Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff canceled a state visit intended for later this month. With that, the Obama White House will almost certainly hold no state dinner this year.
When Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff declined President Obama’s invitation and canceled a state visit intended for later this month, the hole left in the White House calendar was quickly filled.
Out was a highly choreographed affair set to culminate in a glittery state dinner with an impressive invitation list, a lengthy menu, and pricey entertainment.
In, for the newly blank Oct. 23 slot, was an all-business visit by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
One could almost hear the sigh of relief emanating from the White House – not so much over the substitution of leaders (Brazil is currently furious with the United States over the reports of NSA spying, but Pakistan’s long-prickly relations with the US are not exactly a walk in the park, either), but because of Mr. Obama’s apparent lack of enthusiasm for the time-honored state dinner.
Indeed, with cancellation of the Rousseff visit, the Obama White House will almost certainly hold no state dinner this year – prompting some in Washington to pronounce the state dinner, if not on its way to extinction, at least a candidate for the endangered species list.