Some interesting names on the guest list for tonight’s White House state dinner: We wondered the other day if George Clooney’s trip to Capitol Hill today might coincide with a White House dinner date. Indeed, he’s one of the bigger names on a heavily A-list lineup. However, like Hillary Clinton, he’s dateless: No Stacy Keibler in sight. Though his frequent collaborator in advocacy for Sudan, John Prendergast of the Enough Project, is listed separately. (Clooney is also among the VIPs at the head table with the president and first lady.)
Other actors: Hugh Bonneville, who plays the Earl of Grantham on PBS hit “Downton Abbey.”, and Elizabeth McGovern, the American actress who plays his wife. And Idris Elba, the British actor who mastered a Baltimore accent as Stringer Bell on “The Wire, ” which may be even more popular in England than it is here. Also, “Wire” co-star Wendell Pierce, known his advocacy work on behalf of New Orleans recovery. — though it seems he’s there tonight as Gwen Ifill’s escort.
Some corporate superstars as well: Billionaire Warren Buffett, whose secretary was a touchstone in President Obama’s more recent State of the Union address. BET Chair and CEO Debra Lee. Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group businesses. Anna Wintour, longtime editor of Vogue and a major Obama fundraiser, making her second guest appearance at one of his state dinners. Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood impresario with a knack for scooping up Oscars, and his designer wife Georgina Chapman.
Oh, this is interesting: Carey Mulligan, the young Oscar-nominated actress (from “Drive” and “An Education”) is there on the arm of her boyfriend (and rumored fiancé), tonight’s entertainment, Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons. And golf groupies, you may yet have a chance: Young Rory McIroy, the Irish golfer who won the U.S. Open last year, is there not with a girlfriend but with his agent, Conor Ridge.
A fair number of journalists: British-born Richard Wolffe and Andrew Sullivan, and our colleague Jonathan Capehart.
See the complete White House state dinner guest list