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White House releases state dinner guest list

The White House has released the list of expected guests for tonight's state dinner. The highlights: Gayle King! Sanjay Gupta! Steven Spielberg! David Geffen! And the list goes on. Here's who else will sup on the White House veggie garden's spoils while you're picking up your Tuesday night takeout:

The President & First Lady Michelle Obama

Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India & Ms. Gursharan Kaur

The Honorable (Rep) Gary Ackerman, United States Representative
Mr. Sant Singh Chatwal (Guest)

His Excellency Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Mukesh D Ambani

Mr. Tim Dutta (Spouse of Ms. Pia Awal)

The Honorable (Mr.) David Axelrod, White House Communications
Mrs. Susan Axelrod

Ms. Preeta Bansal, OMB - General Counsel

The Honorable (Ms.) Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council
Mr. Marland E. Buckner

The Honorable (Rep.) Howard Berman, United States Representative (D/California)
Mrs. Jane Berman, Spouse of United States Representative (D/California)

Mr. Om Prakash Bhatt

Mr. Hunter Biden
Mrs. Kathleen Biden

The Honorable (Vice President) Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States
Dr. Jill Biden

Mr. Robert O Blake, Jr., Assistant Sec for South and Central Asian Affairs, State Department
Mrs. Sofia Blake

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York, NY
Ms. Diana Taylor

The Honorable (Mr.) John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Deputy National Security Advisor for Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Council
Mrs. Katherine Brennan

The Honorable (Ms.) Lisa Brown, Office of Staff Secretary
Mr. Kevin Cullen

Mr. Donald Browne
Ms. Maria Junqera

The Honorable (Ms.) Carol Browner, Energy and Climate Change
The Honorable (Mr.) Tom Downey

Mr. William Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State
Ms. Lisa Carty

General James E Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mrs. Sandee Cartwright

The Honorable (Senator) Bob Casey, United States Senator (D/Pennsylvania)
Mrs. Terese Casey, United States Senate Spouse (D/Pennsylvania)

Many, many more, after the jump...

Mr. Rajiv Chandrasekaran
Mrs. Julie Chandrasekaran

Mr. I.S. Chaturvedi, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Senator Satveer Chaudhry, State Senator
Colonel Ravi Chaudhry (Guest)

Ms. Rohini Chopra

Mr. Deepak Chopra
Mrs. Rita Chopra

The Honorable (Secretary) Steven Chu, Secretary of the Department of Energy
Mrs. Jean Chu

The Honorable (Secretary) Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State

The Honorable (Rep.) James E. Clyburn, United States Representative (D/South Carolina)
Mrs. Emily Clyburn

The Honorable (Senator) Kent Conrad, United States Senator (D/North Dakota)
Ms. Lucy Calutti, United States Senate Spouse (D/North Dakota)

Mr. David Cote

Ms. Katie Couric
Mr. Brooks L Perlin

Mr. Greg Craig, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President
Mrs. Margaret D Craig

Mrs. Paula Crown
Mr. Jim Crown

The Honorable (Rep.) Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (D/Maryland)
Mrs. Maya Rockeymoore

Senator Swati Dandekar, State Senator
Mr. Arvind Dandekar

Mr. Rajesh De, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Nancy Ann DeParle, Office of Health Reform
Mr. Jason P DeParle

Ms. Bhairavi Desai
Javaid Tariq

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai
Robert Oxman

The Honorable (Senator) Chris Dodd, United States Senator (D/Connecticut)
Mrs. Jackie Clegg Dodd

Mr. John Doerr

The Honorable (Mr.) Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President, Deputy National Security Advisor, NSC
Ms. Cathy Russell

The Honorable Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director
Mr. Bob Bauer

Mr. Ari Emanuel
Mrs. Sarah Emanuel

The Honorable (Mr.) Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to the President
Ms. Amy Rule

The Honorable (Mr.) Jon Favreau, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting

