2010 White House State Dinner

2010 White House State Dinner
ESSENCE.COM May, 19, 2010

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Beyonce, who serenaded the First Couple at their Inauguration Ball, performed last night.

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The pop diva looks regal for President Obama’s second White House State Dinner.

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The President and First Lady wait to greet Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala for the second White House State Dinner on May 19, 2010.

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Barack and Michelle Obama are all smiles before the evening’s affair.

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Michelle gives her husband a helping hand.

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Michelle Obama looks spectacular in cobalt blue gown, sparkling belt and drop earrings.

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Barack and Michelle Obama, and Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala.

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The President and First Lady pulled out all the stops for the second White House State Dinner.

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Mexican-American star of “Desperate Housewives” Eva Longoria-Parker looks amazing in her asymmetrical gown.

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US Trade Representative Ron Kirk with Ms. Elizabeth Kirk.

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US Attorney General Eric Holder escorts Dr. Sharon Malone.

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Gayle King and Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

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New York Jets players D’Brickashaw Ferguson, left tackle, and Mark Sanchez, quarterback, arrive to the State Dinner.

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Comedian George Lopez with his wife Ann.

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Olympic speed skater Shani Davis.

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Whoopi Goldberg, who had frequented the White House during the Clinton era but skipped the Bush years, described tonight as “returning home after a long drought.”

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Whoopi Goldberg poses for the camera.

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White House Chief Usher Stephen W. Rochonand White House Social Secretary Julianna Smoot.

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Entering the East Room for dinner.

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A view of a place setting in the East Room of the White House before a state dinner. The guests dined on Oregon wagyu beef in Oaxacan black mole, black bean tamalon and grilled green beans.

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The two Presidents speak about the importance of their alliance before the meal is served.

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The President speaks to the select audience.

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Guests are pictured inside the tent erected on the South Lawn of the White House for the entertainment portion of the State Dinner.

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The Party Tent where the entertainment portion of the event will be held.

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The dramatic lighting sets the scene for this affair.

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The two Presidents enter the entertainment tent.

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The President addresses the butterflies that are part of the overall decorative theme of the event.

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“The Monarch butterfly is the queen of butterflies, because every winter it flies down from Canada to Michoacan, my homeland, looking for the warmth of the Mexican people,” President Calderon said.

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The President and First Lady wait to greet Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala for the second White House State Dinner on May 19, 2010.

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First lady Michelle Obama smiles as she and her husband U.S President Barack Obama wait for Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala to arrive for a State Dinner at the White House on May 19, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Obama welcomed President Calderon to the White House today for an official state visit that is taking place amid tension over immigration politics and Mexico’s deadly drug war.

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