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Barack Obama to host first state dinner in huge tent
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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 ...


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A left fest........
1 posted on 11/23/2009 5:05:28 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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how.....sophisticated....another black-eye on the prestige of the presidency.


2 posted on 11/23/2009 5:08:12 PM PST by raygunfan
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To: Sub-Driver

Heres hoping for lightning and high winds.


3 posted on 11/23/2009 5:08:24 PM PST by Dewey Revoltnow
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


4 posted on 11/23/2009 5:08:47 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The heaters are going to make a pretty big carbon footprint. Urkle....


5 posted on 11/23/2009 5:08:53 PM PST by unkus
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To: Sub-Driver

I cannot understand why Hollywood “elite” would be invited to a state dinner. They are neither statesmen nor geniuses.


6 posted on 11/23/2009 5:09:08 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Sub-Driver

It’s good to be the king...

But it sucks to be picking up the tab.


7 posted on 11/23/2009 5:10:10 PM PST by JoSixChip (I can't lead the fight, but I will fight. km_freep@yahoo.com)
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To: Sub-Driver
Klassy.

Mr. niteowl77

8 posted on 11/23/2009 5:10:24 PM PST by niteowl77 (You wanted him, and now you have got him. I say, "Good day to you," America.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Barack Obama to host first state dinner in huge tent A huge tent has been pitched on the White House lawn...

How nice. Just like the F*ing Bedouins out in the Saudi desert. No doubt he'll have lots of rugs covering the ground.

9 posted on 11/23/2009 5:10:40 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: Sub-Driver

I MOchelle’s designer, ‘Obama the Tent Maker’, invited?


10 posted on 11/23/2009 5:10:53 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I don't have a 'Cousin Pookie'.)
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To: Sub-Driver

There was a post on DU about this, and most were upset over it. LOL


11 posted on 11/23/2009 5:11:26 PM PST by Krodg
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To: Sub-Driver
Barack Obama to host first state dinner in huge tent

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.

12 posted on 11/23/2009 5:11:28 PM PST by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: Sub-Driver
in honour of the visiting Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh,

And Zero will probably present him with a DVD collection of "Bollywood's Biggest Hits"...

13 posted on 11/23/2009 5:12:19 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama is a DIC....... Ditherer-in-Chief)
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To: DJ MacWoW

must be a “cash bar”!


14 posted on 11/23/2009 5:12:33 PM PST by Sub-Driver (Proud member of the Republican wing of the Republican Party)
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To: Sub-Driver
curry is suspected by some to be on the menu for the first time.

Traditionally AMERICAN food is served at state dinners. Why would the Prime Minister of India travel half way around the world to eat curry?

15 posted on 11/23/2009 5:12:37 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: unkus
I was sorta thinking the same thing. Tent parties are typically summer fare, or at least southern in late fall/winter.

Real icing on the cake would be a snow storm.

16 posted on 11/23/2009 5:12:53 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: autumnraine
It’s almost insulting to an Indian Prime Minister if you ask me. I’d be insulted anyway.

Barry will make it up with a nice gift... maybe some showtunes on 8 track tapes.

17 posted on 11/23/2009 5:13:00 PM PST by TN4Liberty (My tagline disappeared so this is my new one.)
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To: Sub-Driver

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!!!


18 posted on 11/23/2009 5:13:07 PM PST by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Healthcare!!!)
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To: DJ MacWoW
"I cannot understand why Hollywood “elite” would be invited to a state dinner. They are neither statesmen nor geniuses."

It's payback for campaign support and insurance for future funding. Hollywood elites "pay" for this attention.

Ruling Class Whoredom

19 posted on 11/23/2009 5:13:42 PM PST by two23 (Harry could at least give Landrieu a kiss)
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To: Sub-Driver

I got an invite but had to turn it down, had a
Palin book signing to go to.


20 posted on 11/23/2009 5:13:42 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“It’s good to be the king!”


21 posted on 11/23/2009 5:13:49 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir!)
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To: Sub-Driver
produce from Mrs Obama's new vegetable garden is expected to be used

Attempting diplomatic lead poisoning? ;-)

22 posted on 11/23/2009 5:14:02 PM PST by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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To: Sub-Driver
The L.A. Times version is over here:

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?!

23 posted on 11/23/2009 5:14:02 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: Sub-Driver
must be a “cash bar”!

Probably. And I guess every circus needs clowns.

24 posted on 11/23/2009 5:14:20 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: raygunfan
how.....sophisticated....

It's cool with him tho - the White Trash accusations will be attributed to his gramma's side of the fambly.

