Presidents have used state dinners as a means of bringing dignitaries, celebrities and countries together.
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," first lady Mamie Eisenhower said. The Washington Post Buy Photo