White House State Dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping

December 12, 1874 King David Kalākaua of Hawai'i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant
December 12, 1874 King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant
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Royal Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Hawai’i

From the Archives: State Dinners at the White House

King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on December 12, 1874 by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant.  In the years that have followed, State Dinners have come to signify the utmost respect for visiting heads of state.  Each State Dinner is an historic event with the power to cement friendships with allies and foster cooperation with warming relations.

Months of meticulous planning go into a State Dinner and thorough research is conducted to celebrate the guest of honor’s country, culture, and favored preferences.  Hallmarks of American culture are also chosen, often by the First Lady.  Together, these considerations are translated into details both large and small, including invitations, menus, guest lists, and entertainment.  The results can be a form of diplomatic dialogue between the host and guest cultures.

For more: http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/index.php?s=%27state+dinner%27

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List of White House State Dinners given by President Barack Obama:

Nov 24, 2009 Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
May 19, 2010 Mexican President Felipe Calderon
Jan 19, 2011 Chinese President Hu Jintao
Jun 7, 2011 German President Angela Merkel
Mar 14, 2012 United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron
Feb 11, 2014 French President François Hollande
Apr 28, 2015 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Sep 25, 2015 Chinese President Xi Jinping

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September 15, 2015
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China

President Obama will host Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the White House for an official State Visit on September 25, 2015. This reciprocates President Obama’s State Visit to China in November 2014.

President Xi’s visit will present an opportunity to expand U.S.-China cooperation on a range of global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual interest, while also enabling President Obama and President Xi to address areas of disagreement constructively.

The President and Mrs. Obama will host President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan at an official State Dinner on the evening of September 25

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Chinese State Dinner

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Thursday, September 25, 2015

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Chinese President Xi Sa and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan to the White House
South Lawn

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
The Oval Office

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a press conference
Rose Garden

First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Liyuan accompanied by students from The Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Washington D.C.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Liyuan delivers remarks
Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington D.C.

President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping deliver toasts at the State Dinner
East Room

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan
State Dining Room

Pres Obama, FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Chinese Pres Xi & hiw wife
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Chinese President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan to the White House for a State Dinner, North Portico, White House

Friday, September 25, 2015
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
host a State Dinner for
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan
White House

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25 thoughts on “White House State Dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping

  1. WH

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Chinese President Xi Sa and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan to the White House
    South Lawn

    10:00 AM
    President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
    The Oval Office

    11:00 AM
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Liyuan accompanied by students from The Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School visit to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo
    Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington D.C.

    First Lady Michelle Obama and Madame Peng Liyuan delivers remarks
    Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington D.C.

    12:00 PM
    President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a joint press conference
    Rose Garden

    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden Participates in a State Luncheon with Chinese President Xi

    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama Delivers Remarks at an Armed Forces Full Honors Retirement Ceremony in Honor of General Martin Dempsey
    Fort Myer, Virginia

    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Chinese President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan to the White House
    North Portico

    8:00 PM
    8:40 PM
    President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping deliver toasts at the State Dinner
    East Room

    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan
    State Dining Room

    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. White House State Dinner

    King David Kalākaua of Hawai’i was the first head of state to be honored with a White House State Dinner on December 12, 1874 by President and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant.  In the years that have followed, State Dinners have come to signify the utmost respect for visiting heads of state.  Each State Dinner is an historic event with the power to cement friendships with allies and foster cooperation with warming relations.

    Months of meticulous planning go into a State Dinner and thorough research is conducted to celebrate the guest of honor’s country, culture, and favored preferences.  Hallmarks of American culture are also chosen, often by the First Lady.  Together, these considerations are translated into details both large and small, including invitations, menus, guest lists, and entertainment.  The results can be a form of diplomatic dialogue between the host and guest cultures.

    For more: http://blogs.archives.gov/prologue/index.php?s=%27state+dinner%27

    • A Look Back at White House State Dinners

      SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 AT 5:42 PM ET BY SANDRA SHIM, MICHAEL LOMIO, JULIA LAURENCE

      Summary: A brief history of the White House state dinners.

