Thursday, October 13, 2011

Guest List: President Obama's State Dinner In Honor Of President Lee Myung-bak

On the A-list: Tennis great Billie Jean King; Candy Crowley; Scott Pelley; actor John Cho...Sec. Vilsack brings American Farm Bureau chief as his date, and chef David Chang is invited to eat rather than cook...
President Obama
and First Lady Obama invited 222 guests to the 8:35 PM State Dinner in honor of President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea. They arrived at the White House between six and seven in the evening, just as a violent storm that included thunder, lightning and a drenching rain was ending. The guest list was low on Hollywood invitees, unlike other State Dinners. One guest of major interest: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, above, brought brought Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau, as his "date," rather than his wife, Christie Vilsack. The newly ratified US Korea Free Trade Agreement is being hailed as a billion dollar boon for US agriculture, and Vilsack and Stallman were crucial to getting it passed through Congress. Dinner was a Fall Harvest menu starring Texas Wagyu Beef. The US is the largest beef producer in the world, and the free trade agreement opens up Korea's high-value market, after years of high tariffs and restrictions related to Mad Cow disease. (Above: Vilsack arrives in the Booksellers entrance in the East Wing)

The Guest Arrivals Report from Booksellers is here. It includes video.

Guests included tennis legend Billie Jean King, chef David Chang of New York's Momofuku and other eateries; actor John Cho, best known for his roles in the Harold and Kumar movies, which also starred former White House aid Kal Penn; designer Christina Kim; Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who recently hosted a fundraiser for the President; and a handful of notable media faces: ABC’s JuJu Chang, CNN’s Candy Crowley, and CBS’s Scott Pelley.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was invited, as was Ambassador Sung Kim, the first Korean-American ambassador to the Republic of Korea, confirmed by the Senate today.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg attended, as did a handful of Cabinet Secretaries including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Singer Janelle Monáe, and all three members of The Ahn Trio, a classical music group, were invited to dine before they were the featured musical performers at the 10:00 PM post-dinner reception, held in the State Dining Room.

State Dinner Guest List


His Excellency Lee Myung-bak, President of the Republic of Korea
Mrs. Kim Yoon-ok

Mr. Charles C. Adams, Jr., Geneva, Switzerland
Mrs. Vera Risteski-Adams

Ms. Angella Ahn, Performer, Bozeman, MT
Mr. Michael P. Moore

Ms. Lucia Ahn, Performer, New York, NY
Mr. Christiaan P. Ahn

Ms. Maria Ahn, Performer, New York, NY
Ms. Young Joo Rhee, Cliffside Park, NJ

The Honorable Brooke Anderson, Washington, DC

His Excellency Jae Hyun Bae

His Excellency Jaewan Bahk

Secretary-General Ki-moon Ban, Secretary General, United Nations, New York, NY
Mrs. Soon-taek Ban

The Honorable Max Baucus, United States Senator
Ms. Melodee Hanes

The Honorable Howard Berman, United States Representative
Mrs. Janis Berman

Mr. James B. Biden, Merion Station, PA
Mrs. Sara Biden

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States
Dr. Jill Biden

The Honorable Stephen Warren Bosworth, Medford, MA
Mrs. Christine H Bosworth

The Honorable Ann W. Brown, Washington, DC
Mr. Don Brown

The Honorable William J Burns, Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State
Ms. Lisa Carty

The Honorable Dave Camp, United States Representative
Mrs. Nancy Camp

The Honorable Kurt M Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian & Pacific Affairs
The Honorable Lael Brainard, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs

The Honorable Jay Carney, Press Secretary
Ms. Claire Shipman

The Honorable Julián Castro, Mayor, San Antonio, TX
Mrs. Erica Lira Castro

Mr. David Chang, New York, NY
Ms. Chung Hi Chang, Howey-in-the-Hills, FL

Ms. JuJu Chang, New York, NY
Mr. Neal Shapiro

Mr. John Cho, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. June Jay Cho, San Antonio, TX

His Excellency Guem Nak Choe

His Excellency Joong-Kyung Choi

Mr. Steve Choi, President, Founder and CEO, Korean-American Association, Annandale, VA
Mrs. Leena Prisca Choi

