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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are seen before they welcome India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, to the state dinner at the White House. Michelle Obama wore a gold and cream sheath gown and matching shawl by Indian-born designer Naeem Khan. (Nov. 24, 2009)

Obama's first state dinner

President Barack Obama's first state dinner honors India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are seen before they welcome India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, to the state dinner at the White House. Michelle Obama wore a gold and cream sheath gown and matching shawl by Indian-born designer Naeem Khan. (Nov. 24, 2009)

The Obamas' first state dinner gave ample opportunity
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The Obamas' first state dinner gave ample opportunity for name-dropping. The guest list featured A-listers from Hollywood, including directors Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan, and from Washington, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The menu was prepared by chef Marcus Samuelsson of Manhattan's Aquavit restaurant, along with the White House executive chef. Michelle Obama wore a gold and cream sheath gown and matching shawl by Indian-born designer Naeem Khan. (Nov. 24, 2009)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama receive India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, at the North Portico of the White House. (Nov. 24, 2009)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, at the White House. (Nov. 24, 2009)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, to the state dinner. (Nov. 24, 2009)

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President Barack Obama's first state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to show that relations with India is a U.S. priority. The menu was mostly vegetarian in honor of the vegetarian Singh, who was accompanied by his wife, Gursharan Kaur. (Nov. 24, 2009)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcome India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his wife, Gursharan Kaur, to the White House. The elegant evening was the first state dinner of the Obama administration (Nov. 24, 2009)