      On Friday, September 25, the President and the First Lady will welcome China’s President Xi Jinping as the guest of honor to a White House State Dinner. Earlier that morning, the White House and thousands of guests will greet President Jinping at the Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn.

      In the nineteenth century, the term “State Dinner” was used to denote any affair that honored the President’s Cabinet, Congress, or other dignitaries. However, President Ulysses S. Grant changed the meaning of the term when he welcomed King David Kalakua of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1874. Now, State Dinners are grand affairs hosted by the President to welcome a visiting head of state.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/09/24/look-white-house-state-dinners

    • White House Dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping

      September 15, 2015

      Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China

      President Obama will host Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, at the White House for an official State Visit on September 25, 2015. This reciprocates President Obama’s State Visit to China in November 2014.

      President Xi’s visit will present an opportunity to expand U.S.-China cooperation on a range of global, regional, and bilateral issues of mutual interest, while also enabling President Obama and President Xi to address areas of disagreement constructively.

      The President and Mrs. Obama will host President Xi and Madame Peng Liyuan at an official State Dinner on the evening of September 25

    • September 25, 2015

      Remarks by President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China at Arrival Ceremony

      South Lawn

      9:22 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning. Ni hao. President Xi, Madame Peng, members of the Chinese delegation, on behalf of Michelle and myself, welcome to the White House. And on behalf of the American people, welcome to the United States.

      Across more than two centuries, Americans and Chinese have traded together. Chinese immigrants helped build our railroads and our great cities. The United States is enriched by millions of proud Chinese Americans, including those who join us here this morning. So this visit reflects a history of friendship and cooperation between our two great peoples.

      This is also an opportunity for Michelle and me to reciprocate the hospitality shown to us during our visits to China. Michelle, our daughters and my mother-in-law were warmly welcomed last year as they traveled across the country, as was I when I made a state visit to Beijing. And I’m told that news about Michelle’s trip got some one billion views online. (Laughter.) President Xi, I believe that we are both accustomed to being outshone by our dynamic spouses. (Laughter.)

      As I have said many times, the United States welcomes the rise of a China that is stable, prosperous and peaceful — because that benefits us all. Our work together — to increase our trade, boost the global economy, fight climate change and prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon — shows that when the United States and China work together, it makes our nations and the world more prosperous and more secure.

      Even as our nations cooperate, I believe — and I know you agree — that we must address our differences candidly. The United States will always speak out on behalf of fundamental truths. We believe that nations are more successful and the world makes more progress when our companies compete on a level playing field, when disputes are resolved peacefully, and when the universal human rights of all people are upheld.

      During our multiple visits together, I believe that we have made significant progress in enhancing understanding between our two nations and laying the foundation for continued cooperation.
      President Xi, you’ve spoken of your vision of China’s peaceful development. During my visit to Beijing last year, you said that there were “wide areas” where our two nations “need to and can cooperate with each other.” And I fully agree.

      In fact, I believe that our two great nations, if we work together, have an unmatched ability to shape the course of the century ahead. President Xi, Madame Peng, members of the Chinese delegation — in that spirit, with the eyes and hopes of the world upon us, welcome to the United States of America. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/25/remarks-president-obama-and-president-xi-peoples-republic-china-arrival

    • 10:00 AM ET
      President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping hold a bilateral meeting
      The Oval Office

    • September 25, 2015

      Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady of The People’s Republic of China Madame Peng at Panda-Naming Ceremony

      The National Zoo
      Washington, D.C.

      10:59 A.M. EDT

      MRS. OBAMA: Well, good morning, everyone. I am so thrilled to be here today as we get ready to name the new baby panda. (Applause.) It’s very exciting.

      I want to start by thanking my dear friend, Madame Peng, for joining us. And thank you once again for the warmth and hospitality that you showed my family when we visited China earlier [last] year. We are still talking about our trip, and because of your graciousness and openness, it made our time in your country even more special. So I’m honored to welcome you here.

      I also want to thank Secretary Skorton for his dedication. We welcome you on board. Thank you for your leadership, and thank you for that wonderful introduction. I look forward to working with you in the years to come.

