White House State Dinner – Who Made the Exclusive Guest List?

Nov 24, 2009 7:15pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers reports: The list is out – commence the scrutiny! The White House finally has released the highly anticipated guest for tonight’s state dinner in honor of Indian Prime Minister Singh and it features a wide range of people from Hollywood, politics, media, organized labor and White House staff and Obama friends and family. Three-hundred-thirty-five guests made the cut. Not on the list, despite heavy speculation in Washington – talk show host and Obama supporter Oprah Winfrey. But her best friend Gayle King will be there. In attendance will be outgoing White House counsel Greg Craig, who announced he would step down at the end of the year after months of rumors about his job security. Also dining at the White House tonight — Rep. David Obey (D-WI) who told ABC News’ Jon Karl this week “There ain't going to be no money for nothing if we pour it all into Afghanistan.” The full guest list can be found here: Some highlights – From Hollywood:
David Geffen (who stepped into the middle of the Obama/Hillary Clinton primary fight in Feb. 2007 when he told the New York Times Clinton was the “easiest to beat” in the Democratic field and that nobody believes that since leaving office, “all of a sudden Bill Clinton has become a different person”).
Jeffrey Katzenberg
Alfre Woodard
Blair E Underwood
Steven Spielberg Prominent Indian-Americans:
Mr. Deepak Chopra
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)
Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN (and once the subject of much speculation for the position of Surgeon General) From the world of politics:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
General Colin Powell (who endorsed Obama during last year’s presidential election) From television media:
ABC’s Robin Roberts
NBC’s Brian Williams
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria
CBS’ Katie Couric
Oprah pal Gayle King
(Not on the list – anyone from FOX News) From organized labor:
Andy Stern (SEIU)
Anna Burger (SEIU)
Richard Trumka (AFL-CIO) And Obama family and friends:
Maya Soetoro-Ng (Obama’s sister)
Konrad Ng  (Maya’s husband)
Dr. Eric E. Whitaker
Martin Nesbitt
Anita Blanchard (Nesbitt’s wife)
Penny Pritzker -Karen Travers

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