Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Guest List: President Obama's State Dinner In Honor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel

More than 200 guests, including Cabinet Secretaries and lawmakers, but no Hollywood stars, no Nobel laureates...
The following is the list of guests President and Mrs. Obama expect to attend tonight's State Dinner in honor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It includes lawmakers and Cabinet Secretaries, and notables from the German American community, as well as a handful of well-known German artists and one German sports legend. Above: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (r) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao at the cocktail reception before the dinner.

Guests arrived through the Booksellers entrance in the East Wing. The relatively "low key" guest list is in contrast to the lists of luminaries who attended the three other State Dinners hosted by the President and First Lady, which included Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, rock stars, Academy Award winning actors, and civil rights legends. James Taylor is the only star on the list, and his band will perform at the dinner, which will be held in the Rose Garden. The menu is here.  The seating arrangement for the Head Table is here.

The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christophe Eschenbach, will also enthrall guests (and attempt to distract them from the 90 degree weather) as will Nurit Bar-Josef on violin and 15-year-old piano sensation George Li.

Office of the First Lady

Expected Attendees at Tonight’s State Dinner


Her Excellency Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Professor Dr. Joachim Sauer

Ms. Naomi Aberly, Dallas, TX
Mr. Larry Lebowitz

Mr. Jeremy Alters, Hallandale Beach, FL
Ms. Lina Guerrero, Miami, FL

Mr. Leo Apotheker, Palo Alto, CA

The Honorable Jorg Asmussen, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance, Washington, DC

Mr. Mark Ayers, Alexandria, VA
Mrs. Deborah Ayers

Mr. Stewart W Bainum, Chevy Chase, MD
Mrs. Sandra Bainum

The Honorable Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI
Mrs. Kris Barrett

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Vice President of the United States
Dr. Jill Biden, Spouse of the Vice President of the United States

Mr. David Billings, Washington, DC
Mrs. Rebecca Goodhart

Mr. Stephen Bittel, Miami Beach, FL
Mrs. Sabine Bittel, Coconut Grove, FL

The Honorable Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor to the Vice President, Office of the Vice President, Washington, DC

Ms. Sara Bloomfield, Washington, DC

Professor Dr. Wolfgang Bohmer, Former Minister-President of Saxony-Anhalt

Mr. Volker Bouffier, Minister-President of Hessen

Mr. Ulrich Braess, Washington, DC
Mrs. Dorothea Braess

The Honorable John Brennan, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, National Security Council, Washington, DC
Mrs. Katherine Brennan

Mr. Robert E Buccini, Wilmington, DE
Mrs. Elizabeth Buccini

The Honorable William Burns, Under Secretary for Political Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

General James E Cartwright, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Fort Myer, VA

Mr. Robert Clark, St. Louis, MO
Ms. Raschelle Burton

The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

The Honorable Daniel Coats, United States Senator
Mrs. Marsha Coats, Spouse of United States Senator

Mr. John Cooney, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Barbara Cooney

The Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA

The Honorable Jon Corzine, Former Governor of New Jersey
Mrs. Sharon Corzine

Ms. Sevim Dagdelen, Member of the Federal Parliament, The Left, Washington, DC

The Honorable William Daley, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, Washington, DC
Ms. Bernadette Keller

H.E. Dr. Thomas de Maiziere, Federal Minister of Defense

General Martin Dempsey, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army, Fort Myers, VA
Mrs. Deanie Dempsey

Mr. Kai Diekmann, Editor in Chief Bild/Bild am Sonntag

Mr. E.J. Dionne, Bethesda, MD
Ms. Mary Boyle

The Honorable Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, NSC, Washington, DC

