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Posted at 3:51 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Barbra Streisand among guests at State Department lunch for Hu Jintao

By The Reliable Source

Chinese President Hu Jintao with Henry Kissinger and Barbra Streisand at the State Department, captured on tape during C-SPAN's coverage of the event. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

Before there's a state dinner, there's always a state lunch. Among the guests at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's luncheon for Hu Jintao on Wednesday afternoon: Barbra Streisand, of whom the Chinese president is said to be a big fan. The superstar chanteuse, in a business-like black jacket and skirt, clinked glasses during a toast with Hu.

(Updated, 6 p.m.: And yes, if you were wondering: Streisand made the state dinner guest list as well.)

Other guests at the State Department gathering: Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright, Robert Gates, Valerie Jarrett, Colin Powell, Sens. John Kerry and Dick Lugar, and Gen. James E. Cartwright of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Also: Music mogul Quincy Jones.

On the menu: Butternut squash soup, Alaskan cod with lemon-scented rice and winter vegetables, and "gilded chocolate and plum delight." With a nice chardonnay. Though the lunches are typically larger and less exclusive than the state dinners, the lists have some overlap. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke was among the luncheon guests expected at the dinner Wednesday night.



Read more about the state dinner for China.

By The Reliable Source  | January 19, 2011; 3:51 PM ET
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