Stars Shine at Obamas’ Second State Dinner

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed Eva Longoria Parker, Beyonce, Jay-Z and other celebs to the White House Wednesday for a state dinner in honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed Eva Longoria Parker, Beyonce, Jay-Z and other celebs to the White House Wednesday for a state dinner in honor of Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala.
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Invitee Eva Longoria-Parker spoke out against Arizona's tough new anti-illegal immigration law while attending Wednesday's state dinner. "You can't have these states doing their own punitive laws," she told The Associated Press.
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George Lopez, who attended the state dinner with wife Ann M. Lopez, joked about stepped-up security at the event to keep out would-be party crashers. "The guy with the glove was nice," Lopez told The Associated Press.
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Oprah's BFF, Gayle King, arrived with Newark Mayor Cory Booker at the White House for the Obamas' second state dinner.
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TV personality Giselle Fernandez donned a red gown for the state dinner.
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Whoopi Goldberg and Thomas Leonardis also attended the four-course state dinner. Goldberg said she used to be invited to the White House frequently during Bill Clinton's presidency. Returning after the Bush years felt like "coming home after a long drought," she told the AP.
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Olympic speed skater Shani Davis was among the list of stars who scored an invitation to the formal dinner.
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New York Jets football heroes D'Brickashaw Ferguson (L) and Mark Sanchez were among the 200 people who scored invites to the Obamas' second state dinner.
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala to the White House for a state dinner. Earlier in the day, Calderon, in a rare rebuke for a foreign leader on U.S. soil, assailed Arizona's tough new immigration law as "discriminatory," a sentiment echoed by Obama during a joint Rose Garden news conference.
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First lady Michelle Obama donned a shimmery blue gown by Peter Soronen, the fourth dress she's worn by the designer.
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Actor Ana Claudia Talancon helped fete Mexican President Felipe Calderon and his wife Margarita Zavala at the state dinner.
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The dinner was new White House social secretary Juliana Smoot's first high profile event. Her predecessor Desiree Rogers had her tenure marred by the security breach of two uninvited guests at the Obamas' first state dinner.
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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, left, sat with actress Eva Longoria Parker at the state dinner.
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A who's who of politicians, department heads and Obama Cabinet members joined celebrities in attending the Obama-hosted state dinner at the White House. Here Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Dr. Sharon Malone arrived together at the soiree.
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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Prisila Rodriguez attended the dinner together.
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U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk brought daughter Elizabeth A. Kirk to the black tied affair.
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Secretary of Transportation Raymond L. LaHood wore a bow-tie to the state dinner.
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Newlyweds Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management and Budget and TV personality Bianna Golodryga arrive for the dinner.
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and husband Paul Pelosi were on hand for the Obamas' second state dinner.
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Morgan Stanley President and CEO James Gorman and Penny Gorman came together for the dinner.
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Larry Summers, director of the National Economic Council, and his daughter Ruth Summers, arrived together for the dinner.
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President Obama toasted Mexican culinary contributions including "the food of the gods -- chocolate."
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President Obama hosted a reception following the Mexico State Dinner in a pavilion on the South Lawn of the White House.
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Mexican President Felipe Calderon toasted the American people for "having a president like Barack Obama and for having a wife and first lady like Michelle Obama," the AP reported.
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A view of a place setting in the East Room of the White House before the state dinner began.
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A staff member sets a table in a tent on the South Lawn of the White House before a state dinner.
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