White House Goes Full Bling: Biden's Bougie Bash Leaves No A-Lister Behind!

By Victor Smiroff | Saturday, 13 April 2024 09:30 AM
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In a grand event on Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden hosted a state dinner at the White House in honor of Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

The event was graced by a host of celebrities, including Robert De Niro, Tiffany Chen, and Jeff Bezos, among others.

The President and First Lady Jill Biden entertained over 200 guests in the White House East Room, serving a specially prepared menu featuring house-cured salmon, dry-aged rib-eye steak, and matcha ganache. The guest list was a veritable who's who of Democratic figures, tech industry leaders, and Biden family members.

Robert De Niro, a renowned Hollywood actor and vocal critic of former President Trump, attended the event alongside his girlfriend, Tiffany Chen. Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among the distinguished guests at the top table.

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Tech industry leaders Tim Cook and Jeff Bezos, accompanied by Lauren Sanchez, were present, as was JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon. The political and administrative guest list included Vice President Kamala Harris, Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen.

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Several Biden family members, including granddaughter Naomi and her husband Peter Neal, were present. Labor leaders Shawn Fain, president of United Auto Workers, and United Steelworkers president David McCall, whose unions have endorsed Biden for re-election, were also in attendance.

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Both Biden and Kishida addressed the crowd, expressing their countries' mutual friendship. Kishida, speaking in English, expressed his hope for the "unshakable relationship" between Japan and the US to "boldly go where no one had gone before," quoting the iconic Star Trek phrase.

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Biden, 81, and Kishida, 66, both spoke of their countries' strong bond, formed in the aftermath of the Second World War. "We both remember the choices that were made to forge a friendship," Biden said. "We both remember the hard work, what it has done to find healing."

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The First Lady had transformed the state floor of the White House into a "vibrant spring garden" for the event. The evening's entertainment was provided by musician Paul Simon, who performed two of his major hits, "Graceland" and "Slip Slidin’ Away."

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The state dinner, a significant tool of U.S. diplomacy, is an honor bestowed sparingly and only to America's closest allies. This marks the fifth time Japan has received this honor, reflecting the country's importance in Biden's policy toward the Indo-Pacific region.

Prime Minister Kishida is on an official visit to the U.S. this week, with the state dinner being Biden's first this year.

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