Wednesday, May 19, 2010

State Dinner With Mexico: Head Table

Who will sit with the President and First Lady?
Above, center, is the Head table for the State Dinner With Mexico, shot just before the dinner started in the East Room.

The table has seating for twenty, with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama seated on opposite ends. Mexico's President Felipe Calderón will be seated beside Mrs. Obama, and his wife, Mrs. Margarita Zavala, will sit beside President Obama. The President will sit at the end of the table that's in the foreground of the photo, according to Mrs. Obama's Press Secretary, Katie McCormick Lelyveld.

Here's how the full "boy-girl-boy-girl" seating arrangement will go, beginning with the President and moving to his right:

President Obama
First Lady Margarita Zavala
Mr. David Lizárraga
Mrs. Mary Kennedy
Ms. Maria Elena Durazo
Mr. Jason Seifer
Mrs. Landra Reid - wife of Sen. Harry Reid
Mr. Henry Tamarin
Ms. Maria Elena Salinas
Mr. Frederico Peña
First Lady Michelle Obama
His Excellency Felipe Calderón Hinojosa
Ms. Dolores Huerta - Co-founder of United Farm Workers
Associate Justice of Supreme Court Anthony Kennedy
Mrs. Priscilla Lizarraga of TELACU
Senator Iris Martinez - state Senator from Illinois
Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev)
Mrs. Nelia Peña
The Honorable John Pérez
Representative Nydia Velázquez (D-NY-12)

Related: The full guest list for the dinner is here; the menu and decor details for the East Room is here.