During his toast to France at a White House state dinner in 2014, President Obama honored French political thinker Alexis de Tocqueville, the nation's history of racial equality, and French wine. (The Washington Post)

“It is true that Americans have come to love all things French — the films, the food, the wine, especially the wine — but most of all we love our French friends because we have stood together for our freedom for more than 200 years.”

–President Obama in a toast to the French President Francois Hollande at the official state dinner held Tuesday on the White House South Lawn.

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