The Honorable Judy Chu, United States Representative
The Honorable Mike Eng, California State Assembly, Sacramento, CA

His Excellency Yungwoo Chun

The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State

Mr. Bruce Cohen, New York, NY
Mr. Gabriel Catone

Mr. Jeff Cooper, Edwardsville, IL
Mrs. Francesca Moroney Cooper

Rev Luis Cortes, Jr., Cheltenham, PA
Mrs. Damaris Cortes

Ms. Candy Crowley, Bethesda, MD
Mr. Harry Michael Rosselli, Washington, DC

The Honorable Stephanie Cutter, Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Advisor
Mr. James Matthew Hock

The Honorable William Daley, Chief of Staff
Ms. Bernadette Keller

Mr. D. Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO, UPS, Atlanta, GA

General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Mrs. Deanie Dempsey

The Honorable Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President, National Security Advisor
Ms. Cathy Russell, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden

The Honorable Shaun L.S. Donovan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Ms. Liza Gilbert

Mr. Blair Effron, New York, NY
Mrs. Cheryl Effron

The Honorable Michael B.G. Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs
Ms. Nancy Goodman

Mr. Robert L. Gallucci, PhD, Chicago, IL
Ms. Jennifer Emily Sims, Upperville, VA

The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary of the Treasury
Mrs. Carole Geithner

Mr. Sloan Gibson, Charleston, SC
Mrs. Margaret Duncan Gibson

The Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Washington, DC

Dr. Douglas Edward Goldman, San Francisco, CA
Mrs. Lisa Goldman

The Honorable Steve Jay Green, Miami Beach, FL
Mrs. Dorothea Green

The Honorable Duck-soo Han, Ambassador to the U.S., Government of the Republic of Korea
Mrs. Ah-Young Choi

The Honorable Orrin G. Hatch, United States Senator
Mrs. Elaine Hatch

Mr. William Hite, President's Export Council, Annapolis, MD
Mrs. Patricia Hite

The Honorable Thomas C. Hubbard, Washington, DC
Mrs. Joan Magnusson Hubbard

Mr. Changsoo Huh, Special Delegation, Republic of Korea

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
Mr. Elvin Charity, Chicago, IL

Mr. Henry H Kang, Douglas, MA
Ms. Cassi Bryn Michaelik

The Honorable Sukhee Kang, Mayor, Irvine, CA
Mrs. Joanne Wonhee Kang

The Honorable Mark Keam, VA House of Delegates, Vienna, VA
Mrs. Alex Seong Keam

The Honorable John Kerry, United States Senator

Mr. Fred Khosravi, Mountain View, CA
Mrs. Flora Khosravi

Ms. Christina Kim, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Raymond Meier, New York, NY

His Excellency Dae Ki Kim

Mr. Chang-beom Kim

Mr. David Kim, Entrepreneur, C2 Education, Duluth, GA
Ms. Minjae Yuh

Dr. James Yong Kim, President, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Dr. Youn Sook Lim

His Excellency Kwan Jin Kim

His Excellency Sung-hwan Kim

Dr. Tae Hyo Kim

Ms. Billie Jean King, New York, NY
Ms. Llana Kloss

Mr. Robert Thompson King, Ann Arbor, MI
Ms. Kathlene Eugenie King

The Honorable Ron Kirk, USTR
Mrs. Matrice Ellis-Kirk

Mr. Harold Koh, Washington, DC
Ms. Mary-Christy Fisher

The Honorable Howard Kyongju Koh, Washington, DC
Ms. Claudia Anne Arrigg

Mr. Bon Moo Koo, Chairman of LG

Mr. Chris Korge, Coral Gables, FL
Mr. Andrew Korge

Mr. Peter Kraus, Dallas, TX
Mrs. Lisa Kraus

Mr. Peter Kwon, Washington, DC
Mrs. Jeanie Kwon

The Honorable Jim Leach, Chairman, National Endowment for the Humanities, Bethesda, MD
Mrs. Elisabeth Leach

