Celebrities on state dinner guest list

Nov. 24, 2009 at 10:36 PM
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WASHINGTON, Nov. 24 (UPI) -- The guest list for the state dinner at the White House Tuesday included top U.S. and Indian officials, labor leaders, journalists and Hollywood celebrities.

In addition to President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the guest list included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Attorney General Eric Holder. The list also included Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Labor leaders Andrew Stern and Richard Trumka were also invited, along with author Deepak Chopra and journalists Sanjay Gupta, Katie Couric, Fareed Zakaria, Robin Roberts and Brian Williams.

Hollywood was represented by producers David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, directors Steven Spielberg and M. Night Shyamalan, actor Blair Underwood and actress Alfre Woodward.

Oscar-winning singer-actress Jennifer Hudson performed at the dinner, her record label, Arista Records, said. Hudson sang the National Anthem at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, where Obama was nominated for president, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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