What does a real White House state-dinner invitation look like?
Wondering if your invitation is actually an actual invitation to an actual state dinner? If only Carlos Allen had asked us! Guests at White House state dinners are mailed an elegant engraved invitation that doesn't look a thing like Allen's "invite" displayed during Monday's interview with Robin Roberts.
"The image that appeared on 'Good Morning America' is the inside front page of the entertainment program," said White House historian Barry Landau, author of "The President's Table: 200 Years of Dining & Diplomacy." "It was put at every place setting and does not represent, by any stretch of the imagination, an invitation to a state dinner at the White House."
One of the 320 invited guests to the Nov. 24 dinner, Washington Post Managing Editor Raju Narisetti, lent us his state-dinner souvenirs. Read on for more photos.
On the table, there was also a program with a gold tassel that listed the entertainers for the evening. The first page of the entertainment program, which begins "The President and Mrs. Obama welcome you to the White House..." looks exactly like Allen's purported invitation -- see below -- without the image of the White House and with the seal from the cover.
Photos of a document that Allen claims was sent to his home, inviting him to the state dinner:
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January 12, 2010; 4:13 PM ET
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