The Presidential Planner

May 19, 2010 7:00am

ABC News' Sunlen Miler reports: In the shadow of last year’s state visit, best known for the gate-crashing by socialites, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the White House is hoping that today’s state visit – honoring President Felipe Calderón and Mrs. Zavala of Mexico – will focus more on the ties between the two countries and less about party-crashers. With a new social secretary, new security protocols and one state visit under their belt already, the White House has expressed confidence that the day-long visit will run smoothly, culminating in a glamorous black-tie state dinner this evening. The spotlight today – the White House says – will be on the ties between two neighbors. “There is no more important relationship for the United States than our relationship with our neighbor, and it’s also that there’s no more complex relationship in the world to the United State,” a senior administration official says, ” And the partnership the Us and Mexico has formed is based on shared values on mutual respect and mutual responsibilities” After welcoming the couple on the South Lawn in the morning the President will hold a bilateral meeting with President Calderón in the Oval Office. Afterward both leaders will come out to the Rose Garden for a  joint press conference. In the afternoon, the President will meet privately with Ambassador to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Susman in the Oval Office. The President and the Vice President will later meet with Secretary Clinton in the Oval Office privately, their weekly meeting with the Secretary of State. In the evening, the President and the First Lady will welcome President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala at the North Portico for the State Dinner. The President and President Calderón will each give a toast in the East Room of the White House. Following the dinner, the President and the First Lady will attend the State Dinner Reception with President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala in the tent on the South Lawn with musical performances expected. MORE on today's state visit and dinner here. -Sunlen Miller

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