Obama: Bri­tons ‘look bet­ter’ at state din­ner

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

When it comes to ap­pear­ances at state din­ners, Pres­i­dent Obama is keep­ing score.

Mr. Obama was stand­ing with first lady Michelle Obama on Wed­nes­day night at the White House when their guests of honor, Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron and wife Sa­man­tha, ar­rived for the state din­ner on the South Lawn.

As Mrs. Cameron stepped out of a town car, Mr. Obama com­mented, “very pretty.” Then he turned to his wife and said, “They look bet­ter than us.”

Mrs. Cameron wore a sparkling, dark-blue gown with el­bow-length sleeves, ac­cord­ing to a pool re­porter who at­tended the event. Mrs. Obama wore a sheer, teal, floor­length gown with a short train in back. The pres­i­dent wore a stan­dard tuxedo.

Among the guests at the din­ner were ac­tor Ge­orge Clooney, Vogue mag­a­zine ed­i­tor-in-chief Anna Win­tour, bil­lion­aire War­ren Buf­fett, Supreme Court Jus­tice An­tonin Scalia, for­mer Demo­cratic Na­tional Com­mit­tee Chair­man Terry Mcauliffe, PBS an­chor Gwen Ifill, Bri­tish air­line mogul Richard Bran­son, and Chicago real es­tate and casino mag­nate Neil Bluhm.

A to­tal of 41 guests, in­clud­ing Mr. Bluhm and Ms. Win­tour, are “bundlers” who have each raised hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars or more for Mr. Obama’s re-elec­tion cam­paign.

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