state dinner


Dinner guests:

U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and her son Ned

Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory

Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife Sharon Malone

Warren Buffett and his wife Astrid

Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, a medal of honor recipient, and his wife Ashley Petry

Sen. John Kerry and Teresa Heinz Kerry

Sen. Charles Schumer and Iris Weinshall

Gwen Ifill and Wendell Pierce

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and his wife Katie

U.S. Congressman John Dingell and his wife Deborah

Andrew Sullivan and Aaron Tone

Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine, and Shelby Bryan

Jay Carney and Claire Shipman, Senior National Correspondent for ABC

Hugh Bonneville and LuLu Williams

Golfer Rory McIlroy and guest Conor Ridge

Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman

Idris Elba

George …. you know

Vice President Joe Biden with his wife Jill Biden and British Foreign Secretary William Hague


687 Responses to “state dinner”

  1. 1 Tally
    March 14, 2012 at 6:22 pm


  2. March 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    • March 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

      Looks like some of us got the new WordPress version of TOD today!!

      • March 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

        Yikes, how is it new Meta, help?! Do you mean non-functioning new as in it’s flippin’ impossible to post comments? πŸ˜•

        • March 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

          I got it too. Had to log in before I could post.

        • March 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

          It just wouldn’t let me post and kept saying I had to log in. So I had to try a few diff things. The layout looks a bit different and now I have that magic thingy in the top right hand corner that shows that I have responses to my posts that people have been enjoying. Wheee!!

          • March 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

            Why do I never notice any of these changes? 😳 And why have they changed the log-in thingie? Do Bain Capital own WordPress? πŸ˜•

          • 31 Tally
            March 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

            OMG – Thanks meta! I never would have noticed that. πŸ˜€

          • 32 Pamela
            March 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

            Meta, did you have to use a different name than your screen name to set up the account, and did WP let you keep the same screen name? I noticed down thread that pinkbunny has numbers before the screen name!

            • March 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

              I went ahead and used my usual screen name without any problems. I think they simply upgraded to the latest version and required us to log in this one time to set things straight. I hope!!

      • 34 pinkbunny92
        March 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

        Ahhhh I just now see the changes! dang, I’m not so observant today LOL! πŸ˜€

  3. 35 Uche
    March 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Tally and Elle…there must be something with those double ‘L’s. Gonna change my name to Uchelle…maybe I’d get in 1st too. LOL

    • 36 Tally
      March 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Uchelle is a gorgeous name. Why don’t I know anyone named that? Maybe I steal that for one of the stories I’m working on. πŸ˜€

      I’ll definitely give you credit babe!

    • 37 Elle in MI
      March 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      Lol Uche”elle” :-). Congrats on your double first Tally!

  4. 38 CTGirl
    March 14, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Wow! I got in!

  5. 39 Pamela
    March 14, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Having a bit of trouble with my comments posting today, am here tho, have made some very witty remarks, of course, sorry you had to miss them! πŸ˜‰

  6. 40 Bill
    March 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Chips, would it be possible to post the David Cameron luncheon speech again as it was only posted for a short period of time on the last thread. Thanks, it is an important statement about PBO.

  7. March 14, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Hey everyone, all kinds of glitchy things seem to be happening with the comments today, and some of you have said you’re being asked to log in to comment when you already have?? Grrrr. Just to reassure you, no changes have been made here – it’s just another bad day for WordPress. I’ll check to see if there’s anything about it on their support forum. Hang in there πŸ˜‰

    • 45 Pamela
      March 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

      2 suggestions: solar flares, and Mercury retrograde. Not sure about the solar flares as they were very active a week ago, but it could be. Very sure about the Mercury retrograde (apparent in it’s position to Earth), however, as it often plays havoc with communications!

      • 46 Tally
        March 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

        It’s me – supposed to be entering The Red Tent any moment….. πŸ˜‰

        We women control the UNIVERSE!

    March 14, 2012 at 6:33 pm


  9. March 14, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    um, okay. I had to log in using my wordpress account.

    never had to do that before.

    ok, one more time.

    So not much happening today, so I guess I’ll watch the arrivals to the state dinner and pay my usual game of “guess who’s coming to dinner”…lol

  10. March 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    ugh!!! I just wanna see what Miche is wearing. The wait is killing me!!

  11. 63 donna dem 4 obama
    March 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    Can you even imagine what it would be like to attend one of these events?

  12. 64 Pamela
    March 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    BTW, l.o.v.e.d the dining room decor in the pics on the earlier thread, fabulous taste in table settings, and the menu! Whoa!

  13. March 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Aww the poor CSPAN guys has to make small talk every 5 min…lol.

    John Legend performing! I love how POTUS/FLOTUS keep bringing R&B and Soul to the WH. An older lady I worked for said she bet “the White House ain’t never had this many Black people coming through the front door”…LOL.

  14. March 14, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Anyone else watch “Fashion Police” with Joan Rivers? I’ve always wanted to see Joan Rivers do her fashion “tawk” at one of these things.

    • March 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      I lurv FP! Joan is ridiculous!!!!!! Once she had Miche and some other person in the segment ‘ *itch Stole My Look!’ —- i winced when I heard it. That was not a good idea. Since then, they’ve never talked about Miche. Still, love Joan but she’s a bit much for this occasion.

      • 68 anniebella
        March 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

        Joan Rivers can be alittle too much at times, I don’t hate her, but I don’t watch her either.

        • 69 Eleroy
          March 15, 2012 at 5:26 am

          Joan Rivers is a nasty b@t**!!! Saw her on Watch what happens a few weeks ago and she was asked what she thought about Rick Santorum as a presidential candidate.

          She said he was an idiot but quickly added that “every one of the presidential candidates were idiots including the one on the other side.!!!

          She raved about Donald Trump and how he would make a great President because he was this great business man!!!

          Last year she ragged on Mrs Obama telling her to take a page from Hillary!!! LOL!!! I know right??? Something about seeing the woman and not the clothes!!! Fucking unbelievable!!! Can you imagine if Mrs Obama dressed that way??? Joan would be the first to pile on.

          Joan is another one of those angry women who suddenly decided we owed Hillary the presidency and takes out their resentment on the Obamas at every turn. Just like that Ambassador woman friend of Hillary that emceed that women of courage event. Their resentment of the Obamas seeps through and it is very, very ugly!!!

