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State dinner essentials: 7 things you should know

Trudeaus and Obamas: Hair, clothes, guests, menu, toasts, entertainment, bromance


 
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2016, as they arrive for a state dinner. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau at the North Portico of the White House. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

The clothes.

First lady Michelle Obama wore a custom gown by Vancouver-raised Jason Wu.
Paul Wells shared details on Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau’s fashion choices:

For the record, the President told the Prime Minister he looked “snazzy.”
Verdict from the Washington Post’s Robin Givhan: “A good night for Canadian fashion.”

The hair.

It was actually Mike Myers’ lid that had people tweeting.

Trending in no time:

The guests.

Michael J. Fox, Ryan Reynolds, Sandra Oh, Mike Myers, Lorne Michaels and Gary Bettman were among the Canadian celebrities to receive an invite.
Guests — including the VIPs — shared photos:

The complete guest list is here.

The menu.

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There was herbed butter sourced from Michelle Obama’s garden. And the lamb was drizzled with Yukon Jack Canadian Whisky.

The entertainment.

After dinner, White House guests were to make their way down the hall to the State Dining Room to watch singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles perform. Bareilles has played for the Obamas before — including at a 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll.

The toasts.

President Barack Obama toasts Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, during a State Dinner in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama toasts Trudeau. (Jacquelyn Martin,AP)

Obama shorter:

Oh, Obama also made a Bieber joke, telling the PM: “You may just be the most popular Canadian named Justin.”
The transcripts are here.

Bromance.

President Barack Obama greets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during an arrival ceremony at the White House, Thursday March 10, 2016 in Washington. Trudeau hopes to strengthen U.S.-Canada ties during his debut visit to the White House (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Here’s how Obama greeted Trudeau at the White House earlier in the day. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

Read more of our coverage from Trudeau’s official visit here.


 

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