Obamas Host (Crasher-Free) State Dinner Published June 8, 2011 • Updated on June 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm The Obamas hosted Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany, for a state dinner on the South Lawn at the White House. 21 photos 1/21 Getty Images 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. 2/21 Getty Images 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. 3/21 Getty Images 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. 4/21 Getty Images (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. 5/21 Getty Images President Obama said he and Merkel agreed that the debt crisis in Europe "cannot be allowed to put the global economic recovery at risk." 6/21 Getty Images This is the first official visit by a European leader to the White House since Obama became president. 7/21 Getty Images On the North Portico before the state dinner. 8/21 Getty Images Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and his wife, Carole Geithner, arrive at the White House. 9/21 Getty Images House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her husband Paul Pelosi arrive, in good spirits. 10/21 Getty Images Singer James Taylor and his wife Caroline Taylor arrive at the White House. 11/21 Getty Images U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and his wife, Jane Roberts, arrive. 12/21 Getty Images Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and his wife, Sharon Corzine, arrive. 13/21 Getty Images General Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff of the Army, arrives. 14/21 Getty Images Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his wife, Elaine L. Chao, arrive. 15/21 Getty Images U.S. President Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, pose for a photo. 16/21 Getty Images President Barack Obama toasts with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel during the state dinner on the White House grounds. 17/21 Getty Images 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." 18/21 Getty Images Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell listens as Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, speaks during the dinner. 19/21 Getty Images Musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra perform during the state dinner. 20/21 Getty Images The state dinner took place on the South Lawn at the White House. 21/21 Getty Images Attendees dined outdoors during the warm evening, and nary a party crasher was spotted. 0 More Photo Galleries Brag on Your Grad: Celebrating 2020 Graduates in DC, Maryland and Virginia Photos: Protests, Unrest in DC Following George Floyd’s Death Protesters, Enraged by Black Americans Killed, Gather Nationwide NBC4-T44 Friday Fun: Show and Tell!