  15. March 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    who is hugh bonneville?

    btw are they supposed to stop and talk to reporters?

  16. 73 Linda
    March 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    It looks like that woman at the entry is wearing a carpel tunnel wrist brace….I suffered with that for years in both wrists….I used to get cortisone shots every 90 days ….finally had the surgery…it is gone forever now…

    I don’t know why I waited so long….

  17. March 14, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    hello, hello, anybody out there? Hello can you hear me now?

  18. March 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    If my previous comment post, then all is well in TODtown again. I just wrote a profound comment that didn’t make the cut.

  19. 80 carolyn
    March 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    We just turned on the State Dinner and the person being interviewed was Hugh Bonneville, the British actor who is Lord Grantham on Downton Abbey, my favorite show! That was a neat treat! The others are just walking in, not being interviewed. I read that it’s a combination of English and American guests.

  20. 82 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Watching the state dinner “red carpet”. I’d be so nervous to walk in front of all of those jealous catty beltway reporters.

  21. March 14, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    oh my gooosh!!! cute gay couple holding hands walking into the WH!!!!!! they looked sooooooo soooooo sweet! Beautiful! You wouldn’t see that in a repug WH!!!!! Thank you PBO!!!

  22. 95 Andy46
    March 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Hello TOD
    Thanks Chipsticks for the live links this is so awesome!!!

  23. March 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    oooooooH!! another cute gay couple. this time they are women and they are also holding hands. ahhhh!!! I’m so proud!!!

  24. 99 Bill
    March 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    I’ll bet $10,000 we don’t see the gate crashers.

  25. March 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    looking at the guest list and Jonathan Capeheart is there. Bet he brings his mom.

    oooh and George Clooney is on the list

    Some members of the band “Mumford and Sons”

    Carey Mulligan

  26. March 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    So is the assumption that the people holding hands are part of a couple?

  27. March 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    There is the soldier who got the Medal of Honor!!

  28. March 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    ooh, was that Jonathan Capeheart’s boyfriend? He was cute.

  29. 106 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Did I miss FLOTUS’ dress? I wanna see what she’s wearing!!!!

  30. 107 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Why am I sitting here trying to guess which couples still have sex and which don’t based on body language? #statedinnerredcarpet

  31. March 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    ok, I’m behind. I need to FF my dvr.

    Loved the rubenesque lady with the red hair BTW…lol

  32. 115 Linda
    March 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Who are these people ?

  33. 117 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Hey, Debra Lee — BET!

  34. 118 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Gwen Ifill

  35. 122 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Gwen Iffil had a man on her arm – U Go Girl!

    • 123 CBO
      March 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Wendell Pierce.

      Also known as ‘Bunk Moreland’ or “The Bunk” from the hit TV show, The Wire.

      I didn’t know they were an item.

  36. March 14, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    WHOOAAAAA!! Gwen Ifill with Wendell Pierce!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn’t see that one coming!!

  37. 126 Tally
    March 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you Mr. Prime Minister for your wonderful comments, especially about WOMEN. Bravo sir!

  38. March 14, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    It’s Lady Grantham!!!!

  39. 130 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Ok, I now have my laptop and my desktop up so I can talk and look at the same time πŸ˜€

  40. 134 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Awwwww at the solo guy. I would have been his date!

  41. March 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Don’t forget Wendall Pierce was also in “Waiting to Exhale”

  42. 139 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    She walked so fast ahead of him because she wanted her dress to be seen – HA!

  43. 141 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Who is Denise Lewis?

  44. March 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Johnny Ive!! He’s the designer respsonsible for the beauty and usability of all Apple products.

  45. 144 CBO
    March 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Downton in the Hizzy.

    Already seen Lord and Lady Grantham.

    I know she probably isn’t here, but it would be a treat if the Dowager Countess also made an appearance.

  46. 146 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Who is this tall stunning black woman? Lady, you’re not FLOTUS! Leave at once!

  47. 148 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    Denise Lewis, Brit. Not familiar with her, but she was totally not gonna be intimidated out of finishing her interview by the escort dude in uniform. Good for her. πŸ™‚

  48. March 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    So how shiny is that floor? It looks pretty slippery to me. I can see me now, sliding half-way across the floor, evening gown full of taffeta and chiffon in my mouth, taking out the rope line, knocking over cameras and press, kicking that doorman in the shins, then miraculously ending up right at my designated seat. Of course, I’d remain all elegant and froo froo, as I righted myself very ta-ta ish.

  49. 156 CBO
    March 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    I don’t know most of these people.

    Is that a bad thing?

  50. March 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Miche is out!!!! STUNNING!!!!!!!

  51. 161 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm


  52. March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm


  53. March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    ooh. love that necklace FLOTUS is wearing. this dress is the same style as the one she wore in Britain right? Except this one looks to be midnight blue.

  54. 165 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    There they ARE!!!! GORGEOUS!!!!

  55. 166 CTGirl
    March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Mrs. O dress is similar to the one she wore in the UK.

  56. March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    once again, Miche takes the cake and eats it too!!!! AWESOME SAUCE!!!!

  57. March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Denise Lewis OBE (born 27 August 1972, in West Bromwich, England) is a retired British athlete who specialised in the heptathlon. She won the gold medal in

  58. 169 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    My beautiful First Lady – awwwwwww

  59. 177 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 7:07 pm


  60. March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm


    Ooooh, he didn’t bring his girlfriend…

  61. 192 CTGirl
    March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm


  62. March 14, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    George is there!!!! YAY!!!!

  63. 196 Lorraine
    March 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    First Lady Michelle’s dress was smokin’ bomb goes the dynamite! President Obama ever the gentleman said, “they look better than us.” That was good.

  64. 200 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    There’s Charlie Rose!

  65. 202 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Charlie Rose…..hmmmmm, Was Gayle King invited too????

  66. March 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Ooh. Claire McCaskills hair is lovely.

    Those Biden boys are really cute ain’t they.

  67. March 14, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Joe Biden Jr and wife!!!

  68. 205 yardarm756
    March 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    What gets me is those hyenas on the rope line grovelling and screeching to get some sort of pre-dinner scoop. Disgusting. It’s enough to ruin ones appetite 😦

  69. March 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    ooh who’s the lady Hilda Solis…boob-alicious…lol

  70. 207 LOL
    March 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    What in the hell? Who dressed up as twins..?

