country either. The reference is to China taking steps toward democracy.

        January 20, 2011 at 6:55 am |
  14. Reggie from LA

    You know, as I red down the list of all these venerable folks, I could help but grin and stop when I saw Jackie Chan's name. I am sure that he is a stately gentlemen and I mean that sincerely. I would imagine more folks will want to see him that many of the other faces in the crowd. Infectious smile and humorous personality. Makes all the other pomp and nonsense a blur.

    January 19, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
  15. HOLadd1

    And Jackie Chan making the guest list is news HOW...?

    January 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
    • Pat

      I'm waiting for the guest list for who's going to attend the soup kitchen dinner tonight. That's more important in my neck of the woods.

      January 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
      • Lisa P

        Oh, poor you! Perhaps Sarah Palin could have you over for a pity party and book signing? Or maybe the two of you could go out and shoot a tame caribou a few times for the meat locker? And I'm sure it would go great with the arugula the Obamas have been donating from the White House garden! In fact, why don't you just continue to sit on your butt and have the Obamas teach one of your no doubt many hungry kids how to grow vegetables? Send a hungry kid's parent to a State dinner and they're still hungry for the day; teach them to produce their own food and they're rid of the useless bum forever! ๐Ÿ™‚

        January 20, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • Pat

      P.S. Has China been made honorary censor at CNN tonight?

      January 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  16. otomotopia

    Lets see... 40% white, 40% asian, four Latinos and five and a half black people.

    Sounds like a dinner with someone expecting... well... a show.

    January 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm |
  17. MY INVITE ???


    January 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm |
  18. Shazizzle


    January 19, 2011 at 8:54 pm |

      Herbie definitely deserves a meal; he epitomized true American musicianship ; musician who really has a " ear " and play from their heart and music knowledge,; not by rote memories as some classical musician does. You won't understand if you are not a musician ! Herbie, as one of the innovator in modern American music , is an important part of American music evolution for the past 50 years.His accomplishment far excelled musician like Liszt; had liszt is still alive todaty, he would have tried, if he could managed, to do some of Herbie's stuff.

      January 20, 2011 at 8:04 am |
  19. michael

    does the president of china have a wife and if so where was she?

    January 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Tim

      She stays home because she is too ugly.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
      • CHINKY HEAD.

        Most wives are strictly for pragmatic reasons; marriage of convenience.It is especially a symbolic figure in China; so HU , as an important figure in politic, won't be looked upon as a gay person,which is a taboo and laughing stock in China or chinese society.
        Hu's real " love " are, of course, his numberous mistresses. Do you really believe HU, a person of that social status, is a devoted ONE-WIFE husband ? Especially in china, there are millions of women willing to be his mistress, not because HU is good in bed, but simply for the sake of a bettter life ! Besides, prostitution and infidelity are imprinted in the genes of most chinese male ! Stop sleeping and Wake up !

        January 20, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Wesley

      Liu Yongqing is his wife's name. She came to America when President Bush had a state dinner and visit.

      January 19, 2011 at 10:15 pm |

      Yeah , they do but it is just symbolic and not sexually related. But then, obviously he can't bring any of his dozens of mistresses to the state dinner. Wait the minute, may be CIA have that list , but then it is a privacy matter.

      January 20, 2011 at 7:12 am |
  20. Maha

    They forgot to include Tareq & Michaele Salahi.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
    • Aldo

      *sniff* These are making me sad. (Kitten – you are not unorwthy!)Brooke – pass Kitten some cookies, eh?Carolyn – I bet you're already all in the Christmas spirit and forgot about your loss.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  21. neal

    Now I know why Steve Jobs look his medical leave when he did.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:20 pm |
  22. Jerad

    What about Jet Li?

    January 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
  23. Goldman

    Phew, I was afraid Goldman Sachs wouldn't get a seat at the exclusive table, but I was happy to see that all of their money they earned by bending their investors over earned them 2 seats at the table.

    January 19, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  24. Tim

    Long live the Communist Party of USA !
    Long live the Communist Party of China !

    January 19, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • Edwin

      Tim Roesch sucks.

      January 20, 2011 at 6:30 am |
  25. Fallowt

    With Jackie there, the security is assured!

    January 19, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  26. YourMama

    Obama wants better security so he made sure to invite Jackie Chan

    January 19, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  27. kjc

    pathetic list of chinese descent guest list. jackie chan is an idiot! if you know and heard his political comments in asia–you will see he is an ass! he is no proponent of democracy and is a mouth piece for the dictatorship regime in china! he poo poos Taiwan and it democracy!

    January 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  28. HarlemChef

    I wonder where was Pres Obama's right-hand man, Al Sharpton???

    January 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  29. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Jagent, Idiot?!? WOW! Well OK then!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:28 am |
  30. 100% Eth

    President Hu's wife is Eight Mpnths pregnant and she stayed home.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:32 am |
  31. 100% Eth

    Is Mr.Hu wants to share Pres. Obama's Wife??? Check his bed, but!!!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:35 am |


      January 20, 2011 at 7:19 am |
  32. 100% Eth

    48/227 invited guests are Chinese background.

    Psychologically, the rooms and foods are designed to manipulated the 48 guests on American favour. Awesome!!!!!!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:40 am |
  33. 100% Eth

    Go to flea market.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:45 am |
  34. 100% Eth

    Who-is-Hu!? Hu!hu!hu!...!!! Puf!puf!puf!...!!!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:54 am |
  35. John in Taipei

    Jackie Chan stated that Chinese people need to be controlled by their government. Of course he made the list.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:16 am |
  36. Jack

    The Gathering of the Elite.
    We are but pawns in their chess game.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:53 am |
  37. AZinAK

    He gets to invite Herbie Hancock... because he wants to invite Herbie Hancock. That's awesome!

    January 20, 2011 at 3:16 am |
  38. Notfooled

    Michelle Obama looks great! Her husband not so bad either! Have a great dinner. Get us some jobs President Obama. You are doing a Great Job!

    January 20, 2011 at 3:20 am |
    • EyesWideShut

      Are you freaking kidding me? He looks like he should be standing in someone's front yard holding a big ring in his hand, she looks like a very bad transvestite and our county is going to shit and you thinks he's doing a great job? Your an ass.

      January 20, 2011 at 8:05 am |
      • Meadows

        Notfooled is right: Michelle looks gorgeous. Only people using your language will bring this country down.

        January 20, 2011 at 11:06 am |
      • Lisa P

        You can't spell.

        January 20, 2011 at 11:49 am |
  39. funnybones

    why is Vera Wang on the list? isit because she designed the dress that Michelle Obama wore?

    January 20, 2011 at 4:03 am |
    • clv129

      omg.. i hope vera wang didn't design that dress... it was atrocious!! well... i guess there's not much you can do with michelle's weird shaped body..everything looks strange on her!

      January 20, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  40. HASSAN


    January 20, 2011 at 4:18 am |
  41. Canadian

    I agree with all the listed attendees except one. Why is Barbra Streisand invited? If I'm not mistaken she has no ties to American-Chinese relations and has no Chinese ancestry.

    January 20, 2011 at 6:10 am |
  42. phil chen

    Even Jackie Chan , the goof, on the list ! Told you, OBAMA HAS NO CLASS !

    January 20, 2011 at 7:02 am |


    January 20, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  44. Chris

    Vely bad guest rist, I tink I go take showah now

    January 20, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  45. Animenut

    Quite the cast for a Jackie Chan movie.

    January 20, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  46. Jannynet

    It was interesting to see Michelle Kwan on the list, along with Barbra Streisand and James Brolin, Henry Kissinger and Nancy Kissinger. What a wide variety of people we have for an occasion such as this.

    January 20, 2011 at 7:57 am |
  47. Achumley

    Wow. Talk about a non-news item. Who cares?

    January 20, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  48. J12Attack

    Bill and Hillary at the same dinner? Awkward...

    January 20, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  49. Cee

    The use of "The Honorable" as a title implies that these individuals are in some way more worthy than a typical US citizen. Could this bestowing of title be contributing to the sense of entitlement of the "Political Class". These people are simply doing a job; unlike the military when the title has a use, the title "The Honorable" does nothing to indicate a person's position as Mayor, Judge, Representative or Senator would do. And why would an assistant to the President be deserving of any title.

    January 20, 2011 at 8:57 am |
  50. ben

    What a list. The CFR White Shoe Boy Club Reunion

    January 20, 2011 at 9:23 am |
  51. phil chen.


    January 20, 2011 at 9:39 am |
  52. HelenHull102951

    Mrs. Obama(BUFFALO FACE), looked like the great Pumpkin, and the Prez looked his usual self even polished his azz kissing lips for the event. Wonder if they visited the local soup kitchen where us Americans have to eat? Or maybe the welfare lines where all the poor mexicans were at!! *Wayne*

    January 20, 2011 at 9:53 am |
    • palintwit

      You are a moron.

      January 20, 2011 at 11:18 am |
  53. Erin Skinner

    I was really disappointed that my husband and I were not invited!

    January 20, 2011 at 10:07 am |
  54. jsr

    What were Mr. and Mrs. Streisand doing there?

    January 20, 2011 at 10:09 am |
  55. D

    State dinner?? I thought they kept saying steak dinner and thought "how nice of the Obamas to have the Hus over for a nice steak dinner. This is obviously a bigger deal than I thought.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:20 am |
  56. deeds

    That dress looked like Mrs. O just finished greaing a tractor and most of the grease was still on her. She tried another one of those dirty dresses before.

    January 20, 2011 at 10:21 am |
  57. JB

    China is not perfect nor is the USA . well done MR President .It is a well deserved diner at the WH by Mr President Hu . Oh and by the way ,me , i like chinese food better ๐Ÿ™‚

    January 20, 2011 at 10:34 am |
  58. bxgrrl

    Anyone know what the most celebrated nouveau Vegan Bill Clinton ate? Was it just the veggies?

    January 20, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  59. Mrwilliam

    Why the hell is there going to be some one there from The Walt Disney corperation?

