Celebrities on the state dinner guest list
The White House just released its list of expected guests at tonight's state dinner for China. Among the notables: Michelle Kwan, Jackie Chan, Barbra Streisand -- and not one but two former presidents.
Both Bill Clinton (escorting his wife, the Secretary of State) and Jimmy Carter (along with Rosalynn) made the list.
From the current White House, David Axelrod was invited, as was Michelle Obama's new chief of staff, Tina Tchen.
From the business community: Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, Jeff Immelt of GE, David Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group, and Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan.
Power pundits: David Ignatius of the Washington Post, Tom Friedman and Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times. Also: Christiane Amanpour of ABC.
Also: Actor B.D. Wong, architect Maya Lin, pianist Lang Lang, jazz musician Herbie Hancock, and cellist Yo Yo Ma.
Some notable halves of power couples: Elaine Chao, a former secretary of labor under George W. Bush, came with a Dr. James Chao instead of her husband, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. And Wendi Deng Murdoch, sans her publishing mogul husband Rupert Murdoch.
Check out the full guest list here.
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| January 19, 2011; 5:20 PM ET
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