Obama State Dinner

Obama State Dinner
ESSENCE.COM Nov, 24, 2009

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View of the tent on the South Lawn of the White House where the State Dinner is held.

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President Barack Obama stands with First Lady Michelle Obama shortly before greeting Indian President Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the North Portico of the White House.

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First Lady Obama looks stunning as she waits to greet guest at her first State Dinner.

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President and First Lady Obama greet Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur at the White House.

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Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur stand with President and First Lady Obama before the State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House.

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Director Steven Spielberg poses with actors Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood.

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Director Steven Spielberg arrives for the State Dinner.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State General Colin Powell and his wife Alma Powell arrive at the State Dinner.

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Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and his wife Diane Patrick.

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Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes and her husband Marland E. Buckner.

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Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle Fenty arrive at the State Dinner.

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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and his wife Matrice Ellis-Kirk arrive for the State Dinner.

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Attorney General Eric Holder and Sharon Malone.

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Entrepreneur Martin Nesbitt and wife Anita Blanchard arrive for the State Dinner. The couple are very good friends of the Obamas.

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Director M. Night Shyamalan and Bhavna Shyamalan arrives for the State Dinner.

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and Ian Cameron arrive for the State Dinner.

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President Barack Obama listens to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh addressing the first official State Dinner of Obama’s administration at the White House.

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Guests listen to Indian Prime Minster Manmohan Singh at the State Dinner.