Bellisima!: The State Dinner For Italy


President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wait to greet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini on the North Portico for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)













President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo as they greet Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini on the North Portico for a State Dinner at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Mrs. Agnese Landini













130 Responses to “Bellisima!: The State Dinner For Italy”

  1. 1 desertflower
    October 19, 2016 at 8:31 am


  2. 6 desertflower
    October 19, 2016 at 8:35 am

    I was so taken by these beautiful photos that I forgot to say Good Morning:) Good morning, TOD!

  3. October 19, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Good Wednesday, Nerdy! Thank you for all the wonderful photos from yesterday’s state visit/dinner.

    Good Morning, TOD Family. Pace yourselves with the political news so as to avoid mental burnout. (Okay, I’m telling myself this.)

    Everyone, enjoy your day!!! 🙂

  4. 11 amk for obama
    October 19, 2016 at 8:39 am

    8 years of grace and intelligence. sigh….

  5. October 19, 2016 at 8:40 am

    • 21 amk for obama
      October 19, 2016 at 8:44 am

      yup, she is winning even with the fricken men. the best part of the poll.

    • 22 99ts
      October 19, 2016 at 9:03 am

      She has run an amazing campaign – against the nominee, the GOP and the media. She achieved what 15? so called senior republicans could not do.

      • October 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

        Exactly…daily proving that she is most qualified to be POTUS/CIC.

        Also have to admire that, with all the attacks, she is not pointing fingers at others — trying to make others scapegoats — like her childish, whiny opponent.

  6. 24 amk for obama
    October 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

    indian coverage.


    caption: Umm, Mr Italian PM just where are you looking? Even Matteo Renzi looks distracted by Michelle’s dazzling gown.

  7. October 19, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Steve Schmidt, telling it like it is…no sugar coating

    • 26 desertflower
      October 19, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Good! Steve seems to be the ONLY Republican pundit willing to be truthful…he has been all along.

      • 27 desertflower
        October 19, 2016 at 8:52 am


          • 30 desertflower
            October 19, 2016 at 9:23 am

            WOW! I don’t keep up with polls…they make me nervous, are subject to me having false hope and I don’t want to be disappointed if she doesn’t win AZ….I have more $ than time this election cycle and have been donating $ rather than time that is in such short supply for me…I’m away from the voices and knowledge at the campaign office….I pray this holds and AZ finally turns blue…at least for the Presidential race…the state races, well…we’ll need to work on those:) Thanks, 99ts….hope this holds, or better yet…gets STRONGER!

            • 31 99ts
              October 19, 2016 at 9:37 am

              I’m so starting to believe there is enough sanity in the US to make this election a wipeout df. Perhaps easier when not so close to home. At this stage I’m just hoping she takes the senate races with her. I do think the stubby fingered abuser will depress the republican vote & I’m so hoping this will help dems further down the ballot.

      • 32 catrst
        October 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

        As long as we don’t get complacent as skip voting because it doesn’t matter. We need every single vote in every state to turn back the toxic tide of the GOP.

  8. 33 Nerdy Wonka
    October 19, 2016 at 8:43 am

    • 34 99ts
      October 19, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Wow and wow – thank you Nerdy for these most fabulous pictures. No words can describe the oasis of joy they bring.

  9. October 19, 2016 at 8:45 am

    Good morning Ms. Chips, Danny and TOD family, I hope all is well with everyone this lovely Wednesday morning. Congrats df, on being first this morning.

    Nerdy, thanks so much for helping Ms. Chips and the sacrifices you are making for us TOD’ers. 💫🙏👌👊❤

    To all, I hope that you show your big-hearted, charitable, and humanitarian disposition today. ❤ ❤ ❤

    Thank God that President Obama is still the President of The United States of America. ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆 ⭐🏆

  10. October 19, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Will need to do the same at home…

  11. October 19, 2016 at 8:48 am

    • 50 jackiegrumbacher
      October 19, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Alycee, if Toomey is knocked out on November 8, I hope I can picture you doing a happy dance because you know I will be! That face of his, along with his supercilious manner have always irritated the heck out of me.

    • 54 99ts
      October 19, 2016 at 9:14 am

      b.s. about low taxes keeping business afloat. Taxes are paid on profit – Why should companies pay no taxes on profit when their employees pay taxes on their incomes.

  12. 55 FoxfireTX
    October 19, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Good morning TOD! Cannot stop looking at photos of FLOTUS from last night. That dress is nothing short of amazing on her. Talk about saving the best for last:-)

    Also impressive was PM Renzi’s toast. In addition to praising Michelle’s speeches, he noted how the Obama presidency was a special time in US history. He refers to him as the “master of renaissance”. It was very touching. I can’t seem to find a clip but will post it when it turns up.

  13. 56 99ts
    October 19, 2016 at 9:04 am

    gm TOD – what a delightful part of Heaven on earth are the President and his Lady. These pictures are such a delight.

  14. 57 Ladyhawke
    October 19, 2016 at 9:06 am

  15. 58 jackiegrumbacher
    October 19, 2016 at 9:09 am

    All the stunning images of our FLOTUS and PBO at their last state dinner leads to the hope that they will be happy and fulfilled in their post-presidency life. They’ve done so much for us and have taken so much disrespect, insults, and carping in return from those who were eaten up by jealousy or spite at their leadership and brilliance. Everything we do to get Hillary elected is partly a gift to the Obamas who will know that their hard work will be carried on by her. I hope with all my heart that they will get renewed energy in their years ahead and do even greater things than they could within the confining limits of the White House. In the meantime, let’s do our best do get HRC a Democratic Congress and House so that all the good that the Obamas have planned for this country can come to pass.

  16. 61 Ladyhawke
    October 19, 2016 at 9:09 am

    All of this ….

  17. 62 amk for obama
    October 19, 2016 at 9:17 am

  18. October 19, 2016 at 9:26 am

  19. October 19, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Good morning TOD!

    You read it hear, first …..



    bbl ….

    • October 19, 2016 at 10:14 am

      I totally agree, Bobfr. He’s going to go after the “elite GOP establishment” who “rigged” his loss. LOLz. What a clown.

    • 66 sjterrid
      October 19, 2016 at 5:18 pm

      Bobfr, I wanted to thank you for all the news you bring here about what’s happening in monsul! It’s a shame and almost criminal that the MSM doesn’t report what’s been happening on the ground there on the fight with ISIS. Most americans have no Idea, and thanks to the media think that we aren’t doing anything.

  20. 67 desertflower
    October 19, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Thanks to BJ for putting this in my head….Perfect. Go Vote.

  21. 68 GGAIL
    October 19, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Good West Coast morning TOD family. NW, thanks for the awesome coverage of the last State Dinner hosted by President & First Lady Obama.
    She is wearing the hell out of that dress!!

  22. October 19, 2016 at 9:39 am

    • October 19, 2016 at 9:40 am

    • 71 amk for obama
      October 19, 2016 at 9:58 am

      I predicted orangegutan’s ceiling will be 35% weeks ago. Still standing by it.

      • 72 57andfemale
        October 19, 2016 at 12:06 pm

        If he does the least bit better in tonight’s debate, the ceiling will be around 40%. There are a lot of stupid Americans who vote the GOP team if at all possible.

        • 73 Obama Grandmama
          October 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm

          I also think the media may boost up The Donald after the debate even if it is just due to his being alive at the end. Then they can talk about the incredible lead Clinton blew at the debate making it a horse race till the end. That is my nightmare scenario. My dream and hope is Clinton clinches it in tonight’s debate and Donald chokes big time.

          • 74 57andfemale
            October 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

            The Trump campaign is trying to turn this into a Jerry Springer episode. They are parading the Benghazi mother who thinks HRC is a murderer; PBO’s crazy Trump-locing half-brother. And the latest I’ve heard is they’re bringing some guy who says he’s Bill Clinton’s love child. Crazy Bannon says there’s more. This is the most destructive force in electoral politics I have ever seen.

            I do hope she holds her own and has another zinger to put this sociopath & all his followers away.

    • 75 99ts
      October 19, 2016 at 10:00 am

      27% approaching 🙂

    • October 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

      And last week I was thinking 42% was his bottom. HAW!!

  23. 82 desertflower
    October 19, 2016 at 9:50 am

    So…are we just too anxious to even THINK about our TOD Halloween Party this year??? Asking for a friend

  24. 83 FoxfireTX
    October 19, 2016 at 9:54 am

    One of the things that has bothered me, and I’ve mentioned here previously, is the actual implications of the Podesta emails. These are STOLEN documents that everyone seems to feel they have a right to have and use. Good article on the long term implications with respect to personal privacy.

    • 84 amk for obama
      October 19, 2016 at 10:02 am

      assange basically has emasculated wiki with his rank stupidity. one year from now, people will be asking wiki who?

  25. 85 amk for obama
    October 19, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Women Are Wavering in Trump County, USA

    In America’s presidential bellwether, Trump still has a lead—but women are peeling off.


    Worth a read. The real ‘silent majority’ will speak up on nov 8th and it will be loud & clear, even to the media morons.

  26. 86 amk for obama
    October 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

  27. 88 amk for obama
    October 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

  28. 89 Allison
    October 19, 2016 at 10:15 am

    Me too!

  29. 90 amk for obama
    October 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

    here is a scampaign where the orangegutan sez one thing and his own ‘party of cowards’ and his ‘veep’ and campaign team sez the exact opposite. and the media (most of it anyways) just stenopgraphs.

  30. October 19, 2016 at 10:25 am

    • October 19, 2016 at 10:27 am

      From the article:
      ~Far too many state lawmakers have concluded that public scrutiny is the culprit when police use force against civilians. The Senate has scheduled votes on whether to shield the identities of police officers who use force and to preclude the public release of any video or audio captured by police body and dashboard cameras.

      Video and audio files are public documents produced by public agencies. They should be treated under the same standards that apply to other public documents, all the more so because police are agents of the state endowed with the authority to use deadly force. Accountability to the public for that level of state power is even more important than for other public agencies.~

      • October 19, 2016 at 11:17 am

        As our state legislature has exempted themselves from the sunshine law, I see they have no problem extending the same opaqueness to the PD. This subject came up last night in the 165th CD debate. If it passes, I hope Wolf will veto.

  31. 94 FoxfireTX
    October 19, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Hillary’s closing message in swing states, nice ad. I’d guess this is what we will see tonight at the debate from her.

  32. 95 FoxfireTX
    October 19, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I’m just hoping that DT stays in the 30’s, I’m guessing he’ll get 38%. Anything below 40 will be a YUUUUUGE loss for the GOP. He could go lower if he keeps up with the rigged election crap. In the end, most likely to depress his voters more than the Hillary voters.

  33. 96 desertflower
    October 19, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Truth, and somehow fitting.

  34. 97 desertflower
    October 19, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Also true. Make Congress BLUE!

  35. October 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Good morning, TODville. We’re almost there……….

    I beg to disagree but I thought this was funny!

  36. October 19, 2016 at 10:49 am

    Stunning at all times.

  37. 100 donna dem 4 obama
    October 19, 2016 at 10:51 am

  38. 101 amk for obama
    October 19, 2016 at 10:53 am

    while the gopee, their racist base and the murkan msm are invested in the racist pos, the chinese are doing this.


  39. 102 donna dem 4 obama
    October 19, 2016 at 10:55 am

  40. October 19, 2016 at 10:59 am

    Michelle could easily be governor of Illinois… At any point in her life… Maybe?

  41. 105 donna dem 4 obama
    October 19, 2016 at 11:12 am

    “Nor, crucially, are the Trumpniks a majority. Polls give every indication that Hillary Clinton is going to beat Trump, just as she beat Bernie Sanders — who also drew larger rally crowds and more think pieces than she did — in the Democratic primary. Clinton crowds aren’t as big, and her voters aren’t as loud or as interesting to the media. But there sure are a lot of them. And it’s about time we acknowledge them and their emergence as a new silent majority that reelected America’s first black president and is poised to elect its first woman.”

