Wednesday, April 25, 2018

State of the State Dinner: MAGA Edition

The Trump’s first State Dinner was held in the State Dining Room, where such affairs were intended to be held, rather than the circus tent constructed on the south lawn for many of the Obama era state dinners.



Trump’s State Dinner for France, Obama’s State Circus for India


And the table setting was boringly classic, left, unlike the Obama’s state dinner for Italy, right which was contemporary pink and green.

Of course you don’t need to erect a tent if you don’t invite half of Hollywood and all of the supportive press corps to break bread with you like they did during the Obama era state dinners:

Screen Capture #187In the media-whore contingency, l-r, Claire Shipman(ABC) and Mr. Claire Shipman (JJ Carney), Gwen Ifill (PBS) [RIP] and date, the honorable Andrew Sullivan (Newsweek/Daily Beast) of Sarah Palin “Trig is not your child” fame, and his current squeeze, Aaron Tone.

Mrs. Trump’s gown was elegant: Chanel black Chantilly lace haute couture gown hand-painted with silver and embroidered with crystal and sequins. There will certainly be much talk of its expense just as there was most certainly none about Lady M’s Naeem Khan gown covered with hand sewn crystals and sequins.


Vogue, compelled to cover the FLOTUS’ gown last night as that is their business, was guardedly non-committal as to its virtue or vice while Elle loved the dress but managed to track down some of the nastier tweets to include in its coverage.

But all in all, the dinner was considered a success:

About 130 guests, seated at round candle-lit tables decorated with bouquets of white flowers, dined on rack of lamb and nectarine tart served on a mix of china settings from the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. After-dinner entertainment (was) courtesy of the Washington National Opera.

Opera? What? No Beyoncé, role model for young girls? Figures, everyone knows Donald Trump is a sexist.

beyonceBeyoncé and her bouncing butt, role model for young girls everywhere

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