      I also want to recognize Dennis Kelly, as well, for his leadership. The National Zoo has been a favorite of my family. My daughter, Malia, has done several internships here and comes here often, even though you don’t know it. (Laughter.) She is a fan. She can now operate under cover, so she comes and goes and you don’t even know it. (Laughter.) But we are grateful for everything you do to make this a national treasure.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/25/remarks-first-lady-michelle-obama-and-first-lady-peoples-republic-china

      • First ladies [First Lady Michelle Obama and Chinese President’s Wife] name giant panda cub

        9/25/15 11:51 AM EDT By Lydia Wheeler – TheHill

        The National Zoo’s giant panda cub born on Aug. 22 now has a name: Bei Bei.

        First lady Michelle Obama and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan unveiled the name on scrolls in both English and Chinese at the zoo on Friday.

        Peng is accompanying her husband, Chinese President Xi Jinping, on their first state visit to Washington this week.
        The first ladies were visiting the panda house to commemorate over four decades of scientific collaboration between the U.S. and China on giant panda conservation.

        Bei Bei is the surviving cub of the zoo’s female giant panda, Mei Xiang, which gave birth to twin cubs last month. On Twitter, the National Zoo and Smithsonian said the name means “precious, treasure” in Mandarin Chinese.

        For more: http://thehill.com/regulation/254946-first-ladies-name-giant-panda-cub

    • September 25, 2015

      Remarks by President Obama and President Xi of the People’s Republic of China in Joint Press Conference

      Rose Garden

      12:22 P.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. Please have a seat.

      I want to once again welcome President Xi back to the White House. We first hosted him here three years ago when he was Vice President. So this is our sixth meeting. As a result of our efforts, our two nations are working together more closely across a broader range of critical issues — and our cooperation is delivering results, for both our nations and the world.

      Since I took office, American exports to China have nearly doubled and now support nearly one million American jobs. Chinese investment in the United States helps support jobs across our country. We partner to address global challenges, whether it’s promoting nuclear security, combating piracy off the Horn of Africa, encouraging development and reconciliation in Afghanistan, and helping to end the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

      The historic climate change announcements that we made last year in Beijing have encouraged other countries to step up, as well, increasing the prospects for a stronger global agreement this year. And as a member of the P5+1, China was critical to both the sanctions regime that brought Iran to the negotiating table and to the talks that produced the comprehensive deal to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

      So, greater prosperity and greater security — that’s what American and Chinese cooperation can deliver. That’s why I want to say again, the United States welcomes the rise of a China that is peaceful, stable, prosperous, and a responsible player in global affairs. And I’m committed to expanding our cooperation, even as we address disagreements candidly and constructively. That’s what President Xi and I have done on this visit — during our working dinner last night and our meetings today.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/25/remarks-president-obama-and-president-xi-peoples-republic-china-joint

    • 8:40 PM ET
      President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping deliver toasts at the State Dinner
      East Room

  3. Economy in U.S. Picked Up on Consumer Spending, Construction

    September 25, 2015 Shobhana Chandra – bloomberg

    The world’s largest economy expanded more than previously forecast in the second quarter, boosted by gains in consumer spending and construction that may help the U.S. withstand a global slowdown.

    Gross domestic product rose at a 3.9 percent annualized rate, compared with a prior estimate of 3.7 percent, Commerce Department figures showed Friday in Washington. The median forecast of 76 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a 3.7 percent gain.

    Strong hiring, cheaper gasoline and higher home prices will probably sustain household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy. That helps bolster Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s view that the U.S. will overcome any fallout from cooling overseas markets and swings in global financial and commodity markets.

    “Declining energy prices have been a big support, and that was a big windfall for consumers,” said Michael Feroli, chief U.S. economist at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York, who correctly projected the second-quarter expansion. “We’ve been growing above trend, and we think that’ll probably continue for at least the third and fourth quarters.”

    Economists’ forecasts for GDP, the value of all goods and services produced, ranged from 2.7 percent to 4.1 percent.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-09-25/economy-in-u-s-picked-up-on-consumer-spending-construction

    • John Boehner resigns as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

      John Boehner‘s possible replacements in October maybe much more Right-Wing House members Kevin McCarthy (CA-R) or Paul Ryan (WI-R).

