Leftovers from Wednesday’s White House state dinner for Britain:
• Samantha Cameron has always been a fashion risk taker — one of the few women who didn’t wear a hat to the royal wedding. So did she deliberately show off her bra at the White House? Her Alessandra Rich blue lace gown had a demure panel in front but a sheer back, revealing what looked like a matching blue bra. Hip? Sexy? Inappropriate for a formal state event? Your call.
• The White House didn’t release the names of the American wines served at the dinner (a Bloomberg report speculated the administration is self-conscious after criticism of high-priced bottles served last year). But the names were printed on the table menus, so it was bound to get out. . .
CBS White House correspondent (and serious wine aficionado) Bill Plante reports that the guests drank a 2009 Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle-Fille, a 2008 Leonetti Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley, and a 2007 Iron Horse Vineyards Russian Cuvée. The wines retail for $30-$85, but vineyards typically discount or donate the bottles for a event like this. The White House declined to comment.
• House Speaker John Boehner skipped another state dinner. Boehner, as usual, was invited and, as usual, declined — this time because the House is not in session and he was not in Washington, according to his spokesman.
Read earlier: White House state dinner for Britain: Sweet nothings, across the pond, 3/15/12
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