Obama's 2nd State Dinner: Viva Mexico!

Calderon the guest of honor at White House shindig
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2010 4:45 AM CDT
Obama's 2nd State Dinner: Viva Mexico!
Mexican President Felipe Calderon and first lady Michelle Obama, right, drink a toast offered by President Obama.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

White House staffers kept a very close eye on the guest list as the Obamas hosted Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife at the second state dinner of the Obama presidency last night. No gatecrashers slipped through this time, and one assistant secretary of state was actually sent home to get proper ID, the AP reports. The 200 guests who made it through after their invitations were triple-checked included Whoopi Goldberg, George Lopez, and Olympic speed skater Shani Davis.

The Mexican duo of Rodrigo y Gabriela, followed by Beyoncé, provided entertainment after a dinner of Oregon wagyu beef with a Oaxacan black molé sauce. "Today is a celebration of the bonds between the United States and Mexico, including the music that brings us together and moves us a little bit and hopefully gets us literally moving on the dance floor at some point," Obama told the guests. (Read more state dinner stories.)

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