Monday, February 10, 2014

Culinary Diplomacy difficulties

Leave it to the French to make culinary diplomacy difficult.  With L’affaire Hollande, the White House is left in a bit of culinary diplomacy trickiness with what to do with the empty seat next to French President Hollande.

There is a second interesting tidbit to the story:
The state dinner has long been one of the most celebrated of presidential affairs, “an event that also showcases global power and influence,” as the White House Historical Association puts it. The first president to have one for a foreign leader was Ulysses S. Grant, who in 1874 feted King David Kalakaua of the Sandwich Islands, now known as Hawaii.
Merci, JB.

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