Barack After Dark™: The White House Welcomes French President François Hollande.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Arrival:

 

A member of the color guard holds a French flag as President Barack Obama listens to remarks by President François Hollande of France during the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A member of the color guard holds a French flag as President Barack Obama listens to remarks by President François Hollande of France during the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France at Arrival Ceremony

 

France State Visit Arrival Ceremony

February 11, 2014 | 31:29 |Public Domain

 

President Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, welcome President Hollande of France to the White House for an official state visit.

 

 

 

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The Monticello Visit:

 

President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello

 

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President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France tour Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014 (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and President François Hollande of France visit the Dome Room during a tour of Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville, Va., with Leslie Bowman, president of the Monticello Foundation, Feb. 10, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello (@PeteSouza)

President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello (@PeteSouza)

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Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France After Touring Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

 

 

President Obama and President Hollande Visit Monticello

February 10, 2014 | 8:42 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and President Hollande of France deliver remarks during a tour of Monticello. As the residence of Thomas Jefferson, one of the United States’ earliest envoys to France, Monticello reflects Jefferson’s affection for the people of France, the long-standing relations between our two democracies, and the shared values we hold dear: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

 

 

 

 

President Obama and President Hollande, Joint Presser:

 

Press Conference by President Obama and President Hollande of France

 

President Obama Holds a Press Conference with President Hollande of France

February 11, 2014 | 31:29 |Public Domain

 

President Obama and President Hollande answer questions from the press following their bilateral meeting at the White House.

 

 

 

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Speeches and Remarks/Statements and Releases

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-France Cooperation on Science and Technology

 

FACT SHEET: Student and Youth Exchange Programs between the United States and France

 

FACT SHEET: U.S. Cooperation with France on Protecting the Environment, Building a Clean Energy Economy, and Addressing Climate Change

 

FACT SHEET: U.S.-France Security Cooperation

 

FACT SHEET: United States-France Economic and Commercial Partnership

 

 

Vice President Biden Hosts a Luncheon for President Hollande

February 11, 2014 | 26:05 |Public Domain

 

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry will host a lunch in honor of President Hollande at the Department of State.

 

 

 

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France State Dinner:

 

Remarks by President Obama and President Hollande of France in Exchange of Toasts at State Dinner

 

 

Behind the Scenes: Inside the Kitchen for the France State Dinner

February 11, 2014 | 2:15 |Public Domain

 

Go behind the scenes at the White House as Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses and Assistant Pastry Chef Susan Morrison talk about themes and creations for the France State Dinner.

 

 

 

Hi everyone! It's Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses - we're taking over the White House Instagram to give you a look inside the kitchen as we get ready for tomorrow's State Dinner for France. Thanks for following along. #InsideTheWH -Cris and Bill

Hi everyone! It’s Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses – we’re taking over the White House Instagram to give you a look inside the kitchen as we get ready for tomorrow’s State Dinner for France. Thanks for following along. #InsideTheWH -Cris and Bill

As local as you can get! We're using honey from the White House beehive in a vinaigrette to dress a Winter Garden Salad with mixed radishes and baby carrots. Each season the color of the honey changes. Here you can see the difference between 2012 and 2013. #InsideTheWH -Cris

As local as you can get! We’re using honey from the White House beehive in a vinaigrette to dress a Winter Garden Salad with mixed radishes and baby carrots. Each season the color of the honey changes. Here you can see the difference between 2012 and 2013. #InsideTheWH -Cris

We're using a paint sprayer (previously unused of course) to give a micro-thin layer of chocolate over soft and creamy ganache cake. The bittersweet chocolate comes from Hawaii, and it will be served à la mode with vanilla ice-cream from Pennsylvania. #InsideTheWH -Bill

We’re using a paint sprayer (previously unused of course) to give a micro-thin layer of chocolate over soft and creamy ganache cake. The bittersweet chocolate comes from Hawaii, and it will be served à la mode with vanilla ice-cream from Pennsylvania. #InsideTheWH -Bill

Here's a first look at the Winter Garden Salad that we're serving at tomorrow's State Dinner. The salad features herbs from the White House Kitchen Garden, and the dressing uses honey from the beehive on the South Lawn. #InsideTheWH -Cris

Here’s a first look at the Winter Garden Salad that we’re serving at tomorrow’s State Dinner. The salad features herbs from the White House Kitchen Garden, and the dressing uses honey from the beehive on the South Lawn. #InsideTheWH -Cris

Sugar roses and fleur-de-lis, the official flowers of the United States and France. We made 38 of each - that's more than 1,800 petals! #InsideTheWH -Bill

Sugar roses and fleur-de-lis, the official flowers of the United States and France. We made 38 of each – that’s more than 1,800 petals! #InsideTheWH -Bill

 

President Obama Toasts President Hollande at the France State Dinner

February 11, 2014 | 14:35 |Public Domain

 

President Obama offers a toast at a state dinner in honor of President Hollande of France.

 

 

 

France State Dinner Menu:

 

The France State Dinner Menu

The France State Dinner Menu

 

 

France State Dinner Guest List:

 

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s State Dinner

 

THE WHITE HOUSE

Office of the First Lady

For Immediate Release

February 11, 2014

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s State Dinner

Below is a list of expected attendees at tonight’s State Dinner. Additional details about the State Dinner are available HERE.

THE PRESIDENT and MRS. OBAMA

HIS EXCELLENCY FRANÇOIS HOLLANDE, PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC

Mr. J.J. Abrams, Pacific Palisades, CA

Ms. Katie McGrath

The Honorable Stacey Abrams, House Minority Leader (Georgia)

Mr. Ben Jealous

Ms. Jill Abramson, The New York Times, New York, NY

Mr. William Woodson

Mr. Charles Adams, Jr., Washington, DC

General Keith Alexander, Commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency, and Chief of the Central Security Service

Mrs. Debbie Alexander

Mr. Peter G. Angelos, Baltimore, MD

Mrs. Georgia Angelos

Mr. Kader Arif, Minister Delegate for Veterans Affairs, French Republic

The Honorable Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs

Mr. Geoffrey Boyd Lamb

Ms. Jennifer Bado-Aleman, Gaithersburg, MD

Mr. Frank Skinner

Mr. Caleb Ballew, Huntsville, AL

Mrs. Kourtney Ballew, Huntsville, AL

Mr. Dan Barber, New York, NY

Mr. David Barber

The Honorable Karen Bass, United States Representative (California)

Ms. Barbara Jordan

Mr. Terrence Bean, Portland, OR

Mr. Robert Iwasaki

The Honorable Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs

Mr. Brian Fallon

Mr. Joel Benenson, New York, NY

Mrs. Lisa Benenson, New York, NY

The Honorable Michael Bennet, United States Senator (Colorado)

Ms. Susan Daggett

Mrs. Andrea Bernstein, New York, NY

Mr. Tom Bernstein

Mr. Peter Beshar, Rye, NY

Mrs. Sarah Beshar

The Honorable Steven Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Mrs. Jane Beshear

The Honorable Joseph Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States

Dr. Jill Biden

Mr. Robert Hunter Biden, Washington, DC

Mrs. Kathleen Biden

Ms. Mary J Blige, Saddle River, NJ

Mr. Kendu Isaacs

The Honorable Tony Blinken, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor

The Honorable Evan Ryan, Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Joseph Blount, Miami Beach, FL

Ms. Katherine Blount

Mrs. Nicole Bricq, Minister for Foreign Trade, French Republic

The Honorable William Burns, Deputy Secretary of State

Ms. Lisa Ann Carty

The Honorable Sylvia Burwell, Director of the Office of Management and Budget

Mr. Steve Burwell

The Honorable Eric Cantor, House Majority Leader (United States House of Representatives)

The Honorable Jay Carney, Assistant to the President and Press Secretary

Ms. Claire Shipman

Mr. Jim Chanos, New York, NY

Ms. Crystal A Connors

Mr. Brian Cladoosby, LaConner, WA

Mrs. Nina Cladoosby

The Honorable James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence

Mrs. Susan Clapper

The Honorable Max Cleland, Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission

Mrs. Linda Dean

Mr. Steve Clemons, The Atlantic, Washington, DC

Mr. Andrew Oros

The Honorable David L. Cohen, Philadelphia, PA

Mrs. Rhonda Cohen

The Honorable David Cohen, Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Mrs. Suzy Cohen

Mr. Stephen Colbert, New York, NY

Mrs. Evie Colbert

Ms. Joanna Coles, Cosmopolitan Magazine, New York, NY

Mr. Peter Godwin

Mr. Jason Collins, Los Angeles, CA

Mr. Brunson Green

Mr. Jean-Marie Colombani, JMC Media, French Republic

Mr. Marcello Conviti, Carmat, French Republic

Mr. Bradley Cooper, New York, NY

Ms. Suki Waterhouse

Mr. James Crane, Houston, TX

The Honorable Danielle Crutchfield, Assistant to the President and Director of Scheduling and Advance

The Honorable Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (Maryland)

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings

Mr. Philippe Dauman, New York, NY

Mrs. Deborah Dauman

His Excellency François Delattre, Ambassador of the Republic of France to the U.S.

Mrs. Sophie L’Hélias Delattre

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Diane Dempsey

Mr. Stéphane Distinguin, Cap Digital, French Republic

Dr. Karen Donfried, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs

Mr. Alan Untereiner

The Honorable Mike Donilon, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Trish Donilon

Mr. Roland Du Luart, Senator from Sarthe, President of the Franco-American Friendship Committee, French Republic

Mrs. Shefali Duggal, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Rajat Duggal

Mr. Ken Ehrlich, Westlake Village, CA

Mrs. Harriet Ehrlich

His Excellency Laurent Fabius, Minister for Foreign Affairs, French Republic

Mr. Matthias Fekl, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic

Mrs. Genevière Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and Research, French Republic

Mr. Ken Fisher, Rockville, MD

Mrs. Tammy Fisher

The Honorable Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation

Mrs. Samara Foxx

Mr. Ken Frazier, Whitehouse Station, NJ

Mrs. Andrea Frazier

The Honorable Michael Froman, U.S. Trade Representative

Ms. Nancy Goodman

The Honorable Jason Furman, Chairman, Council of Economic Advisors

Ms. Eve A. Gerber, Washington, DC

Mr. Mark Gallogly, New York, NY

Ms. Elizabeth Strickler

Mr. Pierre Gattaz, President of MEDEF, French Republic

Ms. Thelma Golden, New York, NY

Mr. Duro Olowu

Mr. John Goldman, Atherton, CA

Mrs. Marcia Goldman

Ms. Julianna Goldman, Bloomberg News, New York, NY

Mr. Michael Gottlieb

The Honorable Philip H Gordon, Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region

Mrs. Rachel Gordon

The Honorable Danielle Gray, Assistant to the President and Cabinet Secretary

Ms. Jaunique Sealey

The Honorable Chuck Hagel, Secretary of Defense

Ms. Allyn Hagel

Ms. Laura G Haim, Canal Plus and I-Tele French TV, Washington, DC

Mr. Ara Aprikian

The Honorable William Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee

Mrs. Crissy Haslam

Mr. Samuel Heins, Wayzata, MN

Ms. Stacey Mills

Mr. Jean-Paul Herteman, Safran, French Republic

The Honorable Heather Higginbottom, Deputy Secretary of State

Ambassador Daniel Sepulveda, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and U.S. Coordinator for International Communications and Information Policy

The Honorable Eric Holder, Jr., United States Attorney General

Dr. Sharon Malone

The Honorable John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology

Dr. Patricia Falcone, Associate Director for National Security and International Affairs

Mrs. Laura Holgate, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for WMD Terrorism and Threat Reduction

Dr. Rick Holgate

Mr. Steve Holland, Reuters, Alexandria, VA

Mrs. Lucie Holland

Mr. Jean-Paul Huchon, Paris Region President, French Republic

Mr. Irwin Jacobs, La Jolla, CA

Mrs. Joan Jacobs

Mr. Jean-Marc Janaillac, Transdev, French Republic

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement

Mr. Paul Jean-Ortiz, Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic

The Honorable Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

The Honorable Mike Connor, Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner

The Honorable Jeh Johnson, Secretary of Homeland Security

Dr. Susan DiMarco

The Honorable Kevin Johnson, Mayor of the City of Sacramento

Ms. Michelle Rhee

Mr. Hubert Joly, Richfield, MN

Ms. Natalie Jones, Acting Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State

Justice Elena Kagan, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States

Ms. Mindy Kaling, Universal City, CA

Ms. Jocelyn Leavitt

Ms. Roberta Kaplan, New York, NY

Ms. Rachel Lavine

The Honorable Cody Keenan, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting

Ms. Kristen Bartoloni

The Honorable Patrick F. Kennedy, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State

Ms. M. Elizabeth Swope

The Honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State

The Honorable Leslie Kiernan, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President

Mr. Paul Kiernan

The Honorable Ronald Klain, Chevy Chase, MD

Ms. Monica Medina

Ms. Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund

Mrs. Anne Lauvergeon, Chairwoman of “Innovation 2030” Committee, French Republic

Mr. Jonathan Lavine, Weston, MA

Ms. Emily Lavine

Mr. Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES, French Republic

The Honorable Patrick Leahy, President Pro Tempore (United States Senate)

Mrs. Marcelle Leahy

Mr. Frédéric Lefebvre, Representative of the National Assembly, French Republic

Ms. Corine Lesnes, Le Monde, Paris, France

Mr. John Ruddy

The Honorable Jack Lew, Secretary of the Treasury

Dr. Ruth Schwartz

Dr. Tara Leweling, Director for NATO and European Affairs, National Security Council Staff

Mr. Harun Dogo

Ms. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mt. Kisco, NY

Mr. William Louis-Dreyfus

Mr. Emmanuel Macron, Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, French Republic

Ms. Kathy Manning, Greensboro, NC

Mr. Randall Kaplan

The Honorable Alyssa Mastromonaco, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations

The Honorable Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Mrs. Kari McDonough

Mr. Cappy McGarr, Dallas, TX

Mrs. Janie McGarr

Mr. Raymond McGuire, New York, NY

Ms. Crystal McCrary

The Honorable Brian McKeon, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Executive Secretary and Chief of Staff for the National Security Council Staff

Ms. Lizabeth Tankersley

Mr. Eliseo Medina, La Canada-Flintridge, CA

Ms. Arcelia Rocio Saenz

Ms. Constance Milstein, Washington, DC

Mr. Jehan Christophe de la Haye St. Hilaire

Ms. Nicola Miner, San Francisco, CA

Mr. Robert Mailer Anderson

The Honorable Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Deputy National Security Advisor

Mr. Mark Monaco

The Honorable Ernest Moniz, Secretary of Energy

Mrs. Naomi Moniz

Mr. Bobby Monks, Portland, ME

Mr. Arnaud Montebourg, Minister for Industrial Renewal, French Republic

Mr. Aquilino Morelle, Political Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Pierre Moscovici, Minister for Economy and Finance, French Republic

Mr. Bruce Mosler, New York, NY

Mr. Willard Freeman

The Honorable Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council

Mr. Amit A. Pandya

Mr. Elon Musk, Los Angeles, CA

Mrs. Talulah Musk

Mr. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture, French Republic

Ms. Karen Narasaki, Washington, DC

Mr. Vivek Malhotra

The Honorable Victoria Nuland, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Robert Kagan

The Honorable Michael Nutter, Mayor of the City of Philadelphia

Mrs. Lisa Nutter

Mr. Kevin F. O’Malley, St. Louis, MO

Mrs. Dena O’Malley

Ms. Julie Pace, Associated Press, Washington, DC

Mr. Michael Ferenczy

The Honorable Jennifer Palmieri, Assistant to the President and Communications Director

Mr. James Lyons

Mrs. Fleur Pellerin, Minister Delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy, French Republic

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader (United States House of Representatives)

Mrs. Jacqueline Kenneally

Mr. Fabien Penone, Deputy Diplomatic Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Guillaume Pepy, SNCF, French Republic

The Honorable Tom Perez, Secretary of Labor

Ms. Ann Marie Staudenmaier

The Honorable Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Mr. Richard Plepler, New York, NY

Mrs. Lisa Plepler

The Honorable John Podesta, Counselor to the President

Mrs. Mary Podesta

The Honorable Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative the United Nations

Mr. Cass Sunstein

The Honorable Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce

Mr. Nicholas Pritzker

General Benoît Puga, Military Advisor to the President, French Republic

Mr. Tangi Quéméner, Agence France-Presse, Bethesda, MD

Ms. Anne Porquet

Ms. Azita Raji, Tiburon, CA

Mr. Gary Syman

The Honorable Stephanie C Rawlings-Blake, Mayor of the City of Baltimore

Mr. Kent Blake

The Honorable Ben Rhodes, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

Ms. Ann Norris

The Honorable Steven Ricchetti, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President

Mrs. Amy Ricchetti

The Honorable Susan Rice, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor

Mr. Ian Cameron

Mrs. Claudine Ripert-Landler, Press Advisor, French Republic

Mr. Charles H Rivkin, Washington, DC

Ms. Susan Tolson

Mrs. Rachel Robinson, New York, NY

Mr. Norman Siegel

The Honorable Harold Rogers, United States Representative (Kentucky)

Mrs. Cynthia Rogers

Mr. James Roosevelt, Jr., Cambridge, MA

Mrs. Ann Roosevelt

Mrs. Laura Ross, New York, NY

Mr. James Ross

Mr. Alain Rousset, Aquitaine Region President, French Republic

The Honorable Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative (California)

Mrs. Marie Royce, Washington, DC

The Honorable Kathy Ruemmler, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President, Washington, DC

Ms. Margaret-Angèle Russell, New York, NY

Mr. Robert Kaplan

The Honorable Paul Ryan, United States Representative (Wisconsin)

Mrs. Janna Ryan

Mr. Lee Saunders, Washington, DC

Mrs. Lynne Saunders

Mrs. Barbara Schmidt, Boca Raton, FL

Mr. Richard Schmidt

The Honorable Charles Schumer, United States Senator (New York)

Ms. Iris Weinshall

Mr. Pete Selleck, Greenville, SC

Mrs. Nancy Selleck

The Honorable Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., Counselor to the Secretary of State

Mrs. Maria Shannon

Reverend Alfred Sharpton, New York, NY

Ms. Aisha I. McShaw

Mrs. Beth Shaw, New York, NY

Ms. Rebecca Shaw

The Honorable Wendy Sherman, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Mr. Bruce Stokes

The Honorable Liz Sherwood-Randall, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control

Dr. Jeffrey Randall

The Honorable Peter Shumlin, Governor of the State of Vermont

Ms. Sarah Schmidt

The Honorable David Simas, Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor for Communications and Strategy

Ms. Shauna McCarty

Ms. Liz Simons, Atherton, CA

Mr. Mark Heising

Mrs. Sarah Smiley, Bangor, ME

Commander Dustin Smiley

Mr. Chuck Smith, Jr., Winnetka, IL

Mrs. Melissa Smith

Mr. Keith Smith, Ashland, VA

Mr. Burton Smith

Mr. Michael Smith, Los Angeles, CA

Ms. Natalie Massenet

Ms. Kim Snow, Thorton, PA

Mr. James Snow

Mr. Kenneth Solomon, Pacific Palisades, CA

Mrs. Melissa Solomon

Mr. Arne Sorenson, Bethesda, MD

Mrs. Ruth Sorenson

The Honorable Gene Sperling, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council

Mr. Rick Sperling

Ms. Alexandra Stanton, New York, NY

Ms. Domna Stanton

Mr. Laurent Stefanini, Chief of Protocol, French Republic

Mr. Randall Stephenson, Dallas, TX

Mrs. Lenise Stephenson

Mr. David Stern, New York, NY

Mrs. Dianne Stern

The Honorable Todd Stern, United States Special Envoy for Climate Change

Ms. Jennifer Klein

Mrs. Jane Stetson, Norwich, VT

Mr. Bill Stetson III

Mr. Mark Taplin, Charge d’Affaires ad interim at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France

Ms. Kathy Kavalec

The Honorable Tina Tchen, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady

Mr. Benoit Thieulin, Digital National Committee President, French Republic

Mr. Andrew Tobias, New York, NY

Ms. Marie Brenner

Ms. Cicely Tyson, New York, NY

Mr. Reginald Austin Henry

The Honorable David Wade, Chief of Staff to the Secretary of State

Ms. Elizabeth Alexander

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, United States Representative (Florida)

Mr. Steven Schultz

Mr. Frank White, Jr., Washington, DC

Mr. William Kirk

Ms. Edith Windsor, New York, NY

Ms. Julie Milligan

Mr. Richard Winter, Auriga USA

Mrs. Alexandra Winter

Mr. Jeff Zucker, CNN, New York, NY

Mrs. Caryn Zucker

 

 

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Kasie Coccaro
Kasie Coccaro

February 11, 2014
06:37 PM EST

 

Today, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady welcomed French President François Hollande to the White House during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn at the White House. More than 90 White House Social guests attended the event and documented the arrival through their social media channels using the hashtag #WHSocial. After the ceremony, White House Social guests headed over to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to talk to various administration officials about the arrival ceremony, state visits, and the ways the administration works to engage citizens online.

 

For your chance to attend a White House Social, make sure to follow the White House on TwitterFacebookGoogle+,Tumblr, and Instagram and keep an eye out for upcoming events.

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes at the France State Dinner: See the Menu

 

Megan Slack
Megan Slack

February 11, 2014
05:24 PM EST

 

President François Hollande of France raises a toast with President Barack Obama during the State Dinner on the South LawnPresident François Hollande of France raises a toast with President Barack Obama during the State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

Update: Read President Obama and President Hollande’s remarks in an exchange of toasts at tonight’s state dinner.

 

This evening, the President and Mrs. Obama will host a state dinner in honor of President François Hollande of France. The French State Dinner menu and theme was inspired by the shared history and friendship between the United States and France.

 

White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses have created a menu that features delicacies from across the United States and celebrates the best of American cuisine. The menu incorporates produce grown by farmers across the country and those grown here at the White House in the White House Kitchen Garden.

 

Go behind the scenes in the White House kitchen to see how Chefs Comerford and Yosses prepared for tonight’s meal.

 

 

David Hudson
David Hudson

February 11, 2014
11:57 AM EST

 

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the State Arrival Ceremony for President François Hollande of France on the South Lawn of the White HousePresident Barack Obama delivers remarks during the State Arrival Ceremony for President François Hollande of France on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

This morning, President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the First Lady welcomed French President François Hollande to the White House – the first state visit by a French president in nearly 20 years. Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza is documenting the visit via Instagram, including this morning’s arrival ceremony and activities throughout the day.

 

Follow along on Pete’s Instagram, and over at Storify. And be sure to check out how the White House kitchen prepared for the France State Dinner, which the President and First Lady will host tonight in honor of the visit.

 

 

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  1. […] Barack After Dark™: The White House Welcomes French President François Hollande. […]

  2. Why was my name not on that dinner list? I’m not happy now hehe

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