Ms. Sarah Feinberg, Office of the Chief of Staff

The Honorable (Mayor) Adrian Fenty, Mayor of the District of Columbia
Mrs. Michelle Fenty

Ms. Michelle Flournoy

Mr. Thomas Friedman
Mrs. Ann Friedman

The Honorable (Mr.) Mike Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, NSC

Dr. Ashok S Ganguly

The Honorable (Mr.) Patrick Gaspard, Office of Political Affairs
Mrs. Raina Washington

The Honorable Robert Gates

Ms. Charlene Gaynor
Mr. Richard Heiss

Mr. David Geffen
Mr. Jeremy Lingvall

The Honorable (Secretary) Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury
Ms. Carole Sonnenfeld

The Honorable (Mr.) Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary

Mr. Anish Goel, Acting Senior Director, South Asia Affairs, NSC

Mr. Senapathy Gopalakrishnan

Mr. Mark Gorenberg
Ms. Wendy Wanderman

Mr. John Gorman
Mrs. Tamra Gorman

Representative Jay Goyal, State Representative
Kiran Goyal

Representative Raj Goyle, State Representative
Mrs. Monica Arora

The Honorable (Governor) Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan (D)
Mr. Daniel Mulhern, First Gentleman of Michigan

Mr. Earl G. Graves
Mrs. Barbara Graves

Ms. Geeta Rao Gupta
Mr. Arvind Gupta

Mr. Raj Gupta

Mr. Rajat Gupta
Mrs. Anita M Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Mrs. Rebecca Olson Gupta

Mr. Lee Hamilton
Mrs. Nancy Hamilton

The Honorable (Ms.) Kamala Harris
Ms. Maya Harris

Mr. Kamil Hassan
Mrs. Talat Hassan

Mr. George Haywood
Mrs. Cheryl J Haywood

The Honorable Fred Hochberg, Export-Import Bank
Thomas P Healy

The Honorable (Rep.) Paul Hodes, United States Representative (D/New Hampshire)
Mrs. Margaret Hodes

The Honorable (Attorney General) Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Department of Justice
Dr. Sharon Malone, MD

Dr. John P. Holdren
Dr. Cheryl E Holdren

The Honorable (Rep.) Eleanor Holmes-Norton, United States of Representative (D/DC)
Mr. John Norton

Mr. Robert D Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, State Department
Ms. Camille Massey

The Honorable (Rep) Steny Hoyer, United States Representative (D/Maryland)
Ms. Kathleen May

Mr. Chris Hughes
Mr. Sean S Eldridge

Mr. Jeff Immelt

The Honorable (Senator) Daniel Inouye, United States Senator (D/Hawaii)
Ms. Irene Hirano, United States Senate Spouse (D/Hawaii)

Mrs. Deepa Iyer
Mr. Parag Khandhar
Mr. Vasudeva Iyer

The Honorable (Administrator) Lisa Jackson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency
Mr. Kenneth Jackson

The Honorable (Ms.) Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

The Honorable (Governor) Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana
Mrs. Supriya Jindal, First Lady of Louisiana

The Honorable (General) James Jones, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor
Mrs. Diane Jones

Mrs. Ann Jordan
Mr. Vernon Jordan

Mr. Anil Kakani

Mr. Farooq Kathwari
Mrs. Farida Kathwari

Mr. Neal Katyal, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General

Mr. Jeffrey Katzenberg
Mrs. Marilyn Katzenberg

Ms. Maneesha Kelkar, Manavi
Vinay Vaishampayan

The Honorable (Senator) John Kerry, United States Senator (D/Massachusetts)

Dr. Harish Khare, Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Indian Delegation

The Honorable (Mr.) Bradley Kiley, Office of Management and Administration
Mr. James Coley, Jr.

Ms. Gayle King

The Honorable (Ambassador) Ron Kirk, USTR
Mrs. Matrice Ellis-Kirk

The Honorable (Mr.) Ronald Klain, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President

Mrs. Chanda D Kochhar

His Excellency S.M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Ms. Gaitri Kumar, Joint Secretary (Americas), Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Vivek Kundra

Mrs. Jhumpa Lahiri
Mr. Alberto Vourvoulias

Mr. Marc Lasry
Cathy Lasry

Mr. Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary, Department of State

The Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce
Mrs. Mona Locke

The Honorable (Mr.) Christopher Lu, Cabinet Affairs
Ms. Kathryn Thomson

The Honorable (Senator) Richard Lugar, United States Senator (R/Indiana)
Mrs. Char Lugar, United States Senate Spouse (R/Indiana)

Mr. Michael Lynton
Ms. Elizabeth Jamie Alter

Mr. Surinder Malhotra

The Honorable (Chief of Protocol) Capricia Marshall

The Honorable (Ms.) Alyssa Mastromonaco, White House Office of Scheduling

Mr. Brian Mathis
Mrs. Tracey Kemble

Ms. Kiran Mazumda-Shaw

The Honorable (Senator) Claire McCaskill, United States Senator (D/Missouri)
Mr. Joseph Shepard, United States Senate Spouse

The Honorable (Rep) Jim McDermott, United States Representative (D/Washington)
Mrs. Therese Marie Hansen

Mr. Zarin Mehta
Ms. Carmen Lasky

The Honorable (Mr.) Jim Messina, Office of Chief of Staff

Mr. Judd Miner
Mrs. Linda Miner

Mr. Newt Minow
Mrs. Josephine Minow

Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal

Kalpen Modi, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mrs. Deborah Mullen

The Honorable (Secretary) Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

His Excellency M.K. Narayanan, National Security Adviser of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Shantanu Narayen
Mrs. Reni Narayen

Mr. Raju Narisetti
Durga Raghunath

Mr. Martin Nesbitt
Ms. Anita Blanchard

Mr. Konrad Ng
Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

Ms. Indra Nooyi

The Honorable (Rep) David Obey, United States Representative (D/Wisconsin)
Mrs. Joan Obey

The Honorable (Mr.) Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management & Budget

Mr. Jim Owens
Ms. Katie Owens

Mr. Deepak Parekh

Mr. Eboo Patel
Ms. Shehnez Mansuri

The Honorable (Governor) Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts (D)
Mrs. Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts

The Honorable (Speaker) Nancy Pelosi, United States Representative (D/California) and Speaker of the House
Mr. Paul Pelosi

Mr. Dan Pfeiffer, White House Office of Communications

Mr. Sam Pitroda
Mrs. Anjana Pitroda

General Colin Powell
Ms. Alma Powell

Dr. Rachakonda D Prabhu
Dr. Lata Shete Prabhu

Mrs. Penny Pritzker
Dr. Brian Traubert

Ms. Kavita Ramdas

Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Ms. Preetha Reddy

The Honorable (Governor) Edward Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania (D)
The Honorable (Judge) Marjorie Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania

Mr. Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

The Honorable (Ambassador) Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations
Mr. Ian Cameron

The Honorable (Governor) Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico (D)
Mrs. Barbara Richardson, First Lady of New Mexico

Ms. Robin Roberts

Mrs. Marian Robinson

Ambassador Timothy Roemer, US Ambassador to India
Mrs. Mary Johnston

Ms. Desiree Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary

Mr. John Rogers

The Honorable (Dr.) Christina Romer, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers

Mr. Dennis Ross, NSC

The Honorable (Rep) Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative
Marie Therese Royce

Mr. Michael Sacks
Mrs. Cari Sacks

The Honorable (Rep.) Linda Sanchez, United States Representative (D/California)
Mr. James Sullivan, Guest of Then Honorable Linda Sanchez

Mr. Pankaj Saran, Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

His Excellency Shyam Saran, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Indian Delegation

Mr. Jaideep Sarkar, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Parag Saxena

The Honorable (Rep.) Jan Schakowsky, United States Representative (D/Illinois)
Mr. Robert Creamer

