Read this: State dinner ramp-up, Emily Miller, "Find My Family," Michael Jackson
Good afternoon, everyone. Roughly 30 hours left before Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh joins President Barack Obama at the first state dinner of his presidency.
And, of course, everything at a state dinner is freighted with underlying significance. Will the food include vegetables from the White House's garden? What will First Lady Michelle Obama wear? And what will it all mean?
Robin Givhan has another question: How will the Obamas -- who trumpet the common man (and woman) -- put their mark on state dinners, typically elite, exclusive affairs? Remember back in February, when White House Social Secretary Desirée Rogers suggested holding a sweepstakes, so average Americans could win a seat at a state dinner? Givhan asks: "Did we miss the Twitter alert on some secret lotto?"
Tomorrow night's dinner will be held in a tent on the White House lawn:
As for the White House, a spokesperson says the tent is a matter of practicality. It allows the Obamas to accommodate more people. And more people is a good thing because that is a reflection of the administration's desire to make the White House feel more accessible.
Four hundred people down. Only 304,059,324 more Americans to go.
Elsewhere in today's Style section: Howard Kurtz profiles Emily Miller, whose story is so only-in-Washington-esque that we don't have room to begin to explain it here. Tom Shales on ABC's newest reality show, "Find My Family." And the very latest Michael Jackson news! His white glove sells at auction for $350,000; he's still breaking records at awards shows, five months after his death.
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November 23, 2009; 12:12 PM ET
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