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White House State Dinner: Government guests

By Ed O'Keefe

Arguably one of the best perks an administration official can hope for is an invite to a White House State Dinner.

And some who didn't get an invite from President and Mrs. Obama to the actual meal honoring Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa and his wife, Margarita Zavala, will attend a post-dinner reception and performances by Beyonce, Rodrigo y Gabriela and the United States Marine Band.

Among the celebrities (Eva Longoria Parker), journalists (Univision's Jorge Ramos) and regular everyday folks (Maria Gomez, founder of Mary's Center) expected to attend tonight, here's the list of Obama administration officials on the invite list, according to the White House:

ATTENDING THE DINNER, RECEPTION AND PERFORMANCES:

Vice President Joseph Biden and wife, Dr. Jill Biden

White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod and wife, Susan Axelrod

Director of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and wife, Diane Blair

Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President Antony Blinken

Deputy National Security Adviser for Counterterrorism John Brennan, and wife, Katherine Brennan

Energy Secretary Steven Chu and wife, Jean Chu

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton

Deputy National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon

Cathy Russell, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and wife, Amy Rule

Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs Mike Froman, and guest, Nancy Goodman

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and wife, Becky Gates

Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, and wife, Carole Geithner

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and wife, Sharon Malone

White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett

National Security Adviser James L Jones and wife, Diane Jones

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and wife, Mary Kennedy

Undersecretary of State for Management Pat Kennedy, and guest, Elizabeth Swope

White House Drug Czar R. Gil Kerlikowske, and guest, Anna Laszlo

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, and Elizabeth A Kirk

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and wife, Kathy LaHood

Capricia Marshall, State Department Chief of Protocol

White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael G Mullen, and wife, Deborah Mullen

Cecilia Muñoz, Director of Office of Intergovernmental Affairs

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano

Kevin O'Reilly, National Security Council

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, and guest, Bianna Golodryga

Dan Restrepo, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, National Security Agency

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, and husband, Ian Cameron

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and husband, Sam Sayyad

ATTENDING THE POST-DINNER RECEPTION AND PERFORMANCES:

Tom Atkin, Special Assistant to the President and NSC Senior Director, with guest, Monte Briggs Hawkins

Homeland Security Undersecretary for National Protection Program Robert Rand Beers, with wife, Marian Beers

Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for International Affairs Alan D. Bersin

Michael Camuñez, Special Assistant to the President, Office of Presidential Personnel, and guest, Steven Means

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic, Energy and Business Affairs José W. Fernández, with guest, Andrea Gabor

Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, with guest, Christine Grindler

Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Policy David Heyman, with guest, Victoria T White

Fred Hochberg, Export-Import Bank

Office of Science and Technology Policy Director John P. Holdren

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for North American Affairs Roberta Jacobson, with guest, Jonathon Jacobson

Assistant Secretary of State for INL David Johnson, with guest, Scarlett Swan

Daniel Meltzer, Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Counsel to the President, White House Counsel

Undersecretary of Commerce Francisco Sánchez, with guest, Mileydi Guilarte

Elizabeth Sears Smith, Office of Cabinet Affairs, with guest, Douglas Smith

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs Paul Stockton, with guest, Kristin Stockton

Bruce Swartz, Department of Justice, with guest, Deborah Goodings

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and wife, Christie Vilsack

By Ed O'Keefe  | May 19, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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Comments

Once again my name was mistakenly left off the guest list.

Posted by: gilbert6 | May 20, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Obama pulls out the red carpet for the Mexican president who encourages Mexicans to break the law and illegally enter our country. He then has the gall to criticise us for wanting to protect our borders, and calls us racist, and the illegal aliens in our country "his people". He also criticised the AZ law. Obama like a lacky, also disses AZ, and does nothing to secure our borders, and is still blaming Bush. Mexico has the toughest immigration laws in the Northern Hemisphere. Just try to be an illegal in Mexico and sees what happens to you. Two years in jail for the first offense. Ten years for the second. Who does Obama and the Mexican President think they are fooling? Obama then treats the Dali Lama, Israel, Poland and England with disrepect.

Posted by: joanz3 | May 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

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