      John Boehner will probably pass a short-term government budget before he leaves in October.

      A much more Right-Wing House Speaker would mean much more grid-lock over conservatives issues like funding programs, ObamaCare, etc and less cooperation with President Obama in passing laws that would help the middle class and the under privileged.

    • President Obama answers Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev question on the resignation of the Speaker of the House John Boehner at a joint press conference with Chinese President Xi Jinping

      September 25, 2015

      On John Boehner, I just heard the news as I was coming out of the meeting here, so it took me by surprise. And I took the time prior to this press conference to call John directly and talk to him.

      John Boehner is a good man. He is a patriot. He cares deeply about the House, an institution in which he served for a long time. He cares about his constituents, and he cares about America. We have obviously had a lot of disagreements, and politically we’re at different ends of the spectrum. But I will tell you, he has always conducted himself with courtesy and civility with me. He has kept his word when he made a commitment. He is somebody who has been gracious.

      And I think maybe most importantly, he’s somebody who understands that in government, in governance, you don’t get 100 percent of what you want, but you have to work with people who you disagree with — sometimes strongly — in order to do the people’s business.

      I’m not going to prejudge who the next Speaker will be. That’s something that will have to be worked through in the House. And I will certainly reach out immediately to whoever is the new Speaker to see what his or her ideas are, and how we can make progress in the important issues that America faces.

      The one thing I will say is that my hope is there’s a recognition on the part of the next Speaker — something I think John understood, even though at times it was challenging to bring his caucus along — that we can have significant differences on issues, but that doesn’t mean you shut down the government. That doesn’t mean you risk the full faith and credit of the United States. You don’t invite potential financial crises. You build roads and pass transportation bills. And you do the basic work of governance that ensures that our military is operating and that our national parks are open and that our kids are learning.

      And there’s no weakness in that. That’s what government is in our democracy. You don’t get what you want 100 percent of the time. And so sometimes you take half a loaf; sometimes you take a quarter loaf. And that’s certainly something that I’ve learned here in this office.

      So I’m looking forward to working with the next Speaker. In the meantime, John is not going to leave for another 30 days, so hopefully he feels like getting as much stuff done as he possibly can. And I’ll certainly be looking forward to working with him on that.

      Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/25/remarks-president-obama-and-president-xi-peoples-republic-china-joint

    • How GOP Radicals Made the Speakership Unappealing

      Leaders who try to operate within realistic constraints face certain revolt from insurgents demanding ideological purity.

      Jim Bourg / Reuters

      NORM ORNSTEIN 8:01 AM ET
      The speaker of the House is the first constitutional officer mentioned in the American Constitution, well before the president. In Article 1, Section 5, the Constitution says “The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker.” The Speaker is thus a hugely important and prestigious figure in American life. So why would John Boehner, who wept copiously when he realized on Election Eve 2010 that he was soon to achieve this incredible honor, a lifetime dream, leave in the middle of a term and give it all up?

      There is an immediate answer. Boehner has struggled since he became speaker with an unruly party caucus—a growing collection of Republican lawmakers who are, to put it gently, not interested in the pragmatic realities of policy making in a system of divided and overlapping powers. For the past five years, Boehner has tried to keep his team in check, often giving members leeway to pursue reckless tactics and radical policies, only to rein them in by turning to Democrats for votes after their efforts had turned catastrophic. But that approach was no longer working.

      For more: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/09/how-gop-radicals-made-the-speakership-unappealing/407563/

    • Just when Boehner thought he was out, they pulled him back in

      10/08/15 04:16PM By Steve Benen – maddowblog

      Ordinarily, a Quote of the Day comes from the specific day in which it’s honored, but today’s Quote of the Day was uttered last week. We just didn’t know how important it was until now.

      Speaker John Boehner, who plans to leave office a day before Halloween, told a group of Republican colleagues last week he had an awful nightmare.

