State dinner: Who's at the head tables?

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009; 10:11 PM

Just as it is when you finally make it past the velvet rope, only to find that there's another, more exclusive VIP room... so it is with the nation's most coveted invitation, a White House state dinner. A few hundred get to attend, but only a handful get to sit with the president and first lady. At Tuesday's dinner for India, some obvious picks for the prime seats -- the prime minister's daughters and a Nobel laureate at Michelle Obama's table -- but also some surprising ones: Hollywood titan David Geffen, and his boyfriend Jeremy Lingvall at President Obama's table. PRESIDENT'S TABLE Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, the wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass) Ambassador to India Tim Roemer Mary Johnston, Roemer's guest (likely a relative of his wife, Sally Johnston Roemer) Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo Speaker Nancy Pelosi Paul Pelosi, her husband David Geffen, the Hollywood titan Jeremy Lingvall, Geffen's boyfriend FIRST LADY'S TABLE Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Amrit Singh, the prime minister's daughter, an ACLU lawyer in New York Upinder Singh, another daughter, a professor at University of Delhi Dr. Amartya Sen, Nobel-prize winning economist, now at Harvard Emma Rothschild, Dr. Sen's wife, economic historian, now at Harvard Gen. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State Alma Powell, his wife Rep. Howard Berman, (D-Calif.) Janis Berman, his wife


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