May 19th, 2010
02:57 PM ET
4 years ago

The state lunch before the state dinner

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted Mexico's president at the State Department Wednesday afternoon.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted Mexico's president at the State Department Wednesday afternoon.

Washington (CNN) - U.S. diplomacy toward Mexico was fueled Wednesday by sea trout, lemon meringue pie and hibiscus iced tea.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice-President Joe Biden hosted the lunch for Mexican President Calderon at the State Department.

The top floor Benjamin Franklin reception room was filled with tables covered with red tablecloths, gold-rimmed glasses and gold and white china. Some tables held large green ceramic pineapples with pots of pink and white flowers. Waiters had carefully placed hibiscus blossoms in each glass of ice tea.

In opening remarks, Clinton said "the United States is proud to be Mexico's friend, partner and neighbor."

Vice-President Biden said he admired what he called Calderon's "courage and determination" in confronting the drug cartels.

And the Mexican president praised the Obama Administration's approach to immigration. "This government is giving the right attention to this phenomenon from a perspective that will guarantee the fundamental rights and the human rights of migrants. This position honors the values and principles that support this great nation," Calderon said.

The lunch started with "avocado mosaic" with artichokes and hearts of palm, Pacific Coast sea trout with asparagus, and fiddlehead ferns and white wine.


Filed under: Felipe Calderon • Hillary Clinton • Joe Biden • Mexico • State Department
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Oh no! We will now get another conspiracy theory from Fox about a state lunch before a state dinner. What will Beck say about red tablecloths and white china? Will he somehow confuse the two together and conclude something about red china. The Fox sheeple will swallow the crap.

    May 19, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. Ellen

    What, no rice and beans?

    May 19, 2010 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I hope that sea trout didn't come from the Gulf of Mexico.

    May 19, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. Pkm

    I heard years ago that there is so much oil in mexico the govt could feed every mexican person for the rest of there lives

    May 19, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  5. dan

    To all Hispanics leaders..boycotts in protests donot work!..the only thing thats going to work is standing in line by the thousands at your local city hall to register to vote,now this is what going to get the gop attention in the main media like fox news,beleive me they will freak out.,the Democrats wont have to be looking for the Gop on immigration,the Gop will be looking for the Democrats,and one more thing to all latino leaders,please keep Al Sharpton in Jessie Jackson away from ARZ because the only thing their doing is turning away alot of White support,thats why only 25% of white people hate the ARZ law.

    May 19, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. rachel

    Sounds like a good lunch.

    May 19, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Willy Brown

    I'd a drove him to Taco Bell and then to the airport.

    May 19, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  8. LIP

    At least he didn't arrive with the backpack, sneakers and a map the Mexican government hands out to those they encourage to coss the border illegally. Perhaps he could take a few of his citizens back with him...say 20 million or so. Maybe then we could get our unemployment figures down to a manageable number.

    May 19, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. mama panda

    What a waste of hibiscus blossoms...they could have been used to make a delightful beverage called, yep, hibiscus tea. And then Fox could have used Beck to dream up an Arab conspiracy theory about Obama, Calderon, and Mubarek.

    May 19, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Leo

    Wow, it amazes me how ignorant some of these comments are about driving him to Taco Bell or the beans and rice comment. Grow up people quit with the racist comments and btw Illegal immigrants dont qualify for Unemployment since they are probably working w/a fake social...

    May 19, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. Rickster

    Sea trout, lemon meringue pie and hibiscus iced tea for the regime and a bowl of swill for the peasants.

    Obama gets more despicable every day. 2012 can't get here fast enough.

    May 19, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  12. Jim in St. Johns, FL

    Now we have Obama standing arm in arm with a President of a foreign country openly criticizing the state law of the Soverign State of Arizona. A law that either Obama refuses to read or doesn't understand. Obama continues to intentionally misrepresent the Arizona law at every media opportunity.

    Perhaps this is why Obama's college transcripts have never seen the light of day. Perhaps Obama just doesn't understand.

    I prefer to believe that Obama just wants to line up the illegals, wave a magic wand, and have them vote for him in 2012. Obama certainly holds hard working tax paying Americans in utter contempt.

    The feeling is mutual I can assure him.

    May 19, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. Victim of GOP Taliban

    How about ending NAFTA?

    May 19, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |