The State Dinner with Mexico in "la Casa Blanca"
May 20, 2010
11:23 AM EDT
Last night the President and the First Lady hosted their second formal State Dinner, inviting President Felipe Calderon and First Lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico into the White House, or as President Obama called it, “la Casa Blanca.” In an exchange of dinner toasts, President Obama celebrated the partnership between the two neighboring countries:
We celebrate all that Mexican Americans have contributed to the United States -- leaders in every segment of our society, including many of the guests who are here tonight, and a culture that treasures family and faith. Indeed, America is enriched by el sabor de Mexico.
And we celebrate the partnership between our two countries. Mr. President, I must say it again: In the fight for your country’s future, you’ve shown extraordinary courage, extraordinary bravery, and you and the Mexican people have a full and committed partner in the United States.
The formal dinner was followed by what President Obama called “the real party,” a night of intercultural musical performances by pop star Beyonce and music duo Rodrigo y Gabriela.
Earlier that day, both Presidents participated in the official arrival ceremony and joint press availability. In the afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama and First Lady Zavala held a “Let’s Move” event at New Hampshire Estates Elementary School, where they talked to children about staying healthy and answered questions from the students on a range of issues. President Calderon and Mrs. Zavala also made a visit to the U.S. State Department where Vice President Biden hosted a state luncheon in honor of their visit.
View the videos and the photo gallery of the events throughout the day during the state visit: