President’s week ahead tips to global issues
June 5th, 2011
04:04 PM ET

President’s week ahead tips to global issues

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After spending a quiet weekend in Washington, including a round of golf on Saturday, President Obama faces a busy week ahead at the White House - a week in which he'll focus attention on issues overseas.  The president will host three international leaders, discussing a variety of issues, ranging from the world economy to military operations in Libya and Afghanistan to Africa. 

On Monday, there are no public events scheduled for the president.  President Obama will hold his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan with his national security team.


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The big dinner: power + politics
The table setting for the state dinner held in honor of Chinese President Hu earlier this year.
April 4th, 2011
05:20 PM ET

The big dinner: power + politics

Washington (CNN) - It's the ultimate intersection of power and social connections.  In a town where as much is accomplished in a social setting as behind a desk, Washington power brokers should take note: the Obama's are hosting a state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit in June. 

The White House notes the historic significance of Merkel's visit, the first by a German head of state is nearly 20 years.  That last state visit was in 1992 by then German President Richard von Weizsäcker, just two years after the fall of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany.  Merkel herself grew up in East Germany.  She won the 2010 Medal of Freedom and President Obama will award it to her during the June visit. 

But there's is also the undercurrent of world events on the agenda including Germany's reluctance to join NATO allies in instituting a no-fly zone over Libya.  The White House announcement of the German visit said the two leaders are expected to discuss "Afghanistan, the Middle East, Iran, and on promoting human rights and global economic stability and growth." FULL POST

Topics: Germany • President Obama • State Dinner • The News
January 21st, 2011
01:05 PM ET

What (not) to wear to a state dinner – you be the judge!

71,000 of you viewed our post of the state dinner guest list so we thought you might also be interested in who wore what to the black tie gala.  Let us know your votes for best and worst dressed.

Topics: China • State Dinner • The Buzz • The Visuals
Menu: 'quintessentially American'
January 19th, 2011
06:27 PM ET

Menu: 'quintessentially American'

Dinner Menu

D’Anjou Pear Salad with Farmstead Goat Cheese
Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic
Poached Maine Lobster
Orange Glazed Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms
Dumol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008

Lemon Sorbet

Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions
Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach
Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005

Old Fashioned Apple Pie with
Vanilla Ice Cream
Poet’s Leap Riesling “Botrytis” 2008

Topics: China • State Dinner • The Buzz
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


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