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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (2R) and his wife Akie Abe (L) pose with US President Barack Obama (R) and US First Lady Michelle Obama (2L) before a state dinner at the White House April 28, 2015 in Washington, DC.    AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

State Dinner Offers New Chef And Chopsticks For The Brave

President Barack Obama’s state dinner for the prime minister of Japan offered guests a new chef, new china and the specter of chopsticks — a daunting challenge for some nervous newcomers, no big deal to others.

04/28/2015

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 22:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the 2015 Governors Dinner in the State Dining Room of the White House February 22, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)

5 Things to Know About White House State Dinners

President Barack Obama has held the fewest number of state dinners since Harry Truman occupied the Oval Office 70 years ago.

04/08/2015

President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande during a welcoming  ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

American Taxpayers Have Shelled Out Nearly $2 Million For State Dinners Under Obama

American taxpayers are opening up their collective wallets to fund White House state dinners.

02/11/2014

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State Dinner Menu: Beef, Caviar and Mary J. Blige

A slab of dry-aged rib eye beef, American caviar and salad representing the first lady’s garden will be on the four-course menu for the elegant state dinner being given by President Barack Obama for French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday.

02/10/2014

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Obama Books John Legend And Mumford & Sons To Play State Dinner

There’s something special for the Obamas and something special for the Camerons in the entertainment lineup for Wednesday’s state dinner for the British prime minister and his wife.

03/14/2012