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Her staff has been on the case since May. No rest for the weary as November looms large in the Obama White House cultural portfolio. Michelle Obama received kudos for her first turn as an international hostess with the G20 heads of state and their spouses. Her choice of a gift for the event was rare and a keepsake. The huge state dinner is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving which makes it doubly rich for grand and gravy leftovers. That Wednesday the president should pardon a turkey - lately the saved pre-poultry birds have dined on some incredible tranquilizers before meeting the president due to some of the wilder pardon photos.
This is what Michelle Obama gave as hostess to the G20 spouses. It is an exclusive porcelain tea set mirroring the Lincoln china in the White House with US national flower (American Beauty Rose) at the bottom of the teacups made by a one hundred year old Illinois company. The little vials of honey and the larger container is honey produced directly from Michelle Obamas world famous Kitchen Garden, Photo courtesy LA Times
In February 2009, the Obamas had a trial run at a high level black-tie event for the US governors. Here they dance in the East Room to Earth Wind & Fire playing live.
Formal arrival ceremony
Prime Minister Singh, President Barack Obama, Mrs. Gusharan Kaur and Mrs. Michelle Obama at the arrival for the working and spouse dinner.
Michelle gives welcoming remarks at the dinner party held on a patio at Rosemont Farms for the G20 spouses. Photo courtesy the White House
UPDATE: The latest Obama State Dinner post is here... State Dinner Tuesday with the Obamas