Obama Calderon State Dinner

State dinners are nice, but Obama has spent too much time cozying up to Mexico’s ineffectual authoritarian leader and his cronies—and not enough time helping Mexicans.

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The Obama-Calderon Connection

The Obamas posed with Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala. Both women wore jewel-toned dresses, with Zavala in a fuchsia shade dress from Macario Jiminez and the first lady in a shimmery cobalt single shoulder gown designed by Peter Soronen.

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Desperate Housewife

Mexican-American actress Eva Longoria-Parker honored President Calderon in a one shoulder dark orange gown designed by Reem Acra.

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Speaker of Armani's Fashion House

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi arrived for the state dinner in an ivory Giorgio Armani look with her husband Paul Pelosi on her arm.

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Geek Chic

The Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag donned a dark tuxedo as his girlfriend, TV personality Bianna Golodryga held onto his arm in her high-neck black dress with bright red detailing.

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Oprah's First Lady

Gayle King ditched Oprah Winfrey for Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, to attend the state dinner in yet another dark orange, asymmetrical gown from Carmen Marc Valvo. "We're really good friends,” King insisted to Politico of their relationship.

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Touching Down in D.C.

New York Jets players D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Mark Sanchez ditched their jerseys for some elegant tuxes to celebrate at the White House.

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Captivating in Coral

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder held hands with his wife Dr. Sharon Malone, who wore a deep cut coral halter dress.

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Comic Relief

Mexican-American comedian George Lopez did not leave the jokes at home and smiled for the camera with his wife Ann M. Lopez. "It's exciting," he told Politico. "I'm sitting with the president. They didn't tell me which country."

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New View

Co-host of The View Whoopi Goldberg stepped up her fashion game in a black Chado Ralph Rucci dress as she arrived at the state dinner with producer Thomas Leonardis.

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Teleporting In

Carlos Slim, Chairman and CEO of telecommunications company Telmex, Telcel and America Movil, donned a tuxedo at the state dinner.

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Bringing the Bolo Back

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson dared to wear a bolo tie for the occasion with his wife, Vesta Richardson, who sported a simple black gown with a vibrant shawl.

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A Little Bubbly

First lady Michelle Obama raises her glass of champagne in a toast at the state dinner.

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Toast With the Most

President Obama stood with a glass of water and with Mexico's first lady Margarita Zavala while Calderon offered a toast.

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Perfect Setting

Elegant place settings decorated the tables in the East Room of the White House for the state dinner in Calderon's honor.

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Party in the U.S.A.

Guests settled in for the entertainment portion of the evening.

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La Música

The Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela played their fast-paced, rhythmic guitars.