FLOTUS donned a gorgeous dress by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan. The dress apparently took 40 people three weeks to custom create for the First Lady.
As the White House prepares for POTUS’ first State Dinner, it’s not international relations with India and guest of honor Dr. Manmohan Singh that are of utmost concern. The media is abuzz about who will show up and what FLOTUS is gonna wear: Will she sport a new hairdo? Show off her blazing guns? Looks like the First Lady has always been a fashion plate, even as a wee lass at her 1984 senior prom.
Word on the street is that Jennifer Hudson will provide some American Idol-style entertainment at the gala event. Other rumored guests: Deepak Chopra, Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bobby Jindal, and Kal Penn. BoL can’t wait to see who else will grace the “red carpet” tonight!
Be sure to catch the live streaming of the State Dinner tonight at 8:15 pm.
The Obamas are getting ready to host their first State Dinner Tuesday night, and all the A-listers have been clamoring for an invite. While the formal guest of honor is Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, we all know people are hungry to rub shoulders with POTUS and FLOTUS!
Because the White House doesn’t have space to accomodate the huge dinner (400 guests!), an enormous tent is being erected in the South Lawn. The White House has been discrete about the invitation list, so BoL figures our invitation was lost in the mail. Rumor is that Kalpenn Modi (better known as Kal Penn or Kumar), resident White House desi, received an invitation–maybe so Singh doesn’t feel lonely?
The dinner is so fancy that the White House invited guest chef Marcus Samuelsson of New York’s Scandinavian restaurant Aquavite to prepare the meal. While the menu is undisclosed, we know one thing–Dr. Singh is vegetarian, so Samuelsson’s specialty below better not be the only option!
Obama celebrated Diwali yesterday, the Hindu Festival of Lights. Although Bush started this White House tradition, Obama is the first prez to attend the actual ceremony, which involved lighting an oil lamp. Guests each received a small box of sweets blessed by the priest. POTUS also signed an executive order that restarted an Advisory Commission and White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. Maybe this is call for Part II of My Name is Khan? BoL’s big question–where was Kal Penn through all this?
Here’s a video of the festivities (begins with a Penn Masala a cappella performance; Obama arrives at 5:06, and the Diwali celebration begins at 13:40).