Inside The White House State Dinner

20May10

For all the world-class food and entertainment, deft touches and elegance of the evening, the Obamas’ second state dinner was as notable for what didn’t happen as what did.

As far as anyone could tell, no one crashed the party. And no other major disasters were apparent either.

As the evening wore on, the smiles on the faces of White House staff seemed to get more relaxed. And even the president loosened up.

And party they did, to the music of guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela and then to the sounds of an artist whom Obama referred to as “somebody some of you may have heard of — named Beyonce.” And, yes, her husband Jay-Z was in the house too.

The dinner guest list of 200 had an ample celebrity quotient, including Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria Parker, George Lopez and Olympic speedskater Shani Davis.

Goldberg said it felt like she was “coming home after a long drought.” She’d been invited frequently during Bill Clinton’s years. But not during the George W. Bush years.

Lopez, a comedian, joked when asked about the security. “The guy with the glove was nice,” he said.

For their second state dinner, Mrs. Obama recruited Chicago chef Rick Bayless — one of the couple’s favorites — to prepare the meal. The main course of Oregon wagyu beef came with a Oaxacan black mole sauce with more than 20 ingredients that takes days to come together.

Souce: AP

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