Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Michelle Obama Speaks on State Dinner History and Protocol

Updated with photo from dinner

As usual, Michelle Obama uses tonight's State dinner as an opportunity to teach.
Michelle speaks to young women who are part of the White House Leadership and Mentoring Program on the history and protocol surrounding State and Official Visits. Tonight's dinner is in honor of Prime Minister Singh of India. For details on the din din menu itself, visit ObamaFoodORama. Jennifer Hudson is performing, along with an orchestra directed by Marvin Hamlisch. Slumdog Millionaire's A.R. Rahman is also performing and so is jazz singer Kurt Elling. See Obama's press conference with Singh here. The State dinner will be live streamed here and at cnn.com or whitehouse.gov. See the official guest list here. Author Jhumpa Lahiri will be there, as well as Bobby Jindal, Sanjay Gupta, Thomas Friedman, David Geffen, Katie Couric and Deepak Chopra.

Jennifer Hudson offers a preview: