Obama: ‘We saved the best for last’ at final state dinner
Associated Press ^ | Oct 19, 2016 5:26 AM EDT | Darlene Superville
Posted on 10/19/2016, 7:30:50 AM by Olog-hai
“Bittersweet” was the word of the night, the one often used to describe President Barack Obama’s final State Dinner.
“We saved the best for last,” he said Tuesday as he welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, to the White House.
He wasn’t joking.
The final gala meant everything was big or bigger, from the personality of the guest chef (Mario Batali) who collaborated on the menu to the size of the white tent (huge) on the South Lawn where the soirée was held, to the guest list (nearly 400 people). […]
Obama has held 13 state dinners during nearly eight years in office, two more than President George W. Bush, but fewer than other recent predecessors, according to the White House Historical Association. President Bill Clinton far exceeded both of his successors with 28 dinners during two terms in office. …
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