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Posted at 12:47 AM ET, 06/08/2011

White House state dinner for Germany: Remarkably unremarkable

Smile! President Obama and Chancellor Merkel pose for a photo together at the White House state dinner. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)
Elegant and uber-low-key, the state dinner for German Chancellor Angela Merkel was remarkably unremarkable, without a hint of intrigue or jubilant abandon, devoid of any Hollywood names. No David Hasselhoff, no Heidi Klum, no one who might steal the spotlight from the head table.

There, in the Rose Garden in front of the Oval Office, President Obama and Merkel professed their mutual admiration before 208 guests seated at tables draped in white-sequined cloth. Prior to his toast, Obama awarded the German leader the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States’ highest civilian honor....

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