25 posted on 11/23/2009 5:14:48 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama is a DIC....... Ditherer-in-Chief)
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To: Sub-Driver

Obama is whitehouse trash.

Elegant, right. Selfish shameful elitists who have no right to think so.


26 posted on 11/23/2009 5:15:04 PM PST by dforest (Who is the real Jim Thompson? I am.)
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To: Sub-Driver

A great venue for an “Allahu Akbar” event.


27 posted on 11/23/2009 5:15:53 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Krodg

Upset? Why, pray tell...


28 posted on 11/23/2009 5:16:15 PM PST by hennie pennie
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To: two23

It would seem so as the Dems and Hollywood trash are synonymous.


29 posted on 11/23/2009 5:16:22 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: Sub-Driver

In this case, look for the camels sticking their nose to the outside of the tent. And, camels at every crack opening.


30 posted on 11/23/2009 5:16:35 PM PST by C210N (A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take everything you have)
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To: raygunfan

In the mean time our brave troops continue to die while o-bow-man plays.

Nothing but a worthless POS.


31 posted on 11/23/2009 5:16:39 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: Sub-Driver

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.


32 posted on 11/23/2009 5:17:46 PM PST by bushbuddy
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To: Krodg

I thought it was the Onion....Good Lord!!!


33 posted on 11/23/2009 5:19:19 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: Sub-Driver

This is not the first time they hosted an event in a TENT—what’s up with the tent? No smoke detectors?


34 posted on 11/23/2009 5:19:24 PM PST by two23 (Harry could at least give Landrieu a kiss)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hmmm...
trying to recall that Bible passage about the end times and the man with a big tent...

oh well...


35 posted on 11/23/2009 5:19:37 PM PST by gunnyg (Just An Old Gunny ~ And *Still* Not A F'en Commie Basterd!)
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To: bushbuddy
ME TOO!!!
36 posted on 11/23/2009 5:20:23 PM PST by NordP (COMMON SENSE CONSERVATIVES - Love of Country, Less Govt, Stop Spending, No Govt Run Healthcare!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

It sure isn’t Camelot.


37 posted on 11/23/2009 5:21:42 PM PST by La Enchiladita (God help us. Pray for America.)
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To: Krodg

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?


38 posted on 11/23/2009 5:21:54 PM PST by Hildy
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To: indylindy

“Obama is whitehouse trash.”

I am sure Ronaldo Magmus is rolling in his grave :(
The USA has become the Socialist States of Trash.


39 posted on 11/23/2009 5:22:09 PM PST by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: autumnraine

I don’t believe there’s any “almost” about it, it’s insulting but of course Zer0 could care less!


40 posted on 11/23/2009 5:26:53 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: AFreeBird
Real icing on the cake would be a snow storm.
Pray for rain!
41 posted on 11/23/2009 5:27:16 PM PST by RonDog
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To: SteamShovel
When a state dinner meant something.

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42 posted on 11/23/2009 5:27:20 PM PST by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free. Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: Sub-Driver

“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


43 posted on 11/23/2009 5:28:36 PM PST by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Hildy
They thought it was not appropriate to go to such extremes while the economy is in the toilet. They want them to set a good example and are disappointed they the obama's aren't measuring up.

The whole DUmp hasn't turned, but there are many negative posts and a lot of infighting. The ignore button is working over time.

44 posted on 11/23/2009 5:29:59 PM PST by Krodg
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To: Sub-Driver
Where have we seen this before? Oh, wait. I remember...


45 posted on 11/23/2009 5:30:59 PM PST by Gritty (Obama has no appreciation of American culture, history, tradition, common law, literature-Wes Pruden)
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To: Sub-Driver

He and Michelle can’t let anyone see how they have trashed the WH.


46 posted on 11/23/2009 5:31:30 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: autumnraine
It’s almost insulting to an Indian Prime Minister if you ask me. I’d be insulted anyway.

Bollywood for the Prime Minister. A night of 'celebrity'. But, of course, Obama has never led with substance. Nor has he entertained any.

47 posted on 11/23/2009 5:31:47 PM PST by cricket
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To: autumnraine

I’m betting Kanye West interrupts the show and 50-cent shoots someone in the parking lot afterwards.


48 posted on 11/23/2009 5:35:05 PM PST by Pavegunner72
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To: Sub-Driver
What will the carbon footprint of heating a large tent be in the winter?
49 posted on 11/23/2009 5:38:08 PM PST by fso301
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To: AlexW

No, rather the great communicator must be doing breakdancing in his grave with the Obama’s trashing the White House state dinner.


50 posted on 11/23/2009 5:38:17 PM PST by Biggirl (Throw The Turkeys Out In 2010!=^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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