Obamas go Hollywood: Heads of showbiz at first White House state dinner [Updated: photo gallery]
[UPDATE, 8:26 p.m. Nov. 24, 2009: Click here for a photo gallery of the event.]
The Obamas' first state dinner is tonight at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and the seating chart almost reads like an award show ballot.
The crowd will feature Hollywood heavyweights mingled in with journalists and politicians, with the likes of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ari Emanuel, M. Night Shyamalan and Sony Pictures chair Michael Lynton.
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will serenade the first couple -- and guest of honor Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India -- for the tented fete on the South Lawn.
The showbiz types will join the poli-chic including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and (shout out, Madam Planner!) White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers.
The possibilities with a list like this! The Ministry prays Michelle will wear Rodarte, Emanuel and Pelosi can ask Dr. Gupta for tips on stress management, and Shyamalan can try to make nice with the former Dreamworks boys!
The White House is expected to release the full guest list later. Don't think we don't see Oprah Winfrey coming like freight train. If the chat queen gets POTUS near the open bar, she just might be an ambassador by the time her show expires.
-- Matt Donnelly
Photo: Fingers crossed for another fashion touchdown, Michelle! Like the one seen in this epic Tom Binns necklace, with her husband, President Obama, at dinner for the National Governors Association in February.
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