Author Topic: French President Hollande Prompts a Shuffle at White House  (Read 186 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline EC

  • Shanghaied Editor
  • Hero Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 23,836
  • Cats rule. Dogs drool.
French President Hollande Prompts a Shuffle at White House
« on: February 10, 2014, 04:32:43 AM »
Via the WSJ:

For all the meticulous planning that has gone into the state dinner for French President François Hollande, the White House will be forced to improvise a bit because of the French leader's romantic troubles.

Mr. Hollande is coming solo, having broken up with his longtime girlfriend, Valerie Trierweiler.

That poses complications—from the traditional family photo taken at the White House to the seating arrangement at the head table, said Anita McBride, former chief of staff to Laura Bush, who also served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations.

"The iconic photograph on the North Portico will be three and not four people," she said.

Typically at a State Dinner, the president sits next to the guest of honor's spouse. That won't happen on Tuesday night.

"It won't be hard to find someone else from that guest list, certainly, to put there. Even though it's steeped in many years of protocol, the White House is a place that adapts to changes rather quickly and can be flexible and nimble in a case like this," she added

This is a thing? The White House has never hosted a single Head of State before? Lord knows what the panic would be like if they had to host the King of Togo - he usually travels with all his wives.
The universe doesn't hate you. Unless your name is Tsutomu Yamaguchi

Avatar courtesy of Oceander

I've got a website now: Smoke and Ink

Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo