WH State Dinner for Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

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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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
March 10, 2016 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
August 2, 2016 Sinapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
October 18, 2016 Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi

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Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy

President Obama will host Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy at the White House for an Official Visit on October 18, 2016.  Prime Minister Renzi’s visit will be an opportunity to celebrate the depth and breadth of our relationship with Italy and exchange views on the future of Europe.  Italy is one of our closest and strongest allies, and we cooperate across a range of shared interests, from addressing climate change and the global refugee crisis to promoting global security and inclusive economic growth.  The President and Mrs. Obama will host Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a State Dinner on the evening of October 18.

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9:00 AM ET
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a State Dinner
South Lawn

9:30 AM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Agnese Landini tour the White House Kitchen Garden
White House Kitchen Garden

10:00 AM ET
First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Agnese Landini attend a special performance by students from a local Turnaround Arts school
Washington, DC

10:05 AM ET
President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi hold a bilateral meeting
The Oval Office

11:40 AM ET
President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi hold a joint press conference
Rose Garden

1:30 PM ET
Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry Hosts a Luncheon in Honor of Prime Minister Renzi
State Department

6:30 PM ET
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini
North Portico

6:40 PM ET
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take an official photo with Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini
Grand Staircase

8:55 PM ET
President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi deliver toasts at the State Dinner
South Lawn

10:00 PM ET
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception for Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini
South Lawn

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
host a State Dinner for
Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini
White House

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    Monday, October 17, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    11:25 PM
    President Obama delivers remarks on education
    Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Washington DC

    12:00 PM
    12:45 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    2:00 PM
    2:30 PM
    President Obama, Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden release the Cancer Moonshot Report
    Oval Office

    3:00 PM
    Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden delivers remarks on the “Cancer Moonshot Report”
    South Court Auditorium

    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. October 17, 2016

    Remarks by the President on Education

    Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
    Washington, D.C.

    11:21 A.M. EDT

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello, Bulldogs! (Applause.) Good to see you guys. How’s everybody doing? You all look good. You look good. (Applause.) Hey! How’s everybody?

    Well, it is so nice to see you guys. Everybody have a seat, though. Have a seat. I know you’ve been waiting here a while. Good thing you all had your phones with you. (Applause.) As the father of two teenage daughters, I know the whole time you were just like, “And then he said — girl, I couldn’t believe it.” (Laughter.)

    Anyway, it’s so good to see you. (Applause.) A couple of people I want to acknowledge. First of all, I want to thank our Secretary of Education, who has done outstanding work, John King is in the house. (Applause.) And then, my great friend and former Education Secretary and multiple winner of the three-on-three contest, as well as at the NBA All-Star Game — he can ball — Arne Duncan. (Applause.) We’ve got your mayor, Muriel Bowser is here. Give her a big round of applause. (Applause.) Your representative, Eleanor Holmes Norton. (Applause.) And we are so grateful not only for their service to the country, but the amazing work they’re doing with their philanthropic work and America’s Promise, Colin and Alma Powell. (Applause.)

    So, by now you’ve settled into the new year. Right? Adjusted to classes. You’re preparing for Spirit Week. (Applause.) Learning how to ballroom dance. (Laughter.) I remember having to do that. Getting the nerve to text that cute girl or boy in your English class. (Laughter.) I don’t remember that; we did not have texts. We had to send little notes. And then we used to actually have to go up to somebody if we liked them and talk to them. So that may happen to you someday. (Laughter.) Seniors are looking at colleges, taking tests, filling out all the forms. (Applause.) Malia just went through this, so I know how tough this is for you and for the parents.

    But as I’m winding down my presidency — I was so impressed with Banneker the last time I was here in 2011 that I wanted to come back — (applause) — because you’re an example of a school that’s doing things the right way. And I believe that if you’re going to be able to do whatever you want to do in your lives –- if you want to become a teacher, or a doctor, or start a business, or develop the next great app, or be President — then you’ve got to have great education.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/17/remarks-president-education

    * 10/17/16 FACT SHEET: President Obama Announces High School Graduation Rate Has Reached New High

  3. 9:00 AM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomes Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini, for a State Dinner
    South Lawn

    9:30 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Agnese Landini tour the White House Kitchen Garden
    White House Kitchen Garden

    10:00 AM ET
    First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Agnese Landini attend a special performance by students from a local Turnaround Arts school
    Washington, DC

    10:05 AM ET
    President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi hold a bilateral meeting
    The Oval Office

    11:40 AM ET
    President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi hold a joint press conference
    Rose Garden

    1:30 PM ET
    Vice President Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry Hosts a Luncheon in Honor of Prime Minister Renzi
    State Department

    6:30 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini
    North Portico

    6:40 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama take an official photo with Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini
    Grand Staircase

    8:55 PM ET
    President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi deliver toasts at the State Dinner
    South Lawn

    10:00 PM ET
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosts the State Dinner Reception for Italian Prime Minister Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini
    South Lawn

    • Monday, October 17th

      The White House * 2:30PM ET — The Office of the First Lady will host a press preview in the State Dining Room in advance of the State Dinner in honor of the Official Visit of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Mrs. Agnese Landini, of Italy. There will be an opportunity for photos and video footage of sample place settings, as well as officials on-hand to answer questions on background. Please note that the First Lady will not be in attendance.

    • October 18, 2016
      Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of the Republic of Italy in Arrival Ceremony

      South Grounds

      9:26 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning!

      AUDIENCE: Good morning!

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Buongiorno!

      AUDIENCE: Buongiorno!

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Today is bittersweet for Michelle and I because this marks the final official visit and state dinner of my presidency. But it’s okay. (Laughter.) We saved the best for last. (Applause.) And so on behalf of Michelle and myself, and on behalf of the American people, it is my great honor to welcome, from Italy, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi — (applause) — and Mrs. Agnese Landini . (Applause.)

      As Americans and Italians, we’re here because of each other. America’s Founding Fathers — Washington, Jefferson, Adams — drew inspiration from Cincinnatus, Cicero, Cato. Prime Minister Renzi, you’ve spoken with great emotion about the American soldiers of World War II who liberated Italy so that families like yours could live in freedom. Today, we again pay tribute to all those who risked their lives — and often gave their lives — including the heroes of the Italian Resistance — so that we can stand here today as two free peoples. (Applause.)

      And on a personal level, today is a chance for Michelle and me to reciprocate the incredible warmth and hospitality that the Italian people have shown us on each of our visits to Italy. When, years ago, Michelle and I traveled through Tuscany — back when we didn’t have kids so we could have a really good time. (Laughter.) You remember that? (Laughter.) Then when, in my first term, we brought our daughters to Rome to experience the timeless beauty of the Eternal City. And when Michelle and our daughters and my mother-in-law went to Milan for last year’s Expo. All of which has prompted Malia and Sasha to ask the question posed by generations of visitors to Italy — when can we go back? (Laughter.)

      Of course, this visit also reflects the deep friendship between our two peoples — and the Americans’ love of all things Italian. We love the food. We love the fashion. We love the wine. We love Sophia Loren. (Applause and laughter.) And nowhere does our love for Italy run deeper than among the millions of very proud Italian-Americans, including those who are here today. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/18/remarks-president-obama-and-prime-minister-renzi-republic-italy-arrival

    • October 18, 2016

      Press Conference of President Obama and Prime Minister Renzi of the Republic of Italy

      Rose Garden

      11:44 A.M. EDT

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Please, everybody have a seat. Salve. Once again, I want to welcome Prime Minister Renzi and his delegation back to the White House. As we all saw this morning, Matteo’s English is much better than my Italian. Michelle and I are looking forward to hosting Matteo and Agnese at tonight’s state dinner. But as I believe our Italian friends say — prima il dovere, poi il piacere — (laughter) — which means “first duty, then pleasure.” Tonight’s dinner will be a pleasure. Today, we’re focused on our duties — our work to advance the security and the prosperity of our peoples.

      I want to begin by once again expressing our deep gratitude, as Americans, for the extraordinary alliance with Italy. The United States is lucky to have many strong allies around the world. Few are as strong and as reliable and as capable as Italy. In good times and in bad, we can count on each other. And I want to thank the government and the people of Italy for the hospitality and the generosity they show to the many American military personnel and families who are stationed in Italy, far away from home.

      Matteo, please also know that our thoughts continue to be with the people of Amatrice. And I know that you’re still working closely with local governments there to recover and rebuild from the devastating earthquake that took place this summer.

      In our work together over the past two years, I’ve come to count on Prime Minister Renzi as one of my closest partners and friends on the world stage. By virtue of his progressive vision, his energy, the reforms that he’s pursuing — which are sweeping — the bold vision that he has for Italy and the world, I think Matteo embodies a new generation of leadership, not just for Italy, but also for Europe. And this is critically important because, as I’ve said repeatedly over the last several years, a strong and united and confident and prosperous Europe, anchored in liberal traditions and democracy and rights — that’s a necessity for the United States and it’s a necessity for the world. It’s a strategic interest of ours that we have a successful, united Europe. And today, we focused on a number of key challenges facing Europe, our trans-Atlantic alliance, and the globe.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/10/18/press-conference-president-obama-and-prime-minister-renzi-republic-italy

    • 8:55 PM ET
      President Obama and Italian Prime Minister Renzi deliver toasts at the State Dinner
      South Lawn

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