      “I had this terrible nightmare last night that I was trying to get out and I couldn’t get out,” the Ohio Republican joked, according to one of his longtime friends, Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). “And a hand came reaching, pulling me.”

      Welcome, John Boehner, to your own personal nightmare.

      At this point, there’s a group of people who want to be Speaker of the House, but they don’t have the support. There’s another group that may have the support, but they don’t want the job.

      And that leaves the current Speaker “trying to get out,” but discovering that he can’t. The plan, obviously, was to have an intra-party election today, when House Republicans were supposed to rally behind Boehner’s chosen successor, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). That would be followed by an Oct. 29 floor vote, and Boehner’s resignation from Congress a day later.

      That plan has now been thrown out the window. Indeed, the Ohio Republican issued a statement this afternoon saying he intends to stick around, indefinitely, until his replacement is elected.

      “We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new Speaker in the coming weeks,” Boehner said.

      And if they don’t? Well, then things start to get a little messy.

      For more: http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/just-when-boehner-thought-he-was-out-they-pulled-him-back

  4. September 25, 2015

    Remarks by the President at Armed Forces Farewell Ceremony for General Martin Dempsey

    Summerhall Field Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
    Fort Myer, Virginia

    3:09 P.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Forty-five years ago — in June of 1970 — a telegram arrived in upstate New York at the home of 18-year-old Marty Dempsey. “Congratulations,” it read, “You are appointed to the West Point Class of 1974…” (Applause.) Marty was honored. But he had just finished high school, and he wasn’t entirely sure he wanted to head off to the Academy. His mother, I’m told, thought different. She urged him to “give it a try for the summer” — which sounds like Beast Barracks meets sleep-away camp. (Laughter.) Sound advice, with a little Irish charm, runs in the Dempsey family.

    Over the decades that followed, he patrolled the Iron Curtain, commanded divisions on desert battlefields, and led America’s soldiers — and more than a few times, he burst into song. And over these last four years, Marty’s wisdom, his vision, and his character have helped lead the greatest fighting force the world has ever known.

    Secretary Carter, Deputy Secretary Work, members of Congress and the Joint Chiefs, service secretaries, men and women of the Defense Department, our armed forces and our military families — it is a deep honor to join you as we pay tribute to a singular leader for our military and our nation, and one of the finest men that I know — General Martin Dempsey. (Applause.)

    A little over four years ago, I tapped Marty to serve as Chief of Staff of the Army. We let him enjoy it — for one day. Then, I asked him to be Chairman. So let me just say, Marty, and more importantly, Deanie, this time I promise, no surprises tomorrow. (Laughter.)

    I chose Marty for these leadership roles because of his moral fiber and his deep commitment to American strength and values. I chose him because of his vision for our military as a more versatile and responsive force. I chose him because he had the steady hand we needed in this moment of transition — as we tackle emerging threats and support so many of our troops as they transition to civilian life. And I’ve seen Marty manage each of these challenges with integrity and foresight and care. But perhaps most of all, I chose Marty because he’s a leader you can trust.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/25/remarks-president-armed-forces-farewell-ceremony-general-martin-dempsey

  5. Weekly Address: Dispose of Your Expired and Unwanted Prescription Drugs

    Remarks of President Barack Obama
    Weekly Address
    The White House

    September 26, 2015

    Hi, everybody. Today, September 26th, is “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.” It’s a day where you can safely, conveniently, and responsibly dispose of expired and unwanted prescription drugs at collection sites in your community.

    Here’s why this matters. More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in car crashes. And most of those deaths aren’t due to drugs like cocaine or heroin – but rather prescription drugs. In 2013 alone, overdoses from prescription pain medications killed more than 16,000 Americans. And most young people who begin misusing prescription drugs don’t buy them in some dark alley – they get them from the medicine cabinet.

    If that’s not a good enough reason to participate in “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” here’s another. Many prescription pain medications belong to the same class of drugs as heroin. In fact, four in five heroin users started out by misusing prescription drugs. And over the course of just one year, between 2013 and 2014, we saw a 33% increase in the number of heroin users.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/09/26/weekly-address-dispose-your-expired-and-unwanted-prescription-drugs

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