Mr. John Lechleiter, Indianapolis, IN
Mrs. Sarah Lechleiter

Dr. Chang-rae Lee, Princeton, NJ
Mrs. Michelle Branca Lee

Ms. Seung Yun Lee, Daughter of Korean President Lee

Mr. Won Lee, Washington, DC
Mrs. Young Ja Lee

The Honorable Sander Levin, United States Representative
Ms. Pamela Marie Cole

Mr. James E. Liguori, Wyoming, DE
Mrs. Stephanie I. Liguori

Mr. Andres W. Lopez, San Juan, PR
Ms. Camelia Garrido

The Honorable Richard Lugar, United States Senator
Ms. Deb Lugar

The Honorable Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Robert Marshall

Mr. John P. Marttila, Boston, MA
Mrs. Nancy Ellen Marttila

Ms. Linda Mason, Manager, Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Belmont, MA
Mr. Roger H Brown, President of Berklee College of Music

The Honorable Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor
Mrs. Karin McDonough

Ms. Janelle Monáe, Performer
Mr. Nathaniel Irvin

Mr. Alan Mulally, President and CEO, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
Mrs. Nicki Mulally

Mr. Scott A. Nathan, Boston, MA
Ms. Laura A. Debonis

Mr. Mark Nichols, Washington, DC
Ms. Jane Siena

The Honorable Thomas Nides, Dep. Secretary of State for Management and Resources
Ms. Virginia Moseley

Mr. Spencer Arthur Overton, Professor of Law, GW Law School, Chevy Chase, MD
Mrs. Leslie Collins Overton

The Honorable Leon E Panetta, Secretary of Defense

Mr. Deven J. Parekh, New York, NY
Mrs. Monika Parekh

Mr. Scott Pelley, Darien, CT
Mrs. Jane Boone Pelley

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Leader, United States Representative
Mr. Paul Pelosi, Jr.

The Honorable David Plouffe, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor
Ms. Olivia Morgan

Dr. Peter M. Rhee, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Mrs. Emily Rhee

The Honorable Susan Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, New York, NY
Mr. Ian Cameron

Ms. Carla A. Robbins, New York, NY
Mr. Guy B. Gugliotta

Mr. Lee Rosenberg, President, American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Nancy Rosenberg

The Honorable Pete Rouse, Counselor to the President, Washington, DC
Ms. Courtney M. Chapin

The Honorable Kathryn Ruemmler, Assistant to the President and Counsel to the President

Mr. Danny Russel, Chevy Chase, MD
Mrs. Keiko Abo Russel

Mr. Jin Roy Ryu, Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Helen Lho

Ms. Sheryl Kara Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, Palo Alto, CA
Ms. Adele Frances Einhorn Sandberg, North Miami Beach, FL

Mrs. Elaine Schuster, Osterville, MA
Gerald Schuster

Mr. Sydney A. Seiler, Director for Korea, NSS, Washington, DC

Mr. Eugene Sepulveda, Austin, TX
Ms. Suzanne Deal Booth

Mr. Paull Shin, Washington State Senator, Lynwood, WA
Mrs. Donna Shin

Mr. Kyung-shik Sohn

Ms. Unmi Song, Skokie, IL
Ms. Unhae U. Song, Washington, DC

Mr. Bobby Stein, Jacksonville, FL
Mrs. Mary C. Stein

The Honorable Kathleen Stephens, Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
William C. Harwood, Emeryville, CA

The Honorable Ann S Stock, Acting Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs
Mr. Stuart C Stock

Ms. Kathy Surace-Smith, Bellevue, WA
Mr. Brad Smith

Ms. Nancy Helen Sutley, Washington, DC
Mrs. Suzanne Beatrice Sutley, Jackson Heights, NY

The Honorable Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady

General James D. Thurman, Commander UNC/CFC/USFK, Department of Defense
Mrs. Delia Lee Thurman

The Honorable Melanne Verveer, Ambassador at Large for Women's Global Issues, Department of State
The Honorable Philip Louis Verveer

The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary, Department of Agriculture
Mr. Bob Stallman

Ms. Jai Lee Wong, Executive Director, Women's Leadership Circles, Los Angeles, CA
Mr. Kent Douglas Wong

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