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China State Dinner Guest List is Out

>> Updated at 7:19 pm ET

The guest list for tonight’s black tie State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao is out, and it’s relatively light on frivolous people.

Jackie Chan will be on hand, but this may be simply to kick ass if the Salahis show. In addition, Barbara Streisand will be in the house, with husband James Brolin in tow, but that’s because she’s FABULOUS.

Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, and George Schultz have all been plucked from history to attend. Clothing designer Vera Wang will attend, possibly because word is that she put Mrs. Obama into one of her dresses for the evening.

Hillary Clinton will be there because she is secretary of state and she’s bringing Bill, who will be there because he LOVES  being at the White House.

One interesting invite is Jamie Dimon, the JP Morgan chief who was supposedly Obama’s “favorite banker,” then supposedly on the outs with the president as Obama compared bankers to garbage eating rodents, and now is obviously back among the favored.

All of which also begs the question: why is one of the world’s premier human rights abusers and abettors of nuclear proliferation being feted with a State visit? Bush never gave the Chinese president one.

Obama’s supposedly getting “tough” with China, but old habits like kissing the behinds of dictators in the hope that they will behave die hard.

UPDATE: Mrs. Obama isn’t wearing Vera Wang. Vera Wang IS wearing Vera Wang. Christiane Amanpour showed up wearing Armani. And Wendy Murdoch, who is Asian, showed up sans Rupert.

Barbara Streisand on why she was invited: “I worked in a Chinese restaurant.” She enters wearing “lots of diamond necklaces,” according to the pool report.

Below please find the dinner menu. No skimping for Mr. Hu, right down to the lemon sorbet to cleanse the palette after the first course.

I asked a senior White House official about the likelihood that most Americans would not be eating lobster as an appetizer tonight. He said, “Well, let them eat crab.”

Joking, joking.

Dinner Menu

D’Anjou Pear Salad with Farmstead Goat Cheese Fennel, Black Walnuts, and White Balsamic

Poached Maine Lobster Orange Glazed Carrots and Black Trumpet Mushrooms Dumol Chardonnay “Russian River” 2008

Lemon Sorbet

Dry Aged Rib Eye with Buttermilk Crisp Onions Double Stuffed Potatoes and Creamed Spinach Quilceda Creek Cabernet “Columbia Valley” 2005

Old Fashioned Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream Poet’s Leap Riesling “Botrytis” 2008

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28 Responses to China State Dinner Guest List is Out

  1. Schultz?Kissinger?Carter?Clintons? my oh my.
    MrsO is wearing an AlexanderMcQueen red/orange/black swirly designed twisted fabric too long too tight off-the-shoulder frock topped with a multi-colored fringed shawl.
    my oh my.

  2. Lobster? Rib eye? Is that all ya got, White House? Liste, I don’t mean to brag, but I had a bowl of steamed carrots and some baked Cheetos for dinner. Just living the dream of the middle class, y’all.

    Can someone remind me again why Barbara Striesand was there? And why is she still relevant? Because I saw that “Little Fockers” movie, and she should really be in hiding after that debacle. Maybe someone can slip her note with her lemon sorbet and let her know she owes me 9 bucks and 130 minutes of my life back.

    • Back when I went to movies–my sister and I did get our money back twice–we went to the desk and said, “This is awful, can we have a do-over?” They gave us passes. Getting the time back is quite challenging.

      PS I loved the “plucked from history” crack.

  3. I hope Mr.Hu wasn’t too disappointed that he wasn’t served hot dogs, hamburgers, fried chicken, meat loaf or mashed potatoes and gravy. Like when was the last time the guy had a nice bowl of beef stew?

  4. Ah, the trappings of power.

    The super-elite Democrat and Republican “power brokers” sitting down with Hu (I own you) Jintao, for a State Dinner. Screw Israel – China’s OUR friend.

    The cocktail-swilling, golf-playing, cocaine-sniffing, uppercrust freaks always come out for events like this. A list of who’s who of crooks: Henry Kissinger – a man I consider a virus on anybody’s list – comes to ANY WH event. A grotesquely evil gentleman who left our soldiers (not to mention the French) behind in Vietnam and purported to have “peace with honor” when he worked for the freak, Nixon. Clinton, I am not surprised – he’s there to chase tail. Carter: an impotent anti-Semite whose senility and hatred of Israel will shut down the Carter Center (my prediction). Schultz? Not suprised. A rich, elite liberal Republican.

    I have to admit I am VERY suprised Reid called Hu a dictator. Wow. The Marxist, liberal media have chosen to walk VERY slowly away from that comment… I am happy that Boehner chose not to attend (tanning session) and enjoyed Dana Roehrbacher’s comments last night on MSNBC about China.

    SRDEM —-> was Mrs. O wearing Alexander McQueen? I thought it was Vera Wang?

        • Star:

          Very true.

          The power-hungry elites (like Bill and Hill) would never miss a hoe-down like this. Hu represents golden stardom for the liberal elites – a washed Marxism, a stud-sexy style of new Marxism, that is palatable for everyone. As long as camera’s are not thrust into the steaming sweat shops or catch images of Chinese soldiers bayoneting civilians, everythings cool. And since we cling to guns and religion, we would not understand this geopolitical fan dance. Let the elites eat, drink, laugh contemptuously and make small talk. Leave it to them.

          Almost makes you miss the sick randyness and criminality of the Kennedy’s don’t it?

          • And you know what else I think? I think Hu can speak perfectly good English. He probably went back to his room, tore off the tux (no bowtie, I saw) and said, “Where’s the action?” In English! Or maybe…”Good grief, send for takeout.”

          • LOL.

            Keith, I would not be surpised that this site would NOT be targeted for some type of “cleaning by the Chinese Secret Service. I have been on forums and websites that have been hacked by the Chinese when anti-Chinese Communist posts have been made. The next day, the site is down.

            Although China has a very, vibrant economy (and in some respects its capitlism is more laissaz-faire than ours) they are totalitarians.

          • I may be headed for the retraining center–but I don’t think the tanks are coming down my little street in the Great Hated State. Famous last words.