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November 24, 2009

Marylanders make the scene at Obama's first state dinner

Several prominent Marylanders made the guest list for the toughest ticket in Washington: tonight's first state dinner of President Barack Obama's administration, honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Among those on the list just released by the White House: Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings, an early Obama supporter, and his wife, Maya Rockeymoore.

Joining them will be fellow Maryland Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House majority leader.

The White House erected a large tent on the South Lawn to allow for an expanded guest list of several hundred.

And who's providing the entertainment? Here's how First Lady Michelle Obama explained it, to a group of visiting Washington area students this afternoon:

So who do we have tonight? We've got someone you guys probably know a lot about: Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is going to sing tonight -- yay! But also have A.R. Rahman. He's also an Oscar winner and he helped create some of the music for the film "Slumdog Millionaire." I don't know if you guys got to see that movie -- incredible movie. We're also going to have Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Kurt Elling, who's a Chicago hometown guy and we're pleased to have him. And we're also going to have the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch, who's one of the greatest composers in this country.

A number of prominent Indian Americans were on the guest list, including alternative medicine pioneer Deepak Chopra. There was more than a smattering of Hollywood glamor, including actress Alfre Woodard and media moguls Steven Spielberg and David Geffen.

From the realm of journalism, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, an editor at the Washington Post, and New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, a onetime golfing partner of Obama's, and their wives were invited.

Also, CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who had been under consideration for a top administration post as surgeon general and other network TV news stars, including Katie Couric of CBS, Robin Roberts of ABC and Brian Williams of NBC.

The president invited his mother-in-law, Mrs. Marian Robinson, as well as retired Gen. Colin Powell and his wife Alma.

Also expected: Baltimore-born House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and her husband, Paul Pelosi

A complete list of invited guests, as released by the White House, follows:

The President & First Lady Michelle Obama

Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister, India & Ms. Gursharan Kaur

The Honorable (Rep) Gary Ackerman, United States Representative

Mr. Sant Singh Chatwal (Guest)

His Excellency Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Mukesh D Ambani

Mr. Tim Dutta (Spouse of Ms. Pia Awal)

The Honorable (Mr.) David Axelrod, White House Communications

Mrs. Susan Axelrod

Ms. Preeta Bansal, OMB - General Counsel

The Honorable (Ms.) Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council

Mr. Marland E. Buckner

The Honorable (Rep.) Howard Berman, United States Representative (D/California)

Mrs. Jane Berman, Spouse of United States Representative (D/California)

Mr. Om Prakash Bhatt

Mr. Hunter Biden

Mrs. Kathleen Biden

The Honorable (Vice President) Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States

Dr. Jill Biden

Mr. Robert O Blake, Jr., Assistant Sec for South and Central Asian Affairs, State Department

Mrs. Sofia Blake

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York, NY

Ms. Diana Taylor

The Honorable (Mr.) John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Deputy National Security Advisor for Counterterrorism, Homeland Security Council

Mrs. Katherine Brennan

The Honorable (Ms.) Lisa Brown, Office of Staff Secretary

Mr. Kevin Cullen

Mr. Donald Browne

Ms. Maria Junqera

The Honorable (Ms.) Carol Browner, Energy and Climate Change

The Honorable (Mr.) Tom Downey

Mr. William Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State

Ms. Lisa Carty

General James E Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Sandee Cartwright

The Honorable (Senator) Bob Casey, United States Senator (D/Pennsylvania)

Mrs. Terese Casey, United States Senate Spouse (D/Pennsylvania)

Mr. Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Mrs. Julie Chandrasekaran

Mr. I.S. Chaturvedi, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Senator Satveer Chaudhry, State Senator

Colonel Ravi Chaudhry (Guest)

Ms. Rohini Chopra

Mr. Deepak Chopra

Mrs. Rita Chopra

The Honorable (Secretary) Steven Chu, Secretary of the Department of Energy

Mrs. Jean Chu

The Honorable (Secretary) Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State

The Honorable (Rep.) James E. Clyburn, United States Representative (D/South Carolina)

Mrs. Emily Clyburn

The Honorable (Senator) Kent Conrad, United States Senator (D/North Dakota)

Ms. Lucy Calutti, United States Senate Spouse (D/North Dakota)

Mr. David Cote

Ms. Katie Couric

Mr. Brooks L Perlin

Mr. Greg Craig, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President

Mrs. Margaret D Craig

Mrs. Paula Crown

Mr. Jim Crown

The Honorable (Rep.) Elijah Cummings, United States Representative (D/Maryland)

Mrs. Maya Rockeymoore

Senator Swati Dandekar, State Senator

Mr. Arvind Dandekar

Mr. Rajesh De, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice

Nancy Ann DeParle, Office of Health Reform

Mr. Jason P DeParle

Ms. Bhairavi Desai

Javaid Tariq

Dr. Vishakha N. Desai

Robert Oxman

The Honorable (Senator) Chris Dodd, United States Senator (D/Connecticut)

Mrs. Jackie Clegg Dodd

Mr. John Doerr

The Honorable (Mr.) Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President, Deputy National Security Advisor, NSC

Ms. Cathy Russell

The Honorable Anita Dunn, White House Communications Director

Mr. Bob Bauer

Mr. Ari Emanuel

Mrs. Sarah Emanuel

The Honorable (Mr.) Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to the President

Ms. Amy Rule

The Honorable (Mr.) Jon Favreau, Assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting

Ms. Sarah Feinberg, Office of the Chief of Staff

The Honorable (Mayor) Adrian Fenty, Mayor of the District of Columbia

Mrs. Michelle Fenty

Ms. Michelle Flournoy

Mr. Thomas Friedman

Mrs. Ann Friedman

The Honorable (Mr.) Mike Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, NSC

Dr. Ashok S Ganguly

The Honorable (Mr.) Patrick Gaspard, Office of Political Affairs

Mrs. Raina Washington

The Honorable Robert Gates

Ms. Charlene Gaynor

Mr. Richard Heiss

Mr. David Geffen

Mr. Jeremy Lingvall

The Honorable (Secretary) Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury

Ms. Carole Sonnenfeld

The Honorable (Mr.) Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary

Mr. Anish Goel, Acting Senior Director, South Asia Affairs, NSC

Mr. Senapathy Gopalakrishnan

Mr. Mark Gorenberg

Ms. Wendy Wanderman

Mr. John Gorman

Mrs. Tamra Gorman

Representative Jay Goyal, State Representative

Kiran Goyal

Representative Raj Goyle, State Representative

Mrs. Monica Arora

The Honorable (Governor) Jennifer Granholm, Governor of Michigan (D)

Mr. Daniel Mulhern, First Gentleman of Michigan

Mr. Earl G. Graves

Mrs. Barbara Graves

Ms. Geeta Rao Gupta

Mr. Arvind Gupta

Mr. Raj Gupta

Mr. Rajat Gupta

Mrs. Anita M Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Mrs. Rebecca Olson Gupta

Mr. Lee Hamilton

Mrs. Nancy Hamilton

The Honorable (Ms.) Kamala Harris

Ms. Maya Harris

Mr. Kamil Hassan

Mrs. Talat Hassan

Mr. George Haywood

Mrs. Cheryl J Haywood

The Honorable Fred Hochberg, Export-Import Bank

Thomas P Healy

The Honorable (Rep.) Paul Hodes, United States Representative (D/New Hampshire)

Mrs. Margaret Hodes

The Honorable (Attorney General) Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Department of Justice

Dr. Sharon Malone, MD

Dr. John P. Holdren

Dr. Cheryl E Holdren

The Honorable (Rep.) Eleanor Holmes-Norton, United States of Representative (D/DC)

Mr. John Norton

Mr. Robert D Hormats, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs, State Department

Ms. Camille Massey

The Honorable (Rep) Steny Hoyer, United States Representative (D/Maryland)

Ms. Kathleen May

Mr. Chris Hughes

Mr. Sean S Eldridge

Mr. Jeff Immelt

The Honorable (Senator) Daniel Inouye, United States Senator (D/Hawaii)

Ms. Irene Hirano, United States Senate Spouse (D/Hawaii)

Mrs. Deepa Iyer

Mr. Parag Khandhar

Mr. Vasudeva Iyer

The Honorable (Administrator) Lisa Jackson, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. Kenneth Jackson

The Honorable (Ms.) Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

The Honorable (Governor) Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana

Mrs. Supriya Jindal, First Lady of Louisiana

The Honorable (General) James Jones, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor

Mrs. Diane Jones

Mrs. Ann Jordan

Mr. Vernon Jordan

Mr. Anil Kakani

Mr. Farooq Kathwari

Mrs. Farida Kathwari

Mr. Neal Katyal, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Solicitor General

Mr. Jeffrey Katzenberg

Mrs. Marilyn Katzenberg

Ms. Maneesha Kelkar, Manavi

Vinay Vaishampayan

The Honorable (Senator) John Kerry, United States Senator (D/Massachusetts)

Dr. Harish Khare, Media Advisor to the Prime Minister of India, Indian Delegation

The Honorable (Mr.) Bradley Kiley, Office of Management and Administration

Mr. James Coley, Jr.

Ms. Gayle King

The Honorable (Ambassador) Ron Kirk, USTR

Mrs. Matrice Ellis-Kirk

The Honorable (Mr.) Ronald Klain, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President

Mrs. Chanda D Kochhar

His Excellency S.M. Krishna, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Ms. Gaitri Kumar, Joint Secretary (Americas), Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Vivek Kundra

Mrs. Jhumpa Lahiri

Mr. Alberto Vourvoulias

Mr. Marc Lasry

Cathy Lasry

Mr. Jacob Lew, Deputy Secretary, Department of State

The Honorable Gary Locke, Secretary of Commerce

Mrs. Mona Locke

The Honorable (Mr.) Christopher Lu, Cabinet Affairs

Ms. Kathryn Thomson

The Honorable (Senator) Richard Lugar, United States Senator (R/Indiana)

Mrs. Char Lugar, United States Senate Spouse (R/Indiana)

Mr. Michael Lynton

Ms. Elizabeth Jamie Alter

Mr. Surinder Malhotra

The Honorable (Chief of Protocol) Capricia Marshall

The Honorable (Ms.) Alyssa Mastromonaco, White House Office of Scheduling

Mr. Brian Mathis

Mrs. Tracey Kemble

Ms. Kiran Mazumda-Shaw

The Honorable (Senator) Claire McCaskill, United States Senator (D/Missouri)

Mr. Joseph Shepard, United States Senate Spouse

The Honorable (Rep) Jim McDermott, United States Representative (D/Washington)

Mrs. Therese Marie Hansen

Mr. Zarin Mehta

Ms. Carmen Lasky

The Honorable (Mr.) Jim Messina, Office of Chief of Staff

Mr. Judd Miner

Mrs. Linda Miner

Mr. Newt Minow

Mrs. Josephine Minow

Mr. Sunil Bharti Mittal

Kalpen Modi, Associate Director, Office of Public Engagement

Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Mrs. Deborah Mullen

The Honorable (Secretary) Janet Napolitano, Secretary, Department of Homeland Security

His Excellency M.K. Narayanan, National Security Adviser of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Shantanu Narayen

Mrs. Reni Narayen

Mr. Raju Narisetti

Durga Raghunath

Mr. Martin Nesbitt

Ms. Anita Blanchard

Mr. Konrad Ng

Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng

Ms. Indra Nooyi

The Honorable (Rep) David Obey, United States Representative (D/Wisconsin)

Mrs. Joan Obey

The Honorable (Mr.) Peter Orszag, Director, Office of Management & Budget

Mr. Jim Owens

Ms. Katie Owens

Mr. Deepak Parekh

Mr. Eboo Patel

Ms. Shehnez Mansuri

The Honorable (Governor) Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts (D)

Mrs. Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts

The Honorable (Speaker) Nancy Pelosi, United States Representative (D/California) and Speaker of the House

Mr. Paul Pelosi

Mr. Dan Pfeiffer, White House Office of Communications

Mr. Sam Pitroda

Mrs. Anjana Pitroda

General Colin Powell

Ms. Alma Powell

Dr. Rachakonda D Prabhu

Dr. Lata Shete Prabhu

Mrs. Penny Pritzker

Dr. Brian Traubert

Ms. Kavita Ramdas

Her Excellency Nirupama Rao, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Ms. Preetha Reddy

The Honorable (Governor) Edward Rendell, Governor of Pennsylvania (D)

The Honorable (Judge) Marjorie Rendell, First Lady of Pennsylvania

Mr. Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting

The Honorable (Ambassador) Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations

Mr. Ian Cameron

The Honorable (Governor) Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico (D)

Mrs. Barbara Richardson, First Lady of New Mexico

Ms. Robin Roberts

Mrs. Marian Robinson

Ambassador Timothy Roemer, US Ambassador to India

Mrs. Mary Johnston

Ms. Desiree Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary

Mr. John Rogers

The Honorable (Dr.) Christina Romer, Chair, Council of Economic Advisers

Mr. Dennis Ross, NSC

The Honorable (Rep) Edward Randall Royce, United States Representative

Marie Therese Royce

Mr. Michael Sacks

Mrs. Cari Sacks

The Honorable (Rep.) Linda Sanchez, United States Representative (D/California)

Mr. James Sullivan, Guest of Then Honorable Linda Sanchez

Mr. Pankaj Saran, Joint Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

His Excellency Shyam Saran, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister on Climate Change, Indian Delegation

Mr. Jaideep Sarkar, Personal Secretary to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Parag Saxena

The Honorable (Rep.) Jan Schakowsky, United States Representative (D/Illinois)

Mr. Robert Creamer

The Honorable (Mr.) Phil Schiliro, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs

Mrs. Jody Schiliro

Ms. Annetta Seecharran

Seema Agnani

Mr. Stuart Seldowitz, Acting Director for South Asia, NSC

Dr. Amartya Sen

Ms. Emma Georgina Rothschild

Under Secretary Rajiv J Shah, Under Secretary for Research, Education & Economics, Department of Agriculture

The Honorable Sonal Shah, Deputy Assist to the President, Director Office of SICP, Domestic Policy Council

Mr. Vinod Shah

Her Excellency Meera SHANKAR, Ambassador, India

The Honorable Susan Sher, Assistant to the President/Chief of Staff to the First Lady

The Honorable (Mr.) Neil Cohen

Mr. M. Night Shyamalan

Mrs. Bhavna Shyamalan

Ms. Amrit Singh

Mr. Analjit Singh

Mr. Arun K. Singh, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of India, Indian Delegation

Mr. Balvinder Singh

Mr. Mohinder Singh

Mr. Lakhwinder Singh

Mrs. Sukhbir Kaur

Ms. Upinder Singh

Mr. Steven Spielberg

Mr. Sri Srinivasan

Ms. Carla Garrett

Ms. Srinija Srinivasan

The Honorable (Mr.) Jim Steinberg, Deputy Secretary of State

Ms. Sherburne Bradstreet

Mrs. Semonti Stephens, Deputy Press Secretary, Office of the First Lady

Mr. Andy Stern

Ms. Anna Burger

Mrs. Jane Stetson

Mr. Bill Stetson

Honorable (Dr.) Larry Summers, Director, National Economic Council

Dr. Elisa New

The Honorable (Ms.) Mona Sutphen, Office of Chief of Staff

Mr. Clyde Williams

Mr. Ratan Tata

The Honorable (Ms.) Tina Tchen, Office of Public Liaison

Ambassador Vinai Thummalapally, Ambassador, Embassy of Belize

Mrs. Barbara Thummalapally

Mr. Jim Torrey

Ms. Rose P Lynch

Mr. Richard Trumka

Mr. Paul H Lemmon

Ms. Urvashi Vaid

Ms. Kate Clinton

Mr. Kirk Wagar

Ms. Crystal Connor

Dr. Eric E. Whitaker

Dr. Cheryl Whitaker

Mr. Brian Williams

Mrs. Jane Williams

Mr. Wellington Wilson

Mrs. Wilson

Mr. Neal Wolin, Deputy Secretary, Department of Treasury

Ms. Alfre Woodard

Mr. Blair E Underwood

Mr. Fareed Zakaria

Ms. Paula Throckmorton Zakaria

Posted by Paul West at 6:22 PM |

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