  71. 208 Tally
    March 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Sir Richard!!!!! Want to meet him so much!

    Thank you for Virgin Airlines!!!

  72. 210 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Sir Richard Bramsom – these actors are such HAMS!!!

    • March 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      Not for nothing, but not an actror multi-millionaire entertainment businessman. own Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines…and a number of big entertainment businesses.

  73. March 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I have no idea who the majority of the British people and the majority of the pols and American.

    Sad to say I knew Clooney, Wendell Pierce , Glenn Ifill and ….LOL

  74. 214 CBO
    March 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Branson,…..er…… I mean SIR Richard Branson.

    Showman as always.

  75. 215 LOL
    March 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    That military guy is about to kick Richie’s ass..LOL

  76. 216 Jewelz
    March 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I never paid much attention to the State Dinner when Bush was President. It’s fun watching this even if I don’t recognize 90 percent of the attendees.

  77. March 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    This is how awful the lighting was on the WH video

  78. March 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Hilda Solis looked good!

  79. 224 LOL
    March 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Where is Jon Favreau and/or Sam Kass. EYECANDY

  80. 226 LOL
    March 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm


  81. 227 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    This is historic – I don’t remember seeing so many gay couples at a WH Dinner – oh how so very lovely!

    • 228 Doreen
      March 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

      I know! It warms my heart to see the couples walk proudly and freely hand and hand. This Presidency and Administration has definitely brought in a a whole lot of “firsts”!

    • 229 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      I noticed that too. Pretty cool!

  82. March 14, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    My fav Andrew Sullivan!

  83. March 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    AND RICHARD WOLFFE. pbo loves wolffe I have both his books written about obama.

  84. 234 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Damien Lewis from “Homeland”. Love that show!

  85. 240 CBO
    March 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Homeland in the House.

    Great show.

    Love Damian Lewis.

  86. March 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm


  87. 247 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Andrew Sullivan’s husband is hot.

  88. 250 Tally
    March 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    So after I finish MI-5, do I need to watch Homeland?

  89. March 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Ok, so I think if the press asks more than one question or allows an answer to last more than 30 seconds, they should gave to go to the back of the rope line. also too, who was that lady with the looong slit. She held the dress so we could glimpse the leg. Kinda like Angelina, get-a-load-of- these-gams, Jolie.

  90. March 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Warren in da Hizzouse!!!

  91. 255 prettyfoot58
    March 14, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Is Nanct Pelosi on the guest list

  92. 256 yardarm756
    March 14, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    The rope line as-holes are really ill mannered!

  93. 257 Linda
    March 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    The Holders always look amazing…

  94. 258 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Eric Holder is one good-lookin’ man!

  95. 260 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Eric Holder’s wife has got Michelle arms!

    • 261 Ladyhawke
      March 14, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Seriously, she makes me want to do a few pushups right now. I have to say that Mr and Mrs Holder are the most stunning couple I have seen tonight. They looked amazing.

  96. March 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Eric Holder and wife are cute. Kathleen looks sexy! me likey!!!

  97. March 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Is Damien Lewis British?

  98. 269 yardarm756
    March 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Eric Holders wife is Fiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine!

  99. 276 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Love Kathleen Sebelius’ blue dress!

  100. 277 anniebella
    March 14, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Where is Chris Matthews? This is why he has turn so anti-Obama. He is ignored.

    • 278 Bobfr (aka Our4thEstate)
      March 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

      Further proof of the impeccable judgement of our President πŸ˜€


      • 279 anniebella
        March 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        Right on Bobfr. I agree.

        • 281 Eleroy
          March 15, 2012 at 7:30 am

          Explains why Arianna Huffington went on another bitchfest against President Obama the other night!!! No invitation to the State dinner!!! LOL!!! Even though Hillary Rosen gets an invite!!! How dare they!!! LOL!!!

          Ariana NOT important. Arianna mad as hell throws bitch-fit!!! Arianna quickly losing whatever is left of her manufactured importance!!!

          Good riddance to the shit-stirring piece of shit!!!

  101. 282 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Kamala Harris!!!

  102. 289 daisydem
    March 14, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    LOOK at that dress! Oh my. I love it … It fits her like a glove, a beautiful glove. The two ladies look wonderful in shades of blue!

  103. 290 CBO
    March 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Kamala Harris and her little Sis, Maya

  104. March 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Richard Wolffe and PBO found they had a commonality. Richard dad was white/british his mom morrocan.

  105. March 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Honorable means Ambassadors????

    Of course they would ask Anna Wintour who’s she wearing.

    • 296 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      Honorable applies to ambassadors and government officials…

      In the United States, the prefix The Honorable has been used to formally address various officials at the federal and state levels, perhaps most notably judges. The title is held for life. Modifiers such as The Right Honorable or The Most Honorable are not used.

      Federal usage as dictated by the chief of protocol, an appointed official in the United States Department of State, provides that the following other officials receive the title:
      The president and vice president, and members of both houses of Congress, including people elected or appointed to those positions who have not yet taken up the office.
      All federal and state judges, justices of the peace and magistrates, whether appointed or elected.
      Appointed heads of the federal executive departments (United States Cabinet members) and Cabinet-level office-holders as well as appointed heads of the independent agencies.
      Assistants to the president above the rank of special assistant, including, for example, the Deputy Homeland Security Advisor.
      Special or personal Envoys.
      Most appointees confirmed by the Senate, such as ambassadors of the United States, who are referred to as His/Her Excellency when travelling abroad. Notable exceptions to this rule include United States Attorneys, U.S. Marshals and commissioned military officers who do not receive this title, although they are confirmed by the Senate.
      Officers of the House of Representatives and of the Senate such as the Chief Administrative Officer of the United States House of Representatives and Secretary of the Senate.
      Governors, lieutenant governors, statewide elected officeholders such as an attorney general, and members of a governor’s cabinet unless individual states have their own customs. In some states, an incumbent governor is also referred to as His/Her Excellency.
      Members of legislatures.
      Some local officials, such as mayors.

      In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, commissioned Kentucky colonels are considered members of the governor’s staff and his honorary aides-de-camp, and as such are entitled to the style of Honorable as indicated on their commission certificates.

    • 297 yardarm756
      March 14, 2012 at 8:40 pm


  106. 298 Lorraine
    March 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    I gotta go to Bible Study. Chips, please post the video, soon, please please please………

  107. March 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Anna Wintor was at that luncheon for Cameron this afternoon.

  108. March 14, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    who’s the young chick with Harvey Weinstein, his daughter…lol

  109. 305 Linda
    March 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Harvey Weinstein….

  110. March 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Who are the Bryants and why to they seem afraid to enter? He looked terrified and confused.

  111. 307 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I think CA Attorney General Kamala Harris brought her daughter as her guest.

  112. March 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I do feel bad for the military guy who has to tell the guest let’s go. This ain’t a movie premier red carpet. This is a state function so they like things to go off in a timely and structured manner.

  113. 311 CBO
    March 14, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Harvey Weinstein hamming it up for the cameras.

    I almost expect him to start giving an Oscar acceptance speech,thanking the director, the wonderful cast, the Academy, his agent…………..either that, or the music playing him off stage to begin.

    At least he’s giving Obama props to the reporters.

  114. March 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    ooh, who was the dark chocolate fella and his lovely date?

  115. March 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Martin O’M and wifey are here!!! cutie-pie!!!

  116. 314 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Gov O’Malley!!!

  117. March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    This is a very, very smart guest list.

  118. 316 Linda
    March 14, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I wonder why the staff at the door does not dress up a little….

  119. March 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Dick L is here. These repugs are so ridiculous. They talk crap then come to PBO’s house and eat, drink and make merry on his dime. Asses.

    • 319 Ladyhawke
      March 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Lisa, don’t get me started. I was thinking the same thing. Senator Lugar has been such a disappointment. The only area where he showed any leadership was on the START Treaty debate that should not have been a debate. Other than that, he votes in lockstep with the rest of the obstructionist Republican Party in the senate.

    • 320 Bill
      March 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      He and PBO were buddies in the Senate.

      • March 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

        not anymore. in the senate they were on nuclear weapons stuff together, but since then, nothing Dick has done or said has recommended him into my good graces when it comes to PBO. He stands with the rest of his stupid party.

  120. March 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Somebody on twitter said Idris Elba is attending. DID WE MISS HIM??????????????

  121. 330 prettyfoot58
    March 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    dangggggggg missed Woollffee

  122. 331 #1 obama fan
    March 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    First Lady Michelle is absolutely stunning..is she not ? Beautiful navy gown..look at the detail in that dress..the necklace is gorg..Tom Binns perhaps

  123. March 14, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    The Obamas as so cool – lots of black, brown, white, gay, asian, political, movie stars at this party. boy wish i was there!

    • 333 Jewelz
      March 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      I wonder how one get an invite to a State Dinner.

      • 334 anniebella
        March 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

        Jewelz, during the Obamas next four years let’s see if we can fine out how one get’s invite, who know maybe we can get invited. πŸ™‚

    • 335 anniebella
      March 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      aamom, that represent the world. It’s not what you see when you go to a Romney, Newt, Santorum, Paul event, which is all white.

  124. March 14, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I missed Sully, boo-hoo.

  125. 338 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Can’t take my eyes off of FLOTUS’s stunning gown and necklace. I saw Georgina Chapman the designer of Marchesa on C-SPAN and they hinted that FLOTUS was wearing Marchesa? If so…..wow…wow…wow.

  126. March 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    EVENING ALL – Not sure if my comment will show up 3 times or not, having some difficulty posting.

    Anyway, I was looking forward to seeing photos of Mrs Obama for the State Dinner, and she looks beautiful as always!!

    Hope everyone had a great day!!! πŸ™‚

  127. March 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Haven’t been able to comment because word press is mean. Let’s see if this works. My observations—-Michelle Obama’s dress is my fave of any. Simply beautiful and perfect. I love her in deep, solid jewel tones. And I always love my pres. It’s so great to see all those gay and lesbian couples arriving—–it is indeed a brand new day, thank you Obama WH. And I also noticed that a lot of these older, not so attractive gents have managed to snag a very lovely young din partner/mate, not an original observation, I know. And not to be snippy, but Mrs. Cameron, who seems very nice, looks to be on an austerity program also.

  128. March 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Stringer Bell!! Can’t believe Idris Elba was alone?? What the heck??

  129. 349 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Harvey Weinstein is a sweetheart. Says “Of course I support President Obama. I support him 100%. I’m so happy he’s running for re-election and what I really like about him is that he has such huge accomplishments yet he’s so humble.” He’s definitely an Obamacrat.

  130. 352 pinkbunny92
    March 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Testing 2

  131. March 14, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Serious question: I wonder how a country like the UK that is being shoved austerity down its throat will react to seeing its PM being feted at a state dinner?

    • March 14, 2012 at 7:46 pm

      Hmm, not sure LL, but I’d guess it wouldn’t be a big deal for them when it was a dinner being held in his honor abroad, rather than one he hosted himself?

    • 357 Bill
      March 14, 2012 at 7:48 pm

      I think the Brits understand and appreciate the value of such events and will be proud of the relationship between the Obamas and the Camerons.

    • March 14, 2012 at 7:54 pm

      some tool from the UK Guardian wrote about how PBO is “pushing” the wire on protocol. saying that Cameron isn’t head of state, but head of government and therefore shouldn’t get a state dinner. Douchebag reported that PBO circumvented that protocol by saying that Cameron is here on state business and as such would be a the state dinner. Hm! these people pick at everything.—— heard it on Martin today (i think).

  132. March 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Oooops, I think SC’s feet hurt πŸ˜•

  133. 369 0388jojothecat
    March 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    I hoped this worked! I have been trying to log on for the past half hour (not very computer savvy). I very much enjoyed the pictures and videos of the prime minister at the white house.

  134. March 14, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Meanwhile, a little palate cleanser, Obama tops Santorum and Romney in favorability in a Fox poll.

    “Obama also has a positive approval rating in the Fox poll for the second month in a row, as February was the first time the President was above water on the metic since the summer of 2011.”


  135. March 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I’m sorry, I know this isn’t a fashion blog, but seriously Mrs. Cameron? the color is nice but you didn’t even try. She looks like a sister wife who got splatter with lovely blue paint. 😐

      • 373 donna dem 4 obama
        March 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

        It seems to be when I looked at the closeup on the arm of the dress. I would think that since she is such a tiny lady it wouldn’t take very much to dress her in something trendy and fashionable at a rather reasonable price.

