Despite the twinkling pink lights scattered across the ceiling, showy floral centerpieces and curtains of crystals dressing up the windows, the Obamas’ eighth state dinner, in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, was a somewhat subdued... At just under 200 names, the guest list Tuesday was small for this, the rarest of soirees, and the bold-faced names were few. The in-crowd trickled in about 6:30 p. m. The governor of Hawaii, David Ige, bragged about his chopstick skills: “I’m really good. ” Everyone’s favorite septuagenarian social media star, 78-year-old “Star Trek” alum George Takei, admitted that despite growing up with chopsticks, he wasn’t very good. [RELATED: President Obama and Prime Minister Abe’s state dinner toasts include haiku, “House of Cards,” and talk of long-lasting friendship ]. The whole affair was old hat to Takei. Perhaps that was the night’s most common thread — relaxed and comfy familiarity: Oh, dinner at the White House. I’ve got the receipt from tuxedo rental shop to prove it. When asked how many state dinners he’s attended, former vice president Walter Mondale, looking nowhere near his 87 years, laughed, “I’m not sure. Rhimes, who held a star-studded Democratic National Committee fundraiser at her Los.
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