First Lady visits Mexico in April; Smoot's debut...
Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the second State Dinner of the administration on May 19.
During a Thursday press briefing that took place in the Rose Garden, when he also announced that President Obama will delay his trip to Indonesia in favor of wooing Congress to pass health care reform, Mr. Gibbs gave the formal tip.
"In recognition of the deep ties and strong relationship that President Obama has forged with Mexican President Felipe Calderón, President Obama and the first lady will host President Calderon and the Mexican first lady in a White House --at the White House for a state dinner on Wednesday, May 19th," Gibbs said.
He added that the dinner will take place in the context of an official visit by President Calderón. Under discussion: Economic competitiveness, growing security cooperation, clean-energy opportunities, immigration, and "other key issues." (Above: The President and President Calderón at a tequila distillery in Guadalajara, last August)
Mrs. Obama will make her first solo foreign trip in her official capacity as First Lady to Mexico next month, for a two-day stint in Mexico City, April 13-15. She hosted Mexico's First Lady, Margarita Zavala de Calderón, at the White House earlier this month.
May's event will be the State Dinner "debut" for new Social Secretary Julianna Smoot, who is expected to begin her duties imminently, before the April 5 Easter Egg Roll. President Obama's trip to Indonesia has been rescheduled for June.
*Photo by Pete Souza/White House. One of his artier foodie shots...