        • March 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

          I agree. She’s a beautiful woman and tends to look like she could care less about fashion. Which is cool, I guess, but people are gonna talk!!

          You’ve seen FLOTUS in person. What size do you think she is? I’m thinking 8 – 10? She looks so much thinner in person.

          • 375 itgurl_29
            March 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

            I agree. I know she’s not bigger than a 12 because certain high end designers she wears don’t even make anything bigger than a 12.

          • March 14, 2012 at 8:00 pm

            she’s been losing weight it looks like. Even in pics and on video you can see the change. All that healthy eating and exercising. she practices what she preaches. Love her.

            • March 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

              She’s definitely lengthened her torso, like she’s been doing pilates or something. She looks better than she ever has. Amazing.

              • 378 donna dem 4 obama
                March 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

                The thing about her is that her top portion (arms, waist and bust line) are very small. She is probably a 6 on the top half of her body and the lower half is no more than an 8/10. Most people think she is larger because they see her on TV and it makes her look bigger than she really is. As I told you when I saw her in person last year that was the thing that fascinated me the most about her. She is stunning in person. Tall, and lean and simply beautiful. Gorgeous skin, hair and nails to die for.

            • March 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

              Yup, I noticed it today again in one of the posts below. She has slimmed down or tightened up – one of those.

              • 380 Frenchie08
                March 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm

                When I introduced the First Lady, I got a hug from her. Her waist is sooooo tiny and soooo toned. I wear a 10-12 and trust me, she is thinner than me! I would say she wears an 8. In an expensive dress, I would not doubt she wears a 6. In her case the TV does add 10 pounds. TV nor photos do this woman justice. She is just stunning up close!

    • 382 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      Maybe it looks better in person.

    • 383 Jewelz
      March 14, 2012 at 7:47 pm

      She’s never been a fashion trendsetter.

    • 385 itgurl_29
      March 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      Not a fan of her gown. FLOTUS’s dress is very simple elegance. I think Mrs. Cameron was going for that look as well but ended up with something dowdy. I like the colors, but the print, the fabric, and the shape is not very attractive.

    • March 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      well, she graciously didn’t upstage Flotus. Mrs. Cameron is still a very lovely woman.

    • 389 pinkbunny92
      March 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      You know I hesitated, because I didn’t want to come off catty…But I thought the same thing as well! At first I thought she was wearing a curtain fabric! Or Laura Ashley gone bad! πŸ˜€

    • March 14, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      I think their tastes are different over there. And more conservative. She has to hob nob with royalty, dukes, duchesses and all that old fuddy duddy money.

  136. March 14, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    I was having the same problem with word press so finally I logged off and logged back in.
    So I rewind my dvr and I still don’t see Idris?

  137. 395 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    FLOTUS is indeed wearing Marchesa.

  138. 403 ber6964
    March 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Just checking…..

  139. March 14, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Ok, why am I not getting the comment response notification now that I went to all this trouble to log into WP? I want my button!

  140. 407 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    So I missed Clooney on Hardball. First time I’ve wanted to watch Harball since POTUS was on there in 2007 for the college tour.

  141. March 14, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Chips you are gonna have to find that clip of Idris Elba arriving at State Dinner, or I’m gonna have to rend my garments asunder and wail at the heavens til I see it.


  142. 411 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Well, the WH feed and C-SPAN have gone bye-bye. CNN is the only one still showing the entrance with the reporters and cameras.

    • March 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      I think CNN is about to get cut off as the staff are trying to bring in the talent for the evening and they’re not supposed to shoot this part. But the guy says he’s the the pool for the evening so doesn’t want to leave. Looks like they’re trying to make a decision as what to do.

  143. March 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Oh what an awesome dress… love this color, especially on FLOTUS, very dramatic… and the beads.. she gives us beaders a lot of inspiration πŸ™‚

  144. March 14, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Ugh, hate Halperin, but he has a vid up of Romney on FOX News. He characterized it as a “testy interview”. Is Mitt Romney wearing thinly on FOX News???

  145. 428 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    Man oh man oh man. FLOTUS looks wow wow wow wow. J’adore to the nth degree. She knocked it out of the park once again. Keep ’em coming Chips. πŸ˜€

  146. 431 yardarm756
    March 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Wow this thread is smokin’! It’s just dinner and we ain’t invited…..;-)

  147. March 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    They’re waiting for John Legend.

  148. 438 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    HEY – there’s John Legend

  149. 439 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    And that’s all she wrote folks…..

  150. 448 anniebella
    March 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    To change the subject a minute, POTUS pick my North Carolina Tarheels to win the NCAA Basketball Championship. Last time the Tarheels won was in 2009, and POTUS pick them then.So I’m hoping he’s right again..

    • 449 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      Are you a Tarheel too, anniebella!! Wassup, Alumni! Isn’t it nice to see what excellent taste in basketball teams POTUS has?

      That loss to FL State on Sunday hurt me bad, but hey, they got it out of their systems, now it’s on to victory at the big dance!

      GO HEELS!!!

  151. March 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    So Idris Elba was one of the last guest there. CSPAN cut coverage but CNN and the WH continued? So I missed my hubby Idris..


    • 455 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      I’m with you, lamh35.

      Awwww…I remember that scene from Good Times. Made me cry just like the first time. 😦

  152. March 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm


    The U.S. Army confirmed they would be joining at least 140 other advertisers in pulling their support from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

  153. 459 GGail
    March 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you Chipsticks for providing a warm and loving place for us to gather and share!

    • 461 GGail
      March 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Chipsticks – thanks for posting this. I so admire our First Lady for having the vision to expose young people to the inner workings of the White House and to encourage them to dream big. I enjoyed listening to the two speakers and to the young people’s questions. Now, I’m ready for the dessert…….Chipsticks????

    • 462 idon
      March 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      I love this vid. It just brings tears to my eyes. Can you imagine a First Lady so committed to the development and success of all children. This is such an awesome experience for these young ladies. I’m sure they will never ever forget it.

  154. March 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    At midnight on the 15th, South Korean President Lee, US President Obama welcome implementation of free trade agreement. WOOOOTTT!!

  155. 466 Jessica
    March 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    The more I look at Sarah Cameron’s dress the more confused I get. Why did she wear that. But I must say I had a feeling both First Ladies would wear blue.

  156. 474 Pamela
    March 14, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, beautiful FLOTUS, beautiful POTUS too!

  157. March 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    OK, folks, so heads up. Our 1st quarter fundraising numbers should be released tomorrow. Maybe a leak tonight?

  158. March 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    President Obama was just on American Idol! One of the contestants was preparing to sing “Obama’s song”, “I’m So In Love With You”, and they asked, “Did you see President Obama singing that song?” And so they had a split screen with PBO singing alongside the contestant. The audience went wild—-loud cheering.

  159. March 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Washington β€” The Obama campaign is making the case that President Barack Obama’s decision to save General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group LLC was critical to Ohio’s economic outlook.

    Vice President Joe Biden will speak to United Auto Workers members in Toledo at a union local hall on Thursday to discuss the $85 billion auto bailout.

    Biden, the son of a car dealership manager, has repeatedly said the campaign’s theme this year is “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” Biden said last fall he would concentrate on Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, though he has visited Michigan seven times since taking office.


  160. March 14, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    ok, geez. Sometimes when you are discussing fashion, you are just discussing FASHION. You are not maligning the person’s views, issues, personality or saying they aren’t a nice person.

    You can dislike someone fashion choices without meaning any slight to the person.

  161. March 14, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  162. March 14, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    What in the world? I check my email and it says I have 173 unread. What? And it’s 173 TOD State Dinner emails. At first I thought I did something weird when I had to re-log in and they’re shoveling in a year’s worth of TOD alerts——but it’s all the same one, the current one. Word press is Weird tonight.

    • 493 Bill
      March 14, 2012 at 9:04 pm

      That is funny.

    • 494 Pamela
      March 14, 2012 at 9:48 pm

      At least you are getting email. I have been wrestling with email and settings issues for over 2 hours, pretty much more frustration than I can deal with, I might get off and listen to music for a while until bedtime! Good night all, sweet dreams!

    • 495 yardarm756
      March 14, 2012 at 10:50 pm

      Do like I do. Set up a special folder for TOD alerts and have then routed there instead of your e-mail in-box.

  163. 496 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    The official photo is STUNNING. Even Mrs. Cameron’s dress look better.

    • 497 Pamela
      March 14, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      I suspect up close the dress Mrs. Cameron is wearing is very pretty. The bodice is see through, and the multicolor lace is worked with a little crystal to give it a bit of sparkle. As much as I would love to stand beside FLOTUS, I am certain I would look no less than frumpy and dowdy by comparison!

  164. 498 bjw2
    March 14, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  165. 502 Pamela
    March 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Typed in sapphire blue on google, wikipedia came up with a palate of blues, I feel FLOTUS’ dress is between a cobalt blue and a Yale blue… Sorry I am unable to link you to the page.

  166. 504 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    Yay! Guest arrival picture!!! Thank you Chips!!!

    Kamala Harris, please
    Sully please
    Richard Wolfe please
    Kathleen Sebelius please
    George O’Malley please

  167. 509 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    Chipsticks thanks for posting pictures of other dinner guests. If you see any of Idris Elba, Jonathan Capehart and partner, George Clooney and Richard Wolffe………please please please post. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    • 518 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Great find, dotster! Go to pic #16 and you’ll see Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman — designer of FLOTUS’ Marchesa dress. Ms. Chapman is also wearing a beautiful Marchesa gown.

    • March 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

      Awesome that he’s at the head table. Love George. He’s one-of-a-kind. Didn’t realize the medical trauma he went through a few years ago where he almost kicked it. He’s a love.

    • 520 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Dr. Biden’s looking pretty hot too. She always looks beautiful. She and FLOTUS are the total package!

    • March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

      Jill Biden looks adorable! Like a Charlie’s Angel.

  168. March 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Good Evening everyone!
    Thank you Chips for bringing these Beautiful Pictures:-) They Look Amazing…just when I thought her suit this morning was stunning…She knock it out the park time and time again:-) WOW!!!
    We are so lucky to be represented with class, style and all around Awesomeness:-)

  169. March 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Thx Chips…but…


    Lol. lovely pics though.

  170. 546 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Hey, did yat know Harvey Weinstein’s wife designed FLOTUS’ gown from the dinner tonight?!!

    Michelle Obama wears Marchesa to state dinner
    By SAMANTHA CRITCHELL – AP Fashion Writer

    Michelle Obama chose an off-the-shoulder Marchesa gown for her duties Wednesday night as hostess at a White House state dinner honoring the British prime minister and his wife, David and Samantha Cameron. It was a deep shade of teal in a draped, column silhouette.

    The designer of the gown, Georgina Chapman, and her husband, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, were guests at the affair, but they didn’t know Mrs. Obama was wearing one of Chapman’s designs when they arrived.

    “I’m knocked out!” Weinstein said.Chapman, not surprisingly, also wore Marchesa, which has made its name on Hollywood red carpets. Hers was a draped blue and gray gown with a sheer overlay, and covered in crystal embroidery.

    Mrs. Cameron seemed to get the memo to wear blue too: Her sparkly gown by London-based designer Alessandra Rich featured lace details, a high neck, half sleeves and a belted waist. She had on high black heels from the British retailer Next.

    There’s great interest in what Mrs. Obama wears to big events like this because she’s been touted as a fashion influencer who makes bold choices. On Wednesday, the unexpected piece of her look was the chunky, multistrand silver, turquoise and teal necklace by Tom Binns. Binns also had created the elaborate necklace the first lady wore last year in London when she and the president welcomed the British royals to the American ambassador’s home for a black-tie dinner.

    “First lady Mrs. Obama always looks so chic and modern. I love the addition of texture with the Tom Binns necklace,” said Roksanda Ilincic, who has dressed both Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Cameron.

    Mrs. Obama, in fact, wore a purple dress by Ilincic during that same trip to England

    Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/03/14/2437050/michelle-obama-wears-marchesa.html#storylink=cpy

  171. March 14, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Chips..Your site must be the busiest site on the web tonight!!!

    I had to break down walls…doors..windows just to get after trying for 20 minutes…Phewwwwwwwww!!!

