The Presidential Planner

Nov 24, 2009 7:00am

From Sunlen Miller: Today all eyes are on the President and First Lady’s skills hosting their first official state visit welcoming Prime Minister Singh of India and his wife to the White House. The agenda is busy — filled with all the pomp and circumstance of the traditonal, formal event as well as an important day of working meetings between two world leaders. “This is a very important relationship with a very important country that we have in the world,” White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, “That's why India was chosen to be the first visit.  I think that's why the White House wanted to have something as formal as this to discuss throughout this process the issues that we have bilaterally.” The two leaders will meet one-on-one and then hold an expanded meeting with their delegations. On the docket for today’s discussions will be counterterrorism, the economy, energy, and climate change. The two leaders will then hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House. But the main event will be the glitzy and glamorous nighttime state dinner in the evening. 320 invited guests dressed in specified "black tie" attire will flood on the South Lawn under a large white tent for the formal — and much anticipated -state dinner. Read more on tonight's dinner here. Outside of Mr. Obama's hosting duties the President will hold separate meetings behind closed doors with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Secretary of Defense Gates and the Vice President in the Oval Office. -Sunlen Miller

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