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The White House Mexico State Dinner: May 19, 2010


A scene from the Obama administration's first state dinner, for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in November 2009. (Susan Walsh/AP)

President Obama hosted his second state dinner on Wednesday, this one honoring the visiting president of Mexico, President Felipe Calderón, and his wife Margarita Zavala. You can return to this page for more news about the dinner as it happens.

UPDATED late Thursday night:

Beyonce's performance, the non-spouse guests, and other state dinner leftovers.

The Salahis stopped outside the White House on state dinner night, say it's a weird coincidence. Sigh.

Capricia Marshall jokes about her White House slip-and-fall.

Rick Bayless, having the last tweet.

The B-list invited to the post-dinner entertainment.

Read the Post's coverage of the Mexico state dinner, with Robin Givhan and Roxanne Roberts reporting from the scene:
Mexico's state visit kicks off with pageantry at White House

UPDATED Thursday 1 a.m.

The politics of picking a White House state dinner guest list

UPDATED Wednesday 6 p.m.

Photos of the state visit and the arrivals ceremony at the White House.

New hairstyle for Michelle Obama!

UPDATED Wednesday 5 p.m.

The White House just released its state dinner guest list. And in an unusual move, the president's and first lady's tables are combined into one large head table (seating arrangements here).

UPDATED Wednesday 4:40 p.m.

Beyonce will be one of tonight's featured performers; and details are out about the menu.





Bayless (AP)

UPDATED Wednesday morning:

Michelle Obama will have three special guests at tonight's dinner -- the leaders of three community non-profits that she visited last year while getting to know Washington.

And visiting celeb chef Rick Bayless quibbles with a Chicago Sun-Times reporter over whether he was tweeting from the White House or just about the White House.


(Marvin Joseph/TWP)


UPDATED, Tuesday evening:

What's it like, being a waiter at a state dinner? You've got to learn the rules, freelance waiter Chris Freeman, a veteran of several big nights at the White House, tells our colleague Robin Givhan.

With the immigration debate raging so hotly, don't expect to see the most ardent advocates on either side on the guest list -- such as Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who got arrested in a protest the last time he went to the White House and is, unsurprisingly, not invited to the dinner, he tells our colleague Jason Horowitz. (But new richest-man-in-the-world Carlos Slim is expected to attend.)

Check out this photo gallery of past White House state dinner guests.


(Bill O'Leary/TWP)

And guess who popped up today? Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the crashers from the last dinner, who gave a new interview lashing out at the White House. They are not expected on Wednesday.

UPDATED, Tuesday 1 a.m.: Too many chefs in one kitchen for White House state dinner? White House executive chef Cristeta Comerford will share duties with prominent Chicago chef.

PREVIOUSLY: Calderon's two-day state visit could be a stressful one, reports our colleague William Booth, with Mexican officials up in arms over Arizona's tough new policies on immigrants. However, Michelle Obama and Margarita Zavala have already had a chance to bond -- they spent time together in Mexico last month during the first lady's first solo trip abroad.

Invited celebrity guests include Mexican golfer Lorena Ochoa, Salma Hayek and Eva Longoria Parker, reports the AP; Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico will also attend, his office announced.

Meanwhile, it's the first state dinner for the new White House social secretary Julianna Smoot -- under pressure to avoid the missteps of her predecessor, Desiree Rogers, who oversaw the last state dinner for Indian, now best known for gate crashing by Tareq and Michaele Salahi and Carlos Allen.



Links to earlier Washington Post stories:
In U.S. visit, Mexican president to discuss drug war, immigration (Monday, May 17, 2010)
Traveling abroad, first lady Michelle Obama makes kids Topic 1 (Thursday, April 15, 2010)
Julianna Smoot brings an insider's perspective to Obama's inner circle (Wednesday, March 3, 2010)
The party crashers: Turmoil in the White House (Monday, December 21, 2009)
Carlos Allen makes the media rounds, talking about the White House state dinner (Saturday, January 16, 2010)
Tareq, Michaele Salahi: Off the list, but somehow on the South Lawn (Thursday, November 26, 2009)

By The Reliable Source  |  May 17, 2010; 7:09 PM ET
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