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White House state dinner for Germany: Flashback to the 1995 Kohl dinner

Bill Clinton and Helmut Kohl in 1995, the same year the White House hosted a state dinner for the then-German chancellor. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

“Kohl was still a portly fellow, to put it mildly, whose Sydney Greenstreetish proportions seemed in danger of dwarfing the not-exactly-diminutive Clinton. Remarked one observer, ‘He looks like he swallowed Kissinger.’”

— from Phil McCombs and Donnie Radcliffe’s Style section report on the last state dinner for Germany, in February 1995. Guests that night included Jesse Helms, Strom Thurmond, Ruth Warrick and Tony Bennett, with a date who “appeared to be approximately a quarter his age.” Read the full story: 1995 state dinner for Germany: At the White House, a familiar face at the table, 2/10/1995

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