    I believe this to be true. When you watch cable they never interview Hillary supporters. They always go find those Trump supporters that will stand by their man no matter what and ignore that Hillary got more votes than anyone in this campaign during the primary and will (hopefully) beat Trump to a pulp this November. That doesn’t fit the medias narrative of the white working class in this country hating their state of affairs (even though our sitting President is very popular) It’s all foolish!

  42. October 19, 2016 at 11:23 am

  43. 110 JER
    October 19, 2016 at 11:30 am

    The Secret Trick to Decoding Everything Donald Trump Says. Here’s what Donald Trump’s myriad slurs, insults, and wacky theories really mean.

    The Closer with Keith Olbermann | GQ

  44. October 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

    YUP ….

    back to work …..

  45. 115 GGail
    October 19, 2016 at 11:44 am

    For you foodies who like hot peppers…

    When consumed, ghost peppers and other superhots provoke extreme reactions. “Your body thinks it’s going to die,” as Louisiana pepper grower Ronald Primeaux told the AP in October. “You’re not going to die.”

    But, demonstrated by a rare though severe incident reported recently in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, superhot peppers can cause bodily harm. A 47-year-old man, unnamed in the case study, attempted a super-spicy feat – eating a hamburger served with a ghost pepper puree – and tore a hole in his esophagus.Ghost peppers were first grown in India, where they are known as bhut jolokia. A seed from the pepper can cause a mouth to smolder for up to a half-hour.
    For the 47-year-old man whose esophagus was damaged, though, ingesting the pepper burger was less a bear chase and closer to an attack. As physicians at the University of California at San Francisco reported in the case study, he consumed the burger and attempted to quench the heat in his mouth with six glasses of water. When that failed the man began to vomit, which gave way to abdominal pain. He dialed emergency help.

    At the emergency department, he received Maalox and painkillers. After his condition worsened, doctors moved him to the operating room, where they discovered a “2.5-cm tear in the distal esophagus,” about one inch, as the case report authors noted. The force of the vomiting and retching led to a rare diagnosis of Boerhaave’s syndrome; these spontaneous tears in the esophagus can be fatal if they are not diagnosed and treated.

    In this case, surgeons were able to repair the man’s throat. “He remained intubated until hospital day 14, began tolerating liquids on hospital day 17,” they wrote, “and was discharged home with a gastric tube in place on hospital day 23.”

    • October 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm

      Thanks, Gail. I have been eating hot peppers all my life. I am so bad now that the only ones that my mouth will taste are ghost peppers. So much so, my friend grows them almost exclusively for me in her backyard. If one is not accustomed to eating peppers that hot, I can see how it can be damaging. Habeneros or Sctoch Bonnets are hot too, but they don’t have the punch that I like.

      Having said that, I will be very mindful of increasing the hot in my food. One ghost pepper does not do the job for me. I have to cook about two or three to get the taste I want. My son eats hot too, not but nearly as I do.

      Thanks for sharing.


  46. 117 JER
    October 19, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Good Morning Everybody.

    Little Girl Avoids Trump Kiss.

  47. 122 JER
    October 19, 2016 at 11:53 am

    LIVE NOW: Rep. Nancy Pelosi Holds News Conference – http://abcnews.go.com/live?stream=6

  48. 123 donna dem 4 obama
    October 19, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    • 124 GGail
      October 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Boy Donna, these pics bring back memories, sad, painful memories, but also memories of Pride and of being a surviving member of the African American race here in America. During the span of these photo’s, we were identified as: Colored, Negro, and Black.

  49. October 19, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    In September, Trump had a 12 point lead over Hillary Clinton. His lead is down to three points following his sex assault allegations.

    According to the co-founder Pulse Poll, this election could be in the hands of the undecided.

  50. October 19, 2016 at 12:55 pm

  51. 130 sjterrid
    October 19, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Nerdy, Thank you so much for this amazing post about the State Dinner for Italy.

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