Ms. Cathy Russell, Chief of Staff to Dr. Jill Biden

Mr. Kirk Dornbush, Atlanta, GA
Mrs. Barb Dornbush

Mr. William Drozdiak, New York, NY
Ms. Natalia Drozdiak, Bridgehampton, NY

Mr. David Duffy, North Kingstown, RI
Mrs. Heidi Duffy

Mrs. Leni Eccles, Belvedere, CA
Ms. Norma Douglas, Sun Valley, ID

Ms. Susan Eisenhower, Washington, DC
Mr. Bucky Clarkson, Jacksonville, FL

Mr. Christoph Eschenbach, Washington, DC
Ms. Jeanette Weaver Ruesch, Chevy Chase, MD

Mr. Richard Fante, AstraZeneca, Newtown Square, PA
Mrs. Janine Fante

Dr. Daniel E Fass, Klapper and Fass, Scarsdale, NY
Mrs. Jessica Fass, Riverside, CT

Mr. Otto Fricke, Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU

H.E. Dr Hans-Peter Friedrich, Federal Minister of the Interior

Mrs. Carol Fulp, Oak Bluffs, MA
Mr. Bernie Fulp, Boston, MA

Mr. Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles, CA
Ms. Amy Wakeland

The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Washington, DC
Mrs. Carole Geithner, Spouse of The Honorable Timothy Geithner

Mr. Robert J Gillette, Tempe, AZ
Ms. Lisa Bunch, Phoenix, AZ

The Honorable Austan Goolsbee, Chair, Council of Economic Advisors, Washington, DC
Mrs. Robin Goolsbee

The Honorable Philip Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
Mrs. Rachel Gordon

Mr. Thomas Gottschalk, Master of Ceremonies of TV Show

Dr. Emily Haber, Political Director of the Federal Foreign Office

Mr. Robert D Hansen, Midland, MI
Mrs. Kathleen L Hansen

Mr. Thomas Hesse, New York, NY
Ms. Gwendolyn Bellmann

Dr. Christoph R Heusgen, Advisor to the Chancellor, Washington, DC

Mr. Bruce Heyman, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Vicki Heyman

Mr. Doug T Hickey, San Francisco, CA
Ms. Dawn Ross

Mr. James Hoffa, Washington, DC
Ms. Meaghan Wolff

Ms. Kate Hughes, Princeton, NJ
Mr. Robert J Del Tufo

Mr. Helmut Jahn, Chicago, IL
Mrs. Deborah L Jahn

The Honorable Valerie Jarrett, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, Washington, DC

Professor Dr. Hans-Peter Keitel, President, Federation of German Industry

Mr. Craig Kennedy, Washington, DC
Ms. Karen Guberman

Ms. Lena Kennedy, Pasadena, CA
Ms. Teena Hostovich, La Canada, CA

Mrs. Katja Keul, Member of Parliament, Alliance 90/The Greens

Mr. Klaus Kleinfeld, Port Chester, NY
Mrs. Birgit Kleinfeld

Mrs. Freya Klier, Author

Mr. Jurgen Klinsmann, German Football Manager and Former Player

The Honorable Amy Klobuchar, United States Senator
Mr. John Bessler, United States Senate Spouse

Dr. Hans-Ulrich Klose, Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU

Mr. Stefan Kornelius, Washington, DC

Dr. Bernhard Kotsch, Deputy Head of the Chancellor’s Office

Mr. David Leonhardt, Bethesda, MD
Mrs. Laura Leonhardt

Mr. Daniel Libeskind, New York, NY
Ms. Nina Lewis-Libeskind

Mr. Bryan Lourd, Beverly Hills, CA
Mr. Bruce Bozzi, Los Angleles, CA

The Honorable Nita Lowey, United States Representative
Mr. Stephen Lowey, United States Representative Spouse

Mr. Noah Mamet, Marina Del Rey, CA
Ms. Jennifer P Lindberg, Los Angeles, CA

The Honorable Capricia Penavic Marshall, Chief of Protocol, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC

Ms. Marissa Mayer, San Francisco, CA
Mr. Zachary Bogue

The Honorable Mitch McConnell, United States Senator, Republican Leader
The Honorable Ms. Elaine L. Chao, Spouse of United States Senator

