A state dinner was held for French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sat Hollande betweem them, as he attended alone - following the highly publicized breakup from his “first lady” Valerie Trierweiler, according to a Fox News report on Wednesday. Trierweiler left him after there were tabloid reports of the French president seeing actress Julie Gayet.
The guest list for reportedly the biggest social event of President Obama’s second term, so far, was with a huge number of celebrities and Democratic financial donors, as well as politicians and business persons. Naturally, some of the large donors to Obama's political causes and business icons are one in the same person.
The report asserts that celebrities who were at the affair included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kailing, Bradley Cooper, Stephen Colbert, and non-celebrity yet well-known Obama supporter Al Sharpton. As per usual, approximately 25 of President Obama’s hefty campaign donors and donors to the Democratic Party were in attendance at the chic event, including Irwin Jacobs of Qualcomm Inc. who donated more than $2 million to super PACs that were promoting the president.
Mary J. Blige, an apparent Obama favorite and Obama supporter, sang at the event.
The event with some 350 persons in attendance, was held in a heated pavilion on the South Lawn of the White House. The four-course dinner reportedly was of American cuisine which included dry-aged rib eye beef, Jasper Hill Farm blue cheese, and a creamy ganache cake with a micro-thin layer of chocolate that was put on the cape with a paint sprayer.
Reportedly, Vice President Joe Biden was seated next to star Julia Louis-Dreyfus of the television show “Veep” which is a show about a fictional vice president - suggesting that whoever was in charge of the seating arrangements for the evening has a great sense of humor. They were at the opposite end of the room from the Obamas and Hollande.
Under the Obama administration since 2009, these state dinners have cost from a bit over $200,000 to $575,000, according to the State Department Office of Protocol.