The Honorable (Mr.) Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs
Mrs. Jody Schiliro

Ms. Annetta Seecharran
Seema Agnani

Mr. Stuart Seldowitz, Acting Director for South Asia, NSC

Dr. Amartya Sen
Ms. Emma Georgina Rothschild

Under Secretary Rajiv J Shah, Under Secretary for Research, Education & Economics, Department of Agriculture

The Honorable Sonal Shah, Deputy Assist to the President, Director Office of SICP, Domestic Policy Council

Mr. Vinod Shah

Her Excellency Meera SHANKAR, Ambassador, India

The Honorable Susan Sher, Assistant to the President/Chief of Staff to the First Lady
The Honorable (Mr.) Neil Cohen

Mr. M. Night Shyamalan
Mrs. Bhavna Shyamalan

Ms. Amrit Singh
Mr. Analjit Singh

Mr. Arun K. Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Balvinder Singh
Mr. Mohinder Singh

Mr. Lakhwinder Singh
Mrs. Sukhbir Kaur

Ms. Upinder Singh

Mr. Steven Spielberg

Mr. Sri Srinivasan
Ms. Carla Garrett

Ms. Srinija Srinivasan

The Honorable (Mr.) Jim Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State
Ms. Sherburne Bradstreet

Mrs. Semonti Stephens, Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the First Lady

Mr. Andy Stern
Ms. Anna Burger

Mrs. Jane Stetson
Mr. Bill Stetson

Honorable (Dr.) Larry Summers, Director, National Economic Council
Dr. Elisa New

The Honorable (Ms.) Mona Sutphen, Office of Chief of Staff
Mr. Clyde Williams

Mr. Ratan Tata

The Honorable (Ms.) Tina Tchen, Office of Public Liaison

Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, Ambassador, Embassy of Belize
Mrs. Barbara Thummalapally

Mr. Jim Torrey
Ms. Rose P Lynch

Mr. Richard Trumka
Mr. Paul H Lemmon

Ms. Urvashi Vaid
Ms. Kate Clinton

Mr. Kirk Wagar
Ms. Crystal Connor

Dr. Eric E. Whitaker
Dr. Cheryl Whitaker

Mr. Brian Williams
Mrs. Jane Williams

Mr. Wellington Wilson
Mrs. Wilson

Mr. Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary, Department of Treasury

Ms. Alfre Woodard
Mr. Blair E Underwood

Mr. Fareed Zakaria
Ms. Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

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Nice to see traitor Jeff Imelt is going to be sucking teat.

Posted by: BoonyTunes | November 24, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Since I'm paying for this dinner my choice of guests would be a little different. How about all those families who are unemployed? Every week another party at a time our economy is tanking. The spending of this administration is unsustainable but they don't care. 2010-12 can't come soon enough. Then Mrs.O can start a garden in Chicago and get her own hands dirty.

Posted by: MOMLEE | November 24, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhhh.......Andy Stern, president of SEIU in attendance. Seems as though Obama can't do a thing w/o this corrupt man.

Posted by: PittAlum | November 24, 2009 8:07 PM | Report abuse

Since I'm paying for this dinner my choice of guests would be a little different. How about all those families who are unemployed? Every week another party at a time our economy is tanking. The spending of this administration is unsustainable but they don't care. 2010-12 can't come soon enough. Then Mrs.O can start a garden in Chicago and get her own hands dirty.

Posted by: MOMLEE | November 24, 2009 7:29 PM |

Perhaps you should have sent your guest list to the previous President, perhaps he could have taken some of those people with him on his six month farewell tour. You know the tour he was taking his last six months in office as our economy was taking a nose dive and our housing market drying up , and job losses mounting.Oh, I forgot many of you people don't believe Bush was ever President. All the problems this country has only began in Jan. 09. The spending of this administration is a direct result of the failures of the previous administration which if I recall, no one complained as he was spending YOUR tax dollars on a war of choice, on no bid contracts, on clearing brush in Crawford.....

Posted by: catmomtx | November 24, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

More intelligence in a box of rock that that group of socialists. Oh well, what the hell, dinner is on me anyway. VOTE PALIN IN 2012

Posted by: rchaa27aa | November 24, 2009 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Where's Bill Clinton?

Posted by: dafx | November 24, 2009 8:52 PM | Report abuse

rchaa27aa: You can dream all you want about fried moose at a state dinner in 2012, but it's never going to happen. She does continue to entertain though, I'll give you that.

Posted by: Smiling1 | November 24, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

Ha-Ha it looks like the National Enquirer nailed another scoop about Michelle Obama dissing Oprah. How does Oprah's best friend, Gayle King, rate an invite and not Oprah? A perfect example of how the Obamas reward their friend and benefactor Oprah. What is up with Gayle going, knowing her BFF is not invited when any middle schooler KNOWS you don't "do" friends like that. Standing in line at Walmart I got to read the whole story. Oprah is broken-hearted over the cold shoulder I read and that was before not getting invited to THE event of the YEAR. Thankfully, the media is WELL represented with Brian Williams AND Katie Couric. Hopefully there will dirty dancing for Katie!

Posted by: Michelle111 | November 24, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

How many movie producers does it take to attend a state dinner?

Posted by: lovely-rita | November 24, 2009 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, where in the world is Bill Clinton? Weird

Posted by: Siditti | November 24, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Gosh, heaven forbid the president of the US host a dinner for a foreign leader, much less the head of the world's second most populous country.

I'm guessing Bill Clinton and Oprah were considered excessive distractions. The focus is on the Indians---it's called diplomacy.

Nice for them to invite some out gays and lesbians, though.

Posted by: buzzbuzzard | November 24, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

I guess poor folk don't get invited to these type of shindigs.

Posted by: cleancut77 | November 24, 2009 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing Bill Clinton and Oprah were considered excessive distractions. The focus is on the Indians---it's called diplomacy.

Nice for them to invite some out gays and lesbians, though.Posted by: buzzbuzzard

OOOOH thanks for the education about diplomacy. Do you really believe that Bill Clinton and Oprah would be too much of a distraction, especially with all of the other glitterati in attendance? Yeah, that's probably what they told Oprah, the Prime Minister of India deserves all of the attention and her presence would be a distraction. That is hilarious! As far as diplomacy, we all know how loyal the Obamas are to friends and family, especially typical white grandmas, mentoring pastors, slum dwelling brothers and illegal immigrant aunties.

Posted by: Michelle111 | November 24, 2009 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Thought that Obama was going to aim for a spirit of bipartisanship. Aside from the schizophrenic Colin Powell, noted only one other Republican on the list, Bobby Jindahl, and assume he was included because of his heritage.

And where's Oprah? Perhaps those rumors that Michelle is jealous of Oprah's influence are true.

Posted by: judithod | November 24, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

For the first time in my adult life I am proud of the First lady, she looks very pretty tonight. Almost didn't recognize her without her belt.

Posted by: Michelle111 | November 24, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

The Honorable Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director. She turns to Chairman Mao, the Chinese butcher of sixty million, when she needs inspiration and was supposed to be leaving the White House.
Katie Couric was invited. No one from Fox News?

Posted by: mharwick | November 24, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

A new dish called American humble pie would be served by the President after dinner.

Posted by: mharwick | November 24, 2009 11:52 PM | Report abuse

"Since I'm paying for this dinner my choice of guests would be a little different. How about all those families who are unemployed? Every week another party at a time our economy is tanking. The spending of this administration is unsustainable but they don't care."

Your concern touches me...slightly.

Where was this concern when Bush was in office for eight years while engaging in unsustainable spending and a total lack of economic oversight?

Posted by: | November 25, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse

Guest List Analysis: India, trade, and intellectual property rights!! Bob Hormats is back, the architect of too many international compromises (trading financial deals for U.S. manufacturing jobs) And Congressman Tom Downey!!! Good for him. Happy to see David Obey is getting the recognition he deserves. But surprisingly, neither Charlie Rangel, nor Sander Levin.

Posted by: bamarsh | November 25, 2009 12:50 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: rchaa27aa | November 24, 2009 8:41 PM
Finish the job that GWB began.
The total annihilation of The United States of America.
That's all we need.
Another GOP bubble-headed quitter.
A front-gal for big business and the neo-cons and the Christian Taliban.
That way they can complete the economic Armageddon of America.
What's the matter?
Aren't you wondering why you haven't been "Raptured" up already?
Maybe God has a good reason.
Barack Obama has only had 8 months to rehabilitate 40 years of economic wreckage, fear, war-mongering and international arrogance by a ton of greed-addicted morons.
He can't get the least bit of appreciation for interrupting the on-going stupidity of this crew.
And what is so amazing is that ordinary people in America are so easily seduced by their siren call.
There is so little left of the greatness America could aspire to that it is sad.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | November 25, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

No fried chicken, collard greens, pork grind, or watermellon on the menu? How 'bout some biscuits and gravey or grits?

Posted by: mbaorbust | November 25, 2009 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Did we see 2 Republicans at the tax payers dinner ? Is this a Bipartisan approach ? Brian, Robin, Katie-where is Wolf and Chris ? 1 out of 6 Americans unemployed and the Obama's show they could care less. Actions do speak louder than words !

Posted by: melindaleekolb | November 25, 2009 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Looking at the guest list, I would have rather had a colonoscopy done without Anesthesia....

Posted by: tcdifla | November 25, 2009 4:58 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to mention, I was glad to see Jeff Immelt on the guest list, he has done a marvelous job of helping America go green, forget that it's a hoax and a scam.

Posted by: tcdifla | November 25, 2009 5:01 AM | Report abuse

To MOMLEE posted 11//24 @7:29pm. Why the hate, Did you make those same comment's when Bush was in office? and to the rest no matter whom The President would have or would have not invitied you would have made some form of comment that was not pleasing to you, Are you upset because you were not invitied? No matter what The President of The Unied States of America does someone,somewhere woul disagree, Give the man a break, he did not create this mess, so you are finding anything and everything to talk against him about, stop being a jerk,When you and other's got the money to spend on youself's and other's and may get it again Did you complain then? stop being a JERK OK

Posted by: onesugar1 | November 25, 2009 6:08 AM | Report abuse

Positively repulsive. We need to show up at the White House with pitchforks and torches and remind these elitist sonsofb!tches who they work for. America suffers while these pigs dine off our dime. Obama, you are a ONE TERM PRESIDENT you money-grubbing smooth talking traitor.

Posted by: trippin | November 25, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

Re: why no Bill Clinton, generally former Presidents will not attend such affairs as all living former Presidents should attend (if you invite one, thereby you must invite all). It's a protocol issue.

Re: why no Oprah, likely because it wasn't appropriate. The same could be said for many others that were not on the list.

Re: why not full of unemployed? I asked my unemployed wife that very question, and she asked "what would that have done?". State dinners are for celebrating or renewing ties to foreign countries. This is an international affair not a domestic affair. Ok, the President (or any other former President for that matter) could have invited a bunch of unemployed Americans to the White House for dinner. But what would that do? What would that mean? Hopefully, we as American people, will all consider inviting over an unemployed American for Thanksgiving, or Tuesday night meatloaf.

Posted by: law3 | November 25, 2009 8:36 AM | Report abuse

"Did you make those same comment's when Bush was in office?"

I expect Bush and Cheney to act like a pig. I once thought better of Obama. I was wrong. I'll not be fooled again.

They could have served baloney sandwiches and everyone would have been just as tickled to be there. But no, they have to kick it up to the max. Fine. Then they earned every bit of my contempt.

America is going down the tubes while these Neros fiddle. I have no time for further excuses as to why Tim Geithner is still coddling Wall Street with OUR money while we all lose our homes.

Posted by: trippin | November 25, 2009 8:39 AM | Report abuse

It's surprising you would open a comment list for a guest list of a state dinner, but I think law3's wife had it right: "State dinners are for celebrating or renewing ties to foreign countries. This is an international affair not a domestic affair." It would be rude to serve up domestic problems with the pie. It would also be ignorant giving India's degree of poverty and unemployment. What would we be trying to prove?

Posted by: dnickell | November 25, 2009 9:36 AM | Report abuse, wrote "your concern touches me...slightly.

Where was this concern when Bush was in office for eight years while engaging in unsustainable spending and a total lack of economic oversight?
NO in fact your reply was catty and nonsense. In fact our President Bush held few State Dinners while in office.
Obama has run amok living the high life in his brief time in power. 100 dollars a pound Kobe beef from Japan as one very small example.

Michelles huge appetite for splendor with her 23 personal attendants. Barbara Bush had 1 personal attendant, Hillary Clinton had 3, Laura Bush had 1, now we have the "finally proud" Michelle with 23. Magnificent splendor in our current Marxist administration.

And you, dear, dear spew hate in the direction of Mommsee.

Posted by: Jakeson | November 25, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Re: number of staff in Mrs. Obama's Office, according to WaPo, ( there were many more than 1 attendants in Mrs. Bush's office (count the number of people with "first lady" in their title. Practically, also consider that the first lady (of all administrations) actually does travel, give speeches, maintains a calendar, receives formal guests, releases statements, etc. It is impractical for that job to be maintained by 1 additional person. And untrue for any prior administration I can see dating back several administrations.

Posted by: law3 | November 25, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Not to shabby for a "community coordinator". Only in America, my friends, can a "nobody" (with questionable citizenery) and the right(or wrong) backing become a "somebody". Hope they enjoyed dinner provided by the blood, sweat and toiling of the American people. Daggone if it doesn't remind me of the ancient Romans just a bit. Hhhmmm....What will I have with my soupbeans tonite? Maybe some meat.........or no?

Posted by: fadal2 | November 25, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

For every single government event, we should ask: 1. Can we really afford this? 2. Is there a cheaper way to do it? 3. Can the events list be trimmed? 4. Can the accommodations be trimmed (number of limousines needed, etc.)

Posted by: IIntgrty | November 25, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

TO: MBAORBUST: Bad Karma. It's Newton's 3d Law...Summary what goes around comes around. Goodluck!

Posted by: october30 | November 25, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

OMG, how did I not know that Gary Locke is now Secretary of Commerce? I went to high school with him.

Posted by: sparkalicious | November 25, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

It's telling that for all their puffery about ethics and not accepting gifts from sources--this dinner was filled with high-profile media personalities. Are we supposed to believe that Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Tom Friedman, Robin Roberts and (sigh) even Fareed Zakaria--the best journalist out there-- and others are not influenced by the chumminess of State Dinner? It is absurd to believe the press is on the public's side. Those who aren't already corrupted soon will be (Fareed).

Posted by: mclovin | November 26, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't know where to begin...let's start with MBAORBUST who wrote "no fried chicken, collard greens, pork grind (and it's pork RIND idiot!!)....really? that's the best you got? If you knew anything about African American people and their culture, you'd know who introduced these culinary dishes to them, but I'm not going to waste my time on someone with obvious low self esteem and intelligence. My question is to all those out there who want to criticize Obama in the short time he's been in office, given the magnitude of all that he's expected to "fix". I would love to see peformance appraisals from the bosses of some of you that are so quick to judge. It amazes me that some people expect instant change out of their elected leaders, knowing full well how the game of politics is played. And if you think it's not a game, then I feel for 'ya. And for those that believe Sarah Palin is in any way qualified to be the next President of the U.S., I have two words for you: KEEP DREAMING!!

Posted by: getaclue3 | November 27, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

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