February 20th, 2009
02:15 PM ET
11 years ago

President, first lady host premier dinner at WH



(CNN) - America's first family appears to enjoy entertaining –the Obamas hold weekly cocktail receptions at their residence - so it's likely they are looking forward to the first official White House Dinner.

President Obama and First Lady Michelle will welcome governors to the White House Sunday for the 2009 Governors' Dinner, according to a statement released by the White House Thursday. The gala will follow this weekend's gathering of the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington.

"The White House is the place where our bond as Americans is strengthened," said White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. "We look forward to welcoming the nation’s governors to celebrate our democratic ideals, our diversity, our shared values and the best of the American spirit."

The black-tie affair will be Rogers' debut social event.

The evening will feature musical performances by the Marine Corps and the 1960's R&B group Earth Wind and Fire, a six time Grammy award-winning band formed in Obama's hometown of Chicago.

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  1. Dwight Frye

    Governor Sarah Palin, upon learning there might be a tax problem with the per-diem amounts she charged, asked the authorities to advise her what the tax implications were. She was just recently informed the IRS opinion was that the funds were taxable, and thus should be added to her 2008 tax bill - due April 15, 2009. She has every intention of paying it as she stated. They are not back-taxes she was trying to cover-up or dodge like so many Obama appointee-hopefuls.

    On the other hand, the country has been subjected to the embarrassing development of many of Obama's high-level appointees, including one that WAS appointed (Geithner), going back and paying taxes they must have known about all along because they were up for a position that would uncover the tax-cheating in the vetting process. You people who voted for Obama have been conned by one of the smoothest-talking con-artists to come out of the cesspool of Chicago thug-style politics. Hope and change indeed, you swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

    February 20, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Texans

    They shoul have Palin seat in the middle Bill Ayers and Michelle Obama's mother. And Hillary should go to the restroom each time Palin goes to make sure she is not setting of explosives

    February 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |

    @Annie-Palin 2012, I guess paying her taxes late is better than not paying them at all. Isn't this what the Democrats did but got blasted, your statement doesn't make sense . Did she ever pay the RNC for her entire families clothes? Probably not.

    February 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Lucy

    Who is her date John McCain or Rick Perry???????????????

    February 20, 2009 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. Deloris b Bennett

    Janelle Sure SarahPac is going to send Palin and then she is going to go back toAlaska and charge them also she charged 215.00 to the state the last time she paled around with Obama.

    February 20, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. lil duckie

    Is Paplin bringing all her family the grandbaby also???????????????

    February 20, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Mayfield

    Maybe Palin will take some food back to the hungry starving villagers in her state that she is not helping

    February 20, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |

    @ Ken, your worried about the cost of this dinner and the cost of flying to Denver to sign the bill? Are you for real? What did Bush cost this nation in a war we should of never started, IRAQ. What is the cost for that. Don't sweat the small stuff. We are in this mess because of the last administration.

    February 20, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. Norris

    Palin better not show up in those RNC clothes and go go boots. Get out the camera. Watch her Whose clothes is she wearing or did SarahPac autorize her a new spending tab????????? Is she staying at the Ritz Carlton?? Is the entire family there for official business that wat she can charge the Great State of Alaska.

    February 20, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  10. lr

    I think that a lot of people in financial trouble are not comfortable to see others ( leaders etc) to spend money on something which people – hard working people would like to have too : parties, dinners, better cars, fancy clothes, vacations, ....if people cannot afford this, then they grow sad, bitter, feel that someone is taking advantage of them....
    people want their good time and things to have too.

    February 20, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  11. Ted Stevens

    I hope she leaves those Go Go Boots in Alaska that she so girly teenager maybe they belong to Bristol

    February 20, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  12. knock knock RJ

    You have the right to an attorney RJ.

    February 20, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. my

    maybe they could make another party for poor, homeless so they can have good food for once...?

    February 20, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. Norris

    Disd SarahPac authorize her a new spending tab???????????

    February 20, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. Bankrupt in USA

    Michelle Obama looks so glamorous and yet she is an everyday woman with 2 daughters. What an outstanding first lady. We are so lucky to have her represent our country.

    February 20, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. Gary

    Mr. President, spread the wealth, spend the wealth. Money is falling form the sky. Catch it and spend it. Hypocrites. Americans watch your every step and hope it will all boomerang. You should know the reality of life on the main street.

    February 20, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  17. Gary

    Mr. President, spread the wealth, spend the wealth. Money is falling from the sky. Catch it and spend it. Hypocrites. Americans watch your every step and hope it will all boomerang. You should know the reality of life on the main street.

    February 20, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  18. shannon

    why are the people who support hope and change so obsessed with hating Sarah Palin. It's really weird, the way you go on and on about her. I just didn't vote for her, these odd rants about her, no matter what the topic are getting so boring. I guess you all need someone to hate, hope and change just doesn't seem to be working for you. I agree all Presidents have State dinners that's not a big deal, give it a rest.

    February 20, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  19. swann

    I fo not think Todd will be going he does not seem like the fake type. What McCain will she be greeting in nothing more that a bath towe??? If she bring the kids she can let them play with the Obama girl and she can call that offical business and charge the state a per for their travel and lodging.... You are right she better not show up in those go go girl boots, so not professional look like Julia Roberts the hooker in Pretty Woman

    February 20, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  20. Nita

    Is SarahPac sponsoring this trip and are they purchasing her clothing for the party

    February 20, 2009 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. fred

    why does Mrs. Obama look like an in-shape Oprah in that picture?

    February 20, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  22. GraceR

    Too bad, Nita...Palin won't be there. She is currently in rural Alaska distributing food to the hungry.

    February 20, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  23. GraceR

    Can't you people even read? Palin herself asked the state budget office to determine if she owes taxes on per diem. They decided that THEY made a mistake by not including it in her W-2 for 2008. Taxes are not even due for 2008 until April 15th, 2009, so they are not BACK taxes. sheesh

    February 20, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  24. Vicki

    It makes me feel like I'm apart of the celebration. I want ALL of the details about every Whitehouse gala and party. We all need a little more enjoyment in our lives. Everyone is so uptight and angry. Doom and gloom on the TV at home, backstabbing and worrying about what everyone but yourself is doing at work, and all the road rage on the way home. I say ENOUGH! We'll make it through this season. Oh ye of little faith!

    February 20, 2009 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. Kent

    I wonder if Governor Palin will be billing her state for her per diem charge while she gets a free meal at the White House?

    Maybe she can convince the RNC to buy her something nice to wear to the event.

    February 21, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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