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Posted on 11/23/2009 5:05:28 PM PST by Sub-Driver
Barack Obama to host first state dinner in huge tent A huge tent has been pitched on the White House lawn to accommodate 400 guests at Barack Obama's first state dinner.
By Toby Harnden in Washington Published: 10:43PM GMT 23 Nov 2009
An invitation to the event on Tuesday evening has become the most sought-after ticket in the US.
The event, in honour of the visiting Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, is a chance for Mr Obama and his wife Michelle to welcome the Washington elite - and a smattering of Hollywood celebrities - into their new home.
Whereas President George W. Bush would hold his 140-person dinners in the formal state dining room, the Obamas have broken with recent tradition by taking a "big tent" approach that will accommodate 400.
Secrecy surrounds the event with the White House jealously guarding details of the guest list and menu, though produce from Mrs Obama's new vegetable garden is expected to be used and curry is suspected by some to be on the menu for the first time.
Deepak Chopra, the billionaire pioneer in New Age spirituality, announced on Twitter that he would be flying to Washington to attend and was "V honored to be invited".
Oprah Winfrey, the talk show hostess, is strongly rumoured to have been invited and there is speculation that George Clooney and Brad Pitt will attend what has been dubbed "Washington's equivalent of the Oscars".
According to the well-connected Hollywood blogger Nikki Finke, the former DreamWorks partners Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg will be at the dinner.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
how.....sophisticated....another black-eye on the prestige of the presidency.
Heres hoping for lightning and high winds.
I love how they worded the title. Sounds like a circus. Literally. A trashy circus.
It’s almost insulting to an Indian Prime Minister if you ask me. I’d be insulted anyway.
The heaters are going to make a pretty big carbon footprint. Urkle....
I cannot understand why Hollywood “elite” would be invited to a state dinner. They are neither statesmen nor geniuses.
It’s good to be the king...
But it sucks to be picking up the tab.
How nice. Just like the F*ing Bedouins out in the Saudi desert. No doubt he'll have lots of rugs covering the ground.
I MOchelle’s designer, ‘Obama the Tent Maker’, invited?
There was a post on DU about this, and most were upset over it. LOL
I was in DC for the first time since the 1970's this October.
Obama had a big a$$ tent up behind the WH then too for dance festival or something.
You couldn't see the back of the White House. I was disappointed.
And Zero will probably present him with a DVD collection of "Bollywood's Biggest Hits"...
must be a “cash bar”!
Traditionally AMERICAN food is served at state dinners. Why would the Prime Minister of India travel half way around the world to eat curry?
Real icing on the cake would be a snow storm.
Barry will make it up with a nice gift... maybe some showtunes on 8 track tapes.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooo not to PM Singh!!!!!! PM Singh is one who wanted to be part of a sort of “Countries of Liberty” group... Of COURSE, bHo would want to ruin that, too!!!
It's payback for campaign support and insurance for future funding. Hollywood elites "pay" for this attention.
Ruling Class Whoredom
I got an invite but had to turn it down, had a
Palin book signing to go to.
“It’s good to be the king!”
Attempting diplomatic lead poisoning? ;-)
Obama gathers his A list for first state dinner (under the big top)
And there's another article about all the Hollyweirdos who've been invited to the Big Tent. LOL
Pretty classy nation we've become, hey?!
Probably. And I guess every circus needs clowns.
It's cool with him tho - the White Trash accusations will be attributed to his gramma's side of the fambly.
Obama is whitehouse trash.
Elegant, right. Selfish shameful elitists who have no right to think so.
A great venue for an “Allahu Akbar” event.
Upset? Why, pray tell...
It would seem so as the Dems and Hollywood trash are synonymous.
In this case, look for the camels sticking their nose to the outside of the tent. And, camels at every crack opening.
In the mean time our brave troops continue to die while o-bow-man plays.
Nothing but a worthless POS.
Hey, I wonder if Ghadaffi is invited? He could bring his tent and everybody could sleep outside just like when we were kids.
I miss Dubya. He had great respect for the Office of the President.
I thought it was the Onion....Good Lord!!!
This is not the first time they hosted an event in a TENT—what’s up with the tent? No smoke detectors?
trying to recall that Bible passage about the end times and the man with a big tent...
It sure isn’t Camelot.
why were they upset over at DU? I truly don’t want to have to put up with all the profanity over there to find out...is it the environmental impact or just the “let them eat cake” thing?
“Obama is whitehouse trash.”
I am sure Ronaldo Magmus is rolling in his grave :(
The USA has become the Socialist States of Trash.
I don’t believe there’s any “almost” about it, it’s insulting but of course Zer0 could care less!
Real icing on the cake would be a snow storm.Pray for rain!
“The event marks a return to the lavish hospitality offered by President Bill Clinton and Mrs Clinton in the 1990s.”
Wow, a slam on George Bush, how surprising.
We should be so proud! A LOT of regular hardworking folks are worrying about being homeless with their kids and we should celebrate that the White House has returned to ‘lavish hospitality’./s
The whole DUmp hasn't turned, but there are many negative posts and a lot of infighting. The ignore button is working over time.
He and Michelle can’t let anyone see how they have trashed the WH.
Bollywood for the Prime Minister. A night of 'celebrity'. But, of course, Obama has never led with substance. Nor has he entertained any.
I’m betting Kanye West interrupts the show and 50-cent shoots someone in the parking lot afterwards.
No, rather the great communicator must be doing breakdancing in his grave with the Obama’s trashing the White House state dinner.
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