    I'm surprised to not see Jim Owen or his replacement not on the list...

    January 20, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  60. CTExas

    WHAT? No Rush Limbaugh??

    January 20, 2011 at 10:45 am |
  61. TaxPayer

    What a waste of tax payers money??

    January 20, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  62. Isis

    I wonder why they didn't invite the guy who invented the Dollar Store.

    January 20, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  63. palintwit

    I didn't see Sarah Palin on that guest list. Probably because they weren't serving hot dogs.

    January 20, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • jeff

      She likes cold dogs and serving to the cold blooded.

      January 20, 2011 at 11:32 am |
  64. Jim in Florida

    Amazing that some of that crowd could even stay awake thru a state dinner. Carter....goodness

    I see the GE CEO made the list, of course. Maybe GE will sell all thos applinaces that do not work for long to the Chinese – wonder who handles the service calls in China for that lol

    Used to be that we wanted to make sure we taught our children Spanish as a second language. Better add Mandarin Chinese to that "must do " list. It's coming people, wait and see

    January 20, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  65. clv129

    really? cnn got the sahali's to do commentary on the state dinner? when i saw that, i immediately turned the channel... i thought that was disgustingt... cnn is stooping to new lows....

    January 20, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  66. HelenHull102951

    All of these politions ought to be ashamed of themselves for allowing their names and states to be shown on any list shown to the public in the news. Do they ever stop to think what their states people are thinking of them for attending such an extravigent dinner knowing that people are suffering from every state. This is no more than a slap in the face of their constiuents and just goes to show how much they care about us, also when any high level politition goes to China they are greeted with a show of power of their military. And what does the American gov do, they wine'em dine'em and kiss their azzes.. This makes me sick and disgustes me in every way...*Wayne*

    January 20, 2011 at 11:20 am |
    • TexasVet

      Yes, these vulgar displays are disgusting to all from the Bush ilk. It is something that was not practiced during the previous administration. Itโ€™s call diplomacy.

      January 20, 2011 at 11:57 am |
  67. Name*John Drolet

    January 20, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Name*John Drolet

      Ed Wang
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      January 20, 2011 at 11:47 am |
  68. dave larsen

    All the nice banks especially Dimon who just threw 4000 military families from their homes with HIS mistakes

    January 20, 2011 at 11:56 am |
  69. Malibu

    Right, and think of the money spent so you can use the internet and complain. Charity begins at home!

    January 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  70. Don

    Regarding the dinner speaking list following President Obama, can we assume "Hu is onfirst?" Thanks Bob Schieffer.

    January 20, 2011 at 12:08 pm |
  71. Anil

    Why weren't yao ming and his wife invited!?

    January 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  72. Don

    Regarding the dinner speaking list following President Obama, can we assume "Hu is onfirst?"

    January 20, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
  73. j

    I think it's hilarious people keep talking about their fellow citizens having to eat at soup kitchens and 'suffering' due to the recession. Considering the fact that the preponderance of Americans are overweight, having to 'go to bed hungry' might be a blessing in disguise.
    Most people just don't understand how good they have it. The poorest Americans are richer than the upper classes of developing countries, not to mention the intangible blessings of democracy we so often take for granted.

    January 20, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  74. El Kev from DFW

    One, I thought BD Wong was gay, so someone explain the "Mrs.....Wong" part. Two, all those women around and not a single one was makin' sammiches.

    January 20, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  75. Howard

    While millions of unemployed, or hard working, tax paying Americans are having a hard time feeding their families, these elitist swine continue to lavish themselves in luxury. A good leader would be sensitive to the pain of those they lead, and by example show some frugality. But, the Obamas and their group of opulent entitled comrades continue their irresponsible spending in front of a struggling nation ... as if to rub our noses in it, while they squander our hard earned money !!!

    January 20, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • truth matters

      Why are hardworking, taxpaying citizens having a hard time feeding their families? what are they doing with their paychecks?

      January 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  76. guadalupe

    hey helenhull,don't be as idiot as to think that all the mexicans are on the welfare lines.the great majority of us go to work everyday and don't lose the time snitching as you on cnn

    January 20, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  77. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Jay; THANKS for shouting down what seems to be pure disrespect and hate for the president and his wife, personally! That's all I've ever been trying to say. Can you see why I felt like it was biggotry, hate and racist? Most of them are just ranting and spewing hateful poisons with no substance! They don't even have a valid political reason to dislike him, therefore, they hadn't done any resarch on anything; like YOU are very good at doing! It's pure and simple hate! They say I'm an idiot, but that's fine!

    January 20, 2011 at 10:18 pm |
  78. Wondering omission

    I have a question: Why wasn't Jean Quan listed as "The Honorable" Jean Quan??? Elected officials, especially MAYORS OF LARGE CITIES, are typically given this distinction, note the way Edwin M. Lee is listed, right below her name. Ms Quan just became Oakland's first female mayor, as well as Oakland's first Asian-American mayor and the first Asian-American woman to head a major city in the United States!!!! Come on, man!

    January 23, 2011 at 4:40 am |
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