Obamas Host (Crasher-Free) State Dinner

The Obamas hosted Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, for a state dinner on the South Lawn at the White House.

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to attendees during a State Dinner with Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, on the South Lawn of the White House on Tuesday, June 7.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (C) and Angela Merkel (L), chancellor of Germany, are followed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Joachim Sauer, Merkel's husband, as they arrive for a portrait at the White House.
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The first lady and president await the arrival of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer. Merkel would be presented with the 2010 Medal of Freedom at that evening's state dinner.
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(L-R) Joachim Sauer, husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel; First lady Michelle Obama; German Chancellor Angela Merkel; and U.S. President Barack Obama on the North Portico before the state dinner.
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President Obama said he and Merkel agreed that the debt crisis in Europe "cannot be allowed to put the global economic recovery at risk."
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This is the first official visit by a European leader to the White House since Obama became president.
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On the North Portico before the state dinner.
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Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and his wife, Carole Geithner, arrive at the White House.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her husband Paul Pelosi arrive, in good spirits.
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Singer James Taylor and his wife Caroline Taylor arrive at the White House.
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U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his wife, Jane Roberts, arrive.
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Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and his wife, Sharon Corzine, arrive.
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General Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff of the Army, arrives.
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Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his wife, Elaine L. Chao, arrive.
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U.S. President Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, pose for a photo.
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President Barack Obama toasts with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel during the state dinner on the White House grounds.
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the state dinner. Obama said he and Merkel agreed that the debt crisis in Europe "cannot be allowed to put the global economic recovery at risk."
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell listens as Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, speaks during the dinner.
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Musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra perform during the state dinner.
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The state dinner took place on the South Lawn at the White House.
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Attendees dined outdoors during the warm evening, and nary a party crasher was spotted.
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