    They keep asking me for my VIP ticket…or if I made reservation…pretty soon will be celebrating 9M:-)


    • March 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      Oh Kasai, I’m sorry you had trouble getting on the site, were you just not able to get in??

      • March 14, 2012 at 9:37 pm

        I think it was just busy…everyone trying to get in at the same time…”Error” try again…when I saw the numbers of comments, I figured it was just busy…
        No worries I am here now:-)….and thank you Chips

  172. 552 isonprize
    March 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    WOW!!! WOW!! WOW!!! Oh My!! I see I’m like, 857th, but I don’t care. Mrs O. looks absolutely stunning!! Wow!!!

  173. March 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Idris Elba…old enough to be his mother, but, oh my!!!

  174. March 14, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    10:55 AM
    Obama delivers remarks on American energy at Prince George’s Community College.
    11:00 AM
    Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event.
    12:30 PM
    Carney briefs the press.
    2:15 PM
    Obama meets with Geithner.
    5:10 PM
    Obama meets with senior advisors.

  175. 566 sabreen60
    March 14, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Chips, you’re doing a magnificent job as usual!!!

    First Lady Obama and President Obama look amazing!!!!

  176. 567 itgurl_29
    March 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    So FLOTUS is sitting next to George Clooney. Married to POTUS and a dinner date with Clooney. Sigh…some girls have all the luck!

    • 568 Jewelz
      March 14, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Where are you guys watching this? Cspan is showing rerun.

    • 570 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      I know that’s right. Go ‘head wit ya bad self, FLOTUS!! I swear she and POTUS make me proud EVERYDAY!!

    • March 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      In this case – I almost think that George Clooney is thinking he’s lucky to be sitting next to Michelle Obama (although, I think she’s feeling pretty lucky, too), and I saw that Valerie Jarrett was nearly blushing under the gaze of George Clooney. Lucky ladies.

  177. March 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    President and Mrs. Obama look so good. God bless them and protect them, and allow them to be with us for four more years.

  178. March 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Chips you have officially made my night.!!!!

  179. March 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Still looking for photos of Kamala Harris, Richard Wolffe, Kathleen Sebelius, George O’Malley and Jonathan Capehart πŸ˜•

    • March 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      Chips, you’re doing an unbelievable job. Everyone is demanding you find a photo of their high school boyfriend :), and you’re doing it! I just have one teeny tiny eensy weensy request—-great photo of VP Joe and Jill should be included—-it’s on the WP website I linked. Thanks so much! You get 5 stars!!! (out of a possible 5)

  180. March 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm


    Thank you so much for this presentation. It means so much, and coming here is like going to a lovely retreat. Thanks for providing it. Good times and bad; this is a great place to be.

  181. 579 geeja
    March 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks Chips for the wonderful update. There is nowhere else I can get this from. You are the best.

  182. March 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    At last, Kathleen!

    U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and her son Ned

  183. March 14, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    OMG, this is too much!

  184. 595 liberallibrarian719
    March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm


  185. 599 donna dem 4 obama
    March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    A Thank You for Obama’s Donors, Dinner With Clooney and Cameron

    Rock stars, Hollywood celebrities, and senior White House officials will all be in attendance at Wednesday’s state dinner, where President Obama will fete the British prime minister, David Cameron, on the occasion of Mr. Cameron’s visit to the United States.

    And so will be more than two dozen of Mr. Obama’s top donors, some of whom have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for his re-election campaign and for the Democratic National Committee.


  186. 600 bjw2
    March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Well since POTUS is taken I will take a George and Idris sandwich please.

  187. 602 LDS
    March 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Ms. Chips, thank you for my front row seat tonight. The excitement and the comments keeps you wanting more and more. FLOTUS sure knows how to wear a gown,suit pants, accessories, makeup, pop off shoes, gloves, broach…….you name it. She wears it. It does not wears her.
    And talk about filling out a gown with curves, that is a perfect fit from top to bottom.

    Is there any wonder POB sings to her? They really look finer than fine tonight. That blue compliments her skin so nicely. Thank you for a wonderful evening, Ms. Chips and alll

  188. 606 isonprize
    March 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm


    Oh My G ____________________________________________________________

    • 607 anniebella
      March 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

      isonprize, sorry but Idris is mines.

    • 608 isonprize
      March 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Need smelling sal__________________________________________

    • 609 donna dem 4 obama
      March 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      I’m not gonna look at that picture any more tonight. It’s a little too much.

    • 610 hopefruit2
      March 14, 2012 at 10:00 pm

      Sorry y’all. But Idris just sent me text saying that he only has eyes for hopefruit2 and no one else. He says he can’t wait for the dinner to be over so he can hurry on to come pick me up so we can take a long walk in the moonlit park. He says that izonprize and donna must stop fainting over him. He says to tell Chips and all the TODers “hello” and keep up the good work on TOD.

      • 611 donna dem 4 obama
        March 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        Since my hubby says I’m not allowed to go out and “play” with Idris I guess if I have to give him up I would want it to be to a TOD sister. Its probably the most unselfish thing that I will ever do. πŸ˜‰

  189. March 14, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    … with Valerie Jarrett

  190. 620 Rita
    March 14, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    OMG!! The Earl of Grantham and Soames Forsyte are in attendance!!!

  191. 622 prettyfoot58
    March 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Eszra Klein is subbin for Rachel tonight….he is a nerd but he is a cute nerd with nice eyes….

    • 623 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 10:05 pm

      I like him!

    • 624 hopefruit2
      March 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

      Yes he’s cute but much to my disappointment he opened the show with a segment on Romney’s losses last night which he spun mightily by boosting Romney and comparing Romney’s campaign to PBO’s in 2008. I called BS on that. The MSM is now on a mission to boost Romney after his humiliating defeat last night by shifting the goalposts from states won to # of delegates. So now according to the media, the GOP race is all about delegates and nothing else matters. While it is true that it’s the # of delegates that ultimately determines who gets the nomination, the fact that Romney just can’t seem to win the deep south which holds the GOP base is BAD news for him. In 2008, PBO had won several blue states in the primary, and he had a much stronger opponent than Rick Santorum and Mankini. The bulk of Romney’s delegates are coming from liberal and moderate states that PBO is already outpolling him in. Like we’re so stupid we don’t see what this media trying to do.

      • 625 prettyfoot58
        March 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

        i did not see the segment..but i think that Romney is a flawed candidate that is not conservative enought to appeal to the rabid base…

        what do you think would happen if Romney woke up tomorrow…and said to hell with all of this…and quit the race….now that would be game changing,,,,,

  192. 626 proudmemberofglobalzero
    March 14, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    Hi all. Love all the updates. . Just got home from work and it took a while to log on. Very tired so I will post a bit of great news! Two companies are fighting over my husband. Higher pay wins…he loves both companies so that is where he is leaving it4 for now. I was asked to apply for a promotion…very excited…I hope it works out.

    We are so much better than we were 4 years ago!!!

  193. 630 isonprize
    March 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    For the ladies who need an additional fix of my Idris…. Enjoy. LAWD HAVE MERCY….


  194. 634 pinkbunny92
    March 14, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    some more lovely photos!!!

  195. March 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    These pictures are so much fun to look at, it’s just ridiculous. xoxox

  196. March 14, 2012 at 10:09 pm

    • 637 miss pat
      March 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

      Knoller tweeted that? I know he tweets negative stuff so this is surprising.

    • March 14, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      Cameron is exactly right. Out of a very long list of President Obama’s sterling qualities, those 3 are great ones to have, especially for a POTUS. President Obama is such a complete person, so blessed with an abundance of top quality attributes.

    • March 14, 2012 at 11:57 pm

      He forgot about the “decency” characteristic – sadly lacking on the right and in the media.

    • 641 Cha
      March 15, 2012 at 1:11 am

      Thank you for that Tweet on Cameron’s description of POTUS, gobrooklyn! Those are strong qualities of President Obama.

      Exponentially over the gopropaganda candidates since they are in the negative column.

  197. 642 hopefruit2
    March 14, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    CSPAN now airing the dinner speeches live.

  198. 643 Dudette
    March 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Wow! I just looked at the seating chart for the head table and was excited to David Adjaye’s name there! Fantastic British-Tanzanian architect who designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture (POTUS and FLOTUS attended groundbreaking ceremony last month) as well as the Denver MOCA, and the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

    I’m a HUGE fan!

  199. March 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    PM Cameron..is really giving PBO high praise:-)
    Love it

  200. March 14, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Gwen Ifill and Wendell Pierce

  201. 649 aquagranny911
    March 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    I will try this as a test. I have been unable to post comments here tonight. So this is a test, it is only a test, if it was a real comment I would be telling WordPress where to go & how to get there.

    • 650 0388jojothecat
      March 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      You’re not alone ag911. I tried for over a half hour and finally was able to log on and when I did log on, my comment went into purgatory until it was released probably by our Chipsticks. It’s unusally slow too. I am going to say good nite to posting and just look at the lovely pictures and read the comments.

      Thank you Chipsticks..this was a wonderful day for our President and first family hosting the British Prime Minister and his wife. The weather was pretty nice too. Good nite everyone.

  202. 651 utaustinliberal
    March 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    PM Cameron’s toast to PBO just got me choked up. Bless his heart.

  203. March 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and his wife Katie

  204. March 14, 2012 at 10:21 pm

  205. 667 Frenchie08
    March 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Second post on this:

    When I introduced the First Lady, I got a hug from her. Her waist is sooooo tiny and soooo toned. I wear a 10-12 and trust me, she is thinner than me! I would say she wears an 8. In an expensive dress, I would not doubt she wears a 6. In her case the TV does add 10 pounds. TV nor photos do this woman justice. She is just stunning up close!

    • 668 anniebella
      March 14, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      Frenchie08, you know what makes FLOTUS so special, is she see to be a very nice person, a down to earth, kind hearted, loving wife, mother, daughter, and a dam great First Lady. 4 more years.

  206. 669 nospin
    March 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    wow 611 comments to this thread

  207. March 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    I’m grossed out that Antonin Scalia is there. UGH.

  208. March 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Ok, since we’re putting in requests for pictures, I want one of the supposedly smoking hot Mrs. Holder. I’ll accept Atty. Gen. Holder in the picture as well if it’s the price I must pay.

    • 676 Dudette
      March 14, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Look at the pictures that Chips has posted at the top of the thread LL, there’s one of the Holders up there.
      Girlie, has got it going on, for sure. I have GOT to get the gym earlier.

  209. March 14, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Okay everyone, I think it’s time for a new post πŸ˜† (but I’ll keep updating this one if I find new photos of the guests):


  210. 680 Cman
    March 14, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Idris. My man. That is an impeccably fine suit.

  211. 682 mtmarilyn
    March 14, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Wow, I know what everyone it talking about trying to figure out how to check in.

    Thanks for all the commentary tonight. It’s been fun to catch up. I sure love FLOTUS’s dress. She is stunning. Now back to catch up on the whole day.

  212. 683 anniebella
    March 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Good night all.

  213. March 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I loved the dress that Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry’s wife was wearing. It really did her justice. In fact, there were a lot of ladies that were looking lovely. It just seems like there was a good vibe at this dinner – everyone there was happy and ready to have a nice evening. Nice.

  214. 685 vcprezofan2
    March 15, 2012 at 1:11 am

    I’m done (in) finally! Phew! I’ve read all 672 comments while going up and down to see the pictures matching certain comments. My bed is calling very loudly, and if I miss ‘rise & shine’ tomorrow it will be all your collective faults!

    Notwithstanding, a humongous “THANK YOU” to all commenters and to the very sharp and talented Chips Chica for taking me to this my third State Dinner. At this rate I’ll soon learn not only what to wear, but which fork to use for what.

    CC, you did your usual awesome job, and like others have mentioned I truly don’t know what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found you. Even as I write this my prayer is that you are having a restful dream. Sweet dreams! VC

  215. 686 lovingandlaughing
    March 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Oh, Gwen Ifil looked absolutely gorgeous and beautiful! How fun to see her all dressed up!

  216. 687 Titti
    March 15, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Wow is this a record for number of comments?! Way to go guys and thanks Chips for this feast. It’ll take several tea/smoke breaks to get through this. First Lady does it again and SamCam is doing SamCam. Must thank the Os for taking such good care of our PM and his wife. Don’t agree with his politics but I wouldn’t want them to be disrespected in any way when representing the UK.

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