Vera Wang, Yo-Yo Ma and Jackie Chan were among the guests at President Barack Obama’s state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Chinese Americans Vera Wang, Michelle Kwan, Yo-Yo Ma and Jackie Chan were among those in attendance at President Barack Obama’s state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao.
As is tradition, the two presidents toasted one another during the event.
“In recent years, particularly over the past two years since President Obama took office, China- U.S. relations have made strong headway, thanks to the joint efforts of both sides,” said Hu.
While Hu spoke about similar goals for the countries, the Obama focused on cultural similarities.
“While it’s easy to focus on our differences of culture and perspective," said President Obama, "let us never forget the values that our people share: a reverence for family; the belief that, with education and hard work and with sacrifice, the future is what we make it; and most of all, the desire to give our children a better life.”
Obama also had this to add, “Our National Zoo will continue to dazzle children and visitors with the beloved giant pandas.”
Although 225 guests were invited and attendees were spread out in three rooms in the White House, not everyone invited was present.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky were congressional members whose absence was noticed.
Others who attended included former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, “Law & Order” actor B.D. Wong, Barbra Streisand and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
The first lady wore a stunning gown designed by the late Alexander McQueen.
- Tracy L. Scott