2011 White House State Dinner

2011 White House State Dinner
ESSENCE.COM Jan, 19, 2011

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The President and First Lady wait to greet Chinese President Hu Jintao for the first White House State Dinner of the year.

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The First Couple walk onto the North Portico of the White House to welcome Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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First Lady Michelle Obama looks radiant in her Asian-inspired Alexander McQueen asymmetrical gown. It’s detailed with petal-print silk organza!

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The First Couple poses for pictures with Chinese President Hu Jintao before starting the night’s festivities.

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President Obama toasts First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2011 White House State Dinner.

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Michelle Obama raises her glass in a toast between Coca Cola Company CEO Muhtar Kent and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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President Obama addresses the crowd at the 2011 State Dinner.

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The 2011 State Dinner menu and table setting. It’s truly a grand affair!

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