George Clooney, sitting next to Michelle Obama at the state dinner. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)


For the British, we roll out our most glorious specimen. For the British, we bring out The Clooney.

The purpose of a state dinner is always to cement relationships, celebrate ties, create photo-ops. But diplomatic canoodling reaches a treacly pinnacle when the guests in question are our special friends from across the Pond — as they were at Wednesday’s White House party. . . Read full story of the White House state dinner for Britain, including:

• How “the score at the dinner was Harry Potter:1, Downton Abbey: 2.”

• Who looked “teeny as a human Q-Tip.”

• About the “strong showing of gay power couples.”

• And why President Obama gifted Prime Minister Cameron “a wood- and charcoal-burning Braten 1000 Series Grill.”:

The White House state dinner for the U.K.: Sweet nothings across the pond, 3/15/12

See the complete White House state dinner guest list

Fashion at the White House state dinner for Britain

VIPs at state dinner: George Clooney, Warren Buffett, Carey Mulligan

Who’s at the head table at British state dinner?

No glamour gap between Samantha and Michelle

Michelle Obama’s dress for the British State Dinner at the White House

British state dinner: Menu, performers, guests

David Cameron at White House: “Official visit,” but “state dinner”

President Obama welcomes British Prime Minister Cameron to White House for meetings, state dinner