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State dinners and their notable diners

Few honors rival that of being invited to dine at the White House. Through the years, presidents have used state dinners as a means of bringing dignitaries, celebrities and -- most important -- countries together.

 
 

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The Eisenhowers and the Khrushchevs pose before a state dinner at the White House. Ever the proletarian, Khrushchev refused to wear the aristocratic uniform of white tie and tails. "My husband would just as soon dress that way, too, if I'd let him," said Mamie Eisenhower.


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