state dinner

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait for the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer on the North Portico before a state dinner at the White House, June 7


‘America Celebrates Our Chancellor’

President Barack Obama presents German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Presidential Medal of Freedom

90 Responses to “state dinner”

  1. 1 MTmarilyn
    June 7, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    I am waiting. I have to leave in 2 hours so I hope I can see most of it.

  2. 2 P
    June 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    I tuned in a little late, just in time to see Mrs Obama’s look in front and then she turned to walk!!!! MY GOODNESSSSSS THAT WOMAN IS FLIERRRR THAN…..WOW!!!!! :D. Need to know who made that dress? What is she wearing? And that hair F-A-B-U- L-O-U-S!!!!!!

    • 3 meta
      June 7, 2011 at 6:21 pm

      FLOTUS looks stunning!. It’s a Naeem Khan dress. He was also the designer for that gorgeous strapless gown she wore the India State Dinner.

      • 4 P
        June 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm

        OMG that man is superb!!!!! I remember that dress absolutely gorgeous and one of the best dresses she has ever worn!!!!!!! I gotta check him out, hope his prices aren’t sky high lol!!! Thanks Meta!!! She’s so beautiful 🙂

      • 5 DreamChaser57
        June 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        I loved that dress from the India State Dinner – it was absolutely gorgeous, the color was vibrant and complimented FLOTUS complexion well, the fabric looked luxurious and indulgent, it also seemed to be a cultural nod to India the way the dress was styled

  3. 6 DreamChaser57
    June 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    The FLOTUS was breathtaking – a stunning angelic vision of lovelines. She is a wellness role model, so many women feel woefully inadequate when they engage in the futile fruitless exercise of comparative judgment with air-brushed images in the magazines, women devoid of curves or any shape. It’s dreadful what the fashion industry demands from its young models, I fear some of them will never recover from the self-imposed punishment of rendering their bodies to that of a hanger for clothes to drape on, it boggles the mind and I shudder at the thought

  4. 7 carolyn
    June 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    I hate to be off topic here, but I just saw Chris Matthews “Let Me Finish” comment on Sarah Palin. It is spectcular, and right on target. I imagine it is on MSNBC, but I don’t know how to post. If you or someone else could post this, it could get the distribution it deserves. The statement is amazing!

  5. 8 Luci1119
    June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Ahh I can’t see anything or hear anything 😦

  6. 9 MTmarilyn
    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    I missed it all. What a dress! I love that hair. She can wear almost anything and look fabulous. The President looks pretty good too, LOL!!!!!

  7. 10 donna dem 4 obama
    June 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Chancellor Merkel is in a dress!!

    The First Lady and the President are stunning.

    • 11 GGail
      June 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

      Donna – I laughed and thought about your earlier comment about Chancellor Merkel and dresses. She looks lovely and seems genuinely happy to see POTUS but especially FLOTUS – so much so, that she left her husband at the limo and had to stop and remember to walk up with him. LOL! And of course our President cuts a dashing figure in his attire and the First Lady – what can you say except Ahhhhhhhh beautiful, simply beautiful.

  8. 12 AnitaW
    June 7, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I love seeing the sentry detail….both pomp and style. I was in the Army and really does any branch do pomp better than the Marines?

    • 13 Alycee
      June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you, Anita! Iwas in the Corps for 21yrs; always nice to receivea kudos from a sister service… Alycee

      • 14 AnitaW
        June 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

        Haha. I was afraid someone was going to take my head off, but should have known that was unlikely on this blog. And the Kudos are well deserved. 21 years in the Corp? That’s impressive. And let me say thank you for your service!!

      • June 8, 2011 at 9:58 am

        Congrats for 21 years and the corps does it great.

  9. 17 zizi
    June 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    aaargh! Mitch McConnell and wife Elaine Chao just strolled in. Why allow such vipers in close proximity. I know, I know protocol and all. Bush sheesh, I thought he and Boehner refused to attend an earlier state dinner. Why didn’t they stay away from this one too?

    • June 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

      Wasn’t she the former head of the Department of Labor? Hilda Solis is much, much better.

      • 19 zizi
        June 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

        Yep she was, and turned it into the department of business tycoons. She began dismantling labor provisions long before the current spate of GOP madness. She’s truly terrible.

  10. 20 yardarm756
    June 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Oh LORD, Mitch “The Turtle” McConnell just walk in the dinner with an Oriental lady. Is that legal in Kentucky?

  11. 24 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Drop. Dead. Gorgeous.

    Merkel looks very nice, too.

  12. 25 DreamChaser57
    June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    The FLOTUS makeup and hair look fabulous, I neglected to mention that before – both are so seasonally appropriate , her look is fanstastically light and airy. Makeup is not suppose to weigh you down.

  13. 26 theo67
    June 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    The President and First Lady look exquisite, as usual, but I also have to give a nod to Chancellor Merkel – she looks lovely! I was a bit worried after seeing the “eyeful” from another evening dress earlier today, but she looks very nice. Lovely.

    • 27 donna dem 4 obama
      June 7, 2011 at 6:37 pm

      Same here theo67 but she surprised me and looks quite lovely tonight.

    • 30 northanger
      June 7, 2011 at 7:13 pm

      I agree. The FLOTUS also brings a sparkle to the event, yet her look remains understated and doesn’t overshadow the guest of honor, Chancellor Merkel.

  14. 31 donna dem 4 obama
    June 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Nancy Pelosi looked beautiful as well.

  15. 38 DreamChaser57
    June 7, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    Aaaaaaaaaaagggggggggggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, why does’nt CNN have audio for the arrivals!!!!???? Sheesh. I think I might have missed all of them. I don’t see anyone else.

    • 39 meta
      June 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

      I can’t get CNN video so I missed all the arrivals. I have some sort of bug happening in my set up. ARGHHHHH.

  16. 40 StR
    June 7, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Who knew Chancellor Merkel was a big Jay-Z fan…

  17. June 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    It’s on cspan1!

  18. 51 Perry
    June 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Wow! First Lady looks stunning! First Lady hair is fabulous.

  19. 52 meta
    June 7, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Some behind the scenes prep in the White House kitchen:


  20. 54 professorx10
    June 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Looks like Pres Obama is staring at FLOTUS and saying-“Damn girl you look Foine!”

    • 57 Marcelisa
      June 7, 2011 at 9:56 pm

      My most favorite pics of them are when he’s checking her out. He’s always checking her out!!! Love it:-)

    • 58 Sue in Minnesota
      June 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Every state dinner, as they await their guests, that is precisely my instinctive response. My impression is that he is really resisting the urge to embrace her, or at the very least to physically touch her…….which I’ld imagine would break with protocal. It’s a strong vibe, I don’t think it’s my imagination…it energy seems very real to me.

      Michelle is stunning, and I agree that she is a wonderful role model for “honest” beauty……women should all be encouraged to love what they have and make the most of it, but that work begings from the inside.

  21. 59 anniebella
    June 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I’m looking at everything up here, and let me say our President and First Lady look wonderful. Seem like wonderful is not enough. I am telling you the First Lady , Wow! She ought to make every American proud, she is a wonderful First Lady and I am so proud of her. It goes without saying that I think our President is doing a darn good job. Here’s to our President and First Lady. We are bless to have you representing us.

  22. 60 lisalovesobama
    June 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    seriously? can these two women look any more beautiful? Love it!

    • 61 AnitaW
      June 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

      Love the picture of Michelle and Angela exchanging the “yeah you look good” look. A very funny moment.

  23. 62 sherijr
    June 7, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Well dang, I guess I’ve missed it all.. thank you chips for the pictures 🙂 🙂 Oh Michelle, Michelle- you never fail to shine and look so perfect.. I would so love to see her in person (and that guy thats always hanging by her side too 😉 Chancellor Merkel and husband also look lovely and as if they’re all happy to be spending the evening together.

  24. 63 P
    June 7, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    When is the streaming going to start it’s 7:39?

  25. 66 MTmarilyn
    June 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Where is this being shown? I can’t find it.

  26. June 7, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Here’s the guest list for the dinner:


    Her Excellency Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
    Professor Dr. Joachim Sauer

    Ms. Naomi Aberly, Dallas, TX
    Mr. Larry Lebowitz

    Mr. Jeremy Alters, Hallandale Beach, FL
    Ms. Lina Guerrero, Miami, FL

    Mr. Leo Apotheker, Palo Alto, CA

    The Honorable Jorg Asmussen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Washington, DC

    Mr. Mark Ayers, Alexandria, VA
    Mrs. Deborah Ayers

    Mr. Stewart W Bainum, Chevy Chase, MD
    Mrs. Sandra Bainum

    The Honorable Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
    Mrs. Kris Barrett

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

    Mr. David Billings, Washington, DC
    Mrs. Rebecca Goodhart

    Mr. Stephen Bittel, Miami Beach, FL
    Mrs. Sabine Bittel, Coconut Grove, FL

    The Honorable Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President, Washington, DC

    Ms. Sara Bloomfield, Washington, DC

    Professor Dr. Wolfgang Bohmer, Former Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt

    Mr. Volker Bouffier, Minister-President of Hessen

    Mr. Ulrich Braess, Washington, DC
    Mrs. Dorothea Braess

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

    Mr. Robert E Buccini, Wilmington, DE
    Mrs. Elizabeth Buccini

    The Honorable William Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

    General James E Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Fort Myer, VA

    Mr. Robert Clark, St. Louis, MO
    Ms. Raschelle Burton

    The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

    The Honorable Daniel Coats, United States Senator
    Mrs. Marsha Coats, Spouse of United States Senator

    Mr. John Cooney, Chicago, IL
    Mrs. Barbara Cooney

    The Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

    The Honorable Jon Corzine, Former Governor of New Jersey
    Mrs. Sharon Corzine

    Ms. Sevim Dagdelen, Member of the Federal Parliament, The Left, Washington, DC

    The Honorable William Daley, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, Washington, DC
    Ms. Bernadette Keller

    H.E. Dr. Thomas de Maiziere, Federal Minister of Defense

    General Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Fort Myers, VA
    Mrs. Deanie Dempsey

    Mr. Kai Diekmann, Editor in Chief Bild/Bild am Sonntag

    Mr. E.J. Dionne, Bethesda, MD
    Ms. Mary Boyle

    The Honorable Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, NSC, Washington, DC
    Ms. Cathy Russell, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden

    Mr. Kirk Dornbush, Atlanta, GA
    Mrs. Barb Dornbush

    Mr. William Drozdiak, New York, NY
    Ms. Natalia Drozdiak, Bridgehampton, NY

    Mr. David Duffy, North Kingstown, RI
    Mrs. Heidi Duffy

    Mrs. Leni Eccles, Belvedere, CA
    Ms. Norma Douglas, Sun Valley, ID

    Ms. Susan Eisenhower, Washington, DC
    Mr. Bucky Clarkson, Jacksonville, FL

    Mr. Christoph Eschenbach, Washington, DC
    Ms. Jeanette Weaver Ruesch, Chevy Chase, MD

    Mr. Richard Fante, AstraZeneca, Newtown Square, PA
    Mrs. Janine Fante

    Dr. Daniel E Fass, Klapper and Fass, Scarsdale, NY
    Mrs. Jessica Fass, Riverside, CT

    Mr. Otto Fricke, Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU

    H.E. Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich, Federal Minister of the Interior

    Mrs. Carol Fulp, Oak Bluffs, MA
    Mr. Bernie Fulp, Boston, MA

    Mr. Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, CA
    Ms. Amy Wakeland

    The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC
    Mrs. Carole Geithner, Spouse of The Honorable Timothy Geithner

    Mr. Robert J Gillette, Tempe, AZ
    Ms. Lisa Bunch, Phoenix, AZ

    The Honorable Austan Goolsbee, Chair, Council of Economic Advisors, Washington, DC
    Mrs. Robin Goolsbee

    The Honorable Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
    Mrs. Rachel Gordon

    Mr. Thomas Gottschalk, Master of Ceremonies of TV Show

    Dr. Emily Haber, Political Director of the Federal Foreign Office

    Mr. Robert D Hansen, Midland, MI
    Mrs. Kathleen L Hansen

    Mr. Thomas Hesse, New York, NY
    Ms. Gwendolyn Bellmann

    Dr. Christoph R Heusgen, Advisor to the Chancellor, Washington, DC

    Mr. Bruce Heyman, Chicago, IL
    Mrs. Vicki Heyman

    Mr. Doug T Hickey, San Francisco, CA
    Ms. Dawn Ross

    Mr. James Hoffa, Washington, DC
    Ms. Meaghan Wolff

    Ms. Kate Hughes, Princeton, NJ
    Mr. Robert J Del Tufo

    Mr. Helmut Jahn, Chicago, IL
    Mrs. Deborah L Jahn

    The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, Washington, DC

    Professor Dr. Hans-Peter Keitel, President, Federation of German Industry

    Mr. Craig Kennedy, Washington, DC
    Ms. Karen Guberman

    Ms. Lena Kennedy, Pasadena, CA
    Ms. Teena Hostovich, La Canada, CA

    Mrs. Katja Keul, Member of Parliament, Alliance 90/The Greens

    Mr. Klaus Kleinfeld, Port Chester, NY
    Mrs. Birgit Kleinfeld

    Mrs. Freya Klier, Author

    Mr. Jurgen Klinsmann, German Football Manager and Former Player

    The Honorable Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator
    Mr. John Bessler, United States Senate Spouse

    Dr. Hans-Ulrich Klose, Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU

    Mr. Stefan Kornelius, Washington, DC

    Dr. Bernhard Kotsch, Deputy Head of the Chancellor’s Office

    Mr. David Leonhardt, Bethesda, MD
    Mrs. Laura Leonhardt

    Mr. Daniel Libeskind, New York, NY
    Ms. Nina Lewis-Libeskind

    Mr. Bryan Lourd, Beverly Hills, CA
    Mr. Bruce Bozzi, Los Angleles, CA

    The Honorable Nita Lowey, United States Representative
    Mr. Stephen Lowey, United States Representative Spouse

    Mr. Noah Mamet, Marina Del Rey, CA
    Ms. Jennifer P Lindberg, Los Angeles, CA

    The Honorable Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

    Ms. Marissa Mayer, San Francisco, CA
    Mr. Zachary Bogue

    The Honorable Mitch McConnell, United States Senator, Republican Leader
    The Honorable Ms. Elaine L. Chao, Spouse of United States Senator

    Mr. Robert A McDonald, Cincinnati, OH
    Mrs. Diane McDonald

    The Honorable Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, NSC, Washington, DC
    Mrs. Karin McDonough

    The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks, United States Representative
    Mrs. Simone-Marie Meeks, Spo

  27. 71 MTmarilyn
    June 7, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    I just checked CNN live schedule and they have no more events today. Guess I missed it all. I know you will have videos by the time I get home from my dinner. Thanks Chips.

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    June 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

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  29. 75 meta
    June 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I’m reading that PBO made a toast to Chancellor Merkel using her words to Congress: “To freedom, which must be struggled for & defended anew every day of our lives.”

    These two are very different people with very different backgrounds but there is obviously some very genuine affection between them.

  30. 76 barb
    June 7, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I love POTUS’s gown. If this is Khan each of the crystal pieces is sew on by hand. I remember for the Indian state visit her gown was made with authenic silver and how time consuming it is to create these works of art. He also made several gowns for her to choose, so I think she kept all of them. He certainly understands her figure and how to enhance her beautyy. Chancellor Merkel has chosen a fine gown that is very becoming for her shape and height. I have to smile every time I see Merkel with the President from the G8 and 20 meetings. She looks at him with such adoration and respect and friendship. Quite a contrast from the look on her face when Bush rubbed her back at a meeting. He never understood the art of diplomacy as our CIC does.

  31. 78 meta
    June 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    CSPAN is playing the awarding of the Medal of Freedom. She really has had an extraordinary life!


    • 79 meta
      June 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      The dinner is outdoors in the Rose Garden. Beautiful!

    • 80 Karen, Sr.
      June 7, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      Meta, I was just about to comment on that, too. She accomplished all that in spite of the odds against her. I love those kinds of stories. Reminds me of our determined President.

  32. June 7, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    They’re showing the ceremony for the Medal of Freedom on cspan. *back to lurkerdom*

    June 7, 2011 at 9:14 pm


  34. 83 anniebella
    June 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    Excuse me if I keep repeating myself, but I think it is a well known fact just what I think of our First Lady. I have never kept up with a First Lady like this one. My dream is to one day meet her. Maybe it will have to be in the 2012-2016 time period,but that’s okay. I am just so proud of her. So proud of her. And did I mention how lovely she looks this evening. In case I didn’t, our First Lady looooooooooooooooooks lovely. As Stevie Wonder would say, Isn’t she lovely, Isn’t she wonderful. Yes she is.

  35. 84 anniebella
    June 7, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Okay, POTUS is darn fine too.

  36. June 7, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Agree w/your sentiments 100%, anniebella! I burst with pride every time I see her! Very noble goal of yours. Its been mine too! 🙂

    • 86 anniebella
      June 7, 2011 at 10:35 pm

      Thank you Carla. I’m going to say good night. God Bless to you all. And God Bless our President and First Lady, and their family.

  37. 87 m
    June 7, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    My eyes can not help but go straight to Michelle. She is gorgeous! I like those pics of POTUS looking at her. You can tell they have so much fun together. Chancellor Merkel looks great too and there she is smiling so much again. I am so happy for her that PBO gave her a medal of freedom.

  38. 88 LAPalm
    June 8, 2011 at 2:46 am

    Yes our FLOTUS & Mr. PRESIDENT represent very well…So
    proud of them & more so that they can look amazing with
    all that’s going on around them….Dont ya’ll just Love them.

    chipstick for all you do & for making us proud

  39. 89 Titti
    June 8, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Love how they tower above people (tallest 1st couple) and people can’t help but smile and laugh when they’re around em. The ladies look fab and the guys are not too far off fine.

  40. 90 Shafeeqah V. Smith
    June 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    Beautiful First Couple!

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