Mr. Robert A McDonald, Cincinnati, OH
Mrs. Diane McDonald

The Honorable Denis McDonough, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor, NSC, Washington, DC
Mrs. Karin McDonough

The Honorable Gregory W. Meeks, United States Representative
Mrs. Simone-Marie Meeks, Spouse of United States Representative

Ms. Darlene M Miller, Burnsville, MN
Ms. Terry Lee Strout, Minneapolis, MN

The Honorable Karen Mills, Administrator, Small Business Administration, Washington, DC

The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, Edgewater, MD
Mrs. Deni D. Mineta

Ms. Elizabeth Mohn, Washington, DC
Mr. Markus Dohle

Mr. Andreas Muhe, Photographer

Mr. Stefan Muller, Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU

The Honorable Philip Murphy, U.S. Ambassador to Germany, State Department, Washington, DC
Mrs. Tammy Murphy

The Honorable Thomas Nides, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, Department of State, Washington, DC

Ms. Virginia Moseley

The Honorable Samuel Nunn, Washington, DC
Mrs. Colleen Nunn, Atlanta, GA

Mr. Samuel Palmisano, Armonk, NY

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi, United States Representative, Democratic Leader
Mr. Paul Pelosi, Spouse of United States Representative

Mr. Antonio M Perez, Rochester, NY
Mrs. Lori Perez, Pittsford, NY

The Honorable David Plouffe, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor, Washington, DC
Ms. Olivia Morgan

Mr. Douglas Rediker, Washington, DC

The Honorable Bruce Reed, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, Office of the Vice President, Washington, DC
Ms. Bonnie LePard

The Honorable Susan Rice, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, New York, NY
Mr. Ian Cameron

The Honorable John G. Roberts, The Chief Justice of the United States
Mrs. Jane Roberts

Mr. James Rogers, Charlotte, NC
Mrs. Mary Anne Rogers

Dr. Irene B Rosenfeld, Northfield, IL
Mr. Richard Illgen, Kenilworth, IL

H.E. Dr Philipp Rosler, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology

Ms. Diane Sawyer, New York, NY

His Excellency Dr. Klaus Scharioth, Germany’s Ambassador to the United States, Washington, DC
Mrs. Ulrike Scharioth

H.E. Dr. Wolfgang Schauble, Federal Minister of Finance

Mr. Eric Schmidt, Mountain View, CA

Mr. Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of Hamburg

Mr. Jurgen Schulz, Head of Division, Federal Chancellery

Mr. Jon Schumacher, Saint Paul, MN
Ms. Mary J Briggs

Mr. Jerry Seib, Chevy Chase, MD

Ms. Barbara Rosewicz

The Honorable Steffen Seibert, State Secretary, Spokesman of the Federal Government

The Honorable Jeanne Shaheen, United States Senator
Mr. William Shaheen, Spouse of United States Senator

Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs, NSC, Washington, DC

Dr. Jeffrey Randall

The Honorable Eric K. Shinseki, Secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
Mrs. Patty Shinseki, Spouse of The Honorable Eric Shinseki

The Honorable Jim Steinberg, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
Ms. Sherburne B. Abbott

The Honorable Ellen Tauscher, Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC
Mr. James Cieslak

Mr. James Taylor, Burbank, CA
Mrs. Caroline Taylor

The Honorable Tina Tchen, Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady, Washington, DC

Dr. Steven L Ullestad, Northeastern Iowa Synod, Cedar Falls, IA
Mrs. Ruth Ullestad

Mr. Bernd Ulrich, Deputy Editor in Chief of Weekly Newspaper Die Zeit

Mr. Arnold Vaatz, Member of the German Bundestag, CDU/CSU

The Honorable Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC

The Honorable Debbie Wasserman Schultz, United States Representative
Mr. Steven Schultz, Spouse of United States Representative

Mr. Perry Weitz, Huntington Bay, NY
Mrs. Felicia Weitz

H.E. Dr. Guido Westerwelle, Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs