Finger sandwiches and cookies in the Yellow Oval Room...
Washington, DC - As their husbands met at the White House for the first time since 2009, First Lady Michelle Obama on Friday hosted a tea for Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, wife of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India. The intimate get together in the Yellow Oval Room was during the day, but blue candles were lit as the ladies were photographed during the closed-press affair. (Above, a White House photo)
A vermeil tree with finger sandwiches and cookies sat beside the candles and lush floral arrangements on the table as Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Kaur sat before the fireplace in the room in the private residence that is often used for formal private receptions for important guests. A tea cup is visible in the photo beside Mrs. Obama, who wore a bright silk dress with a mixed floral and plaid pattern. Mrs. Kaur was clad in a traditional sari, cream with lavender embroidery. Their husbands, meanwhile, were meeting in the Oval Office.
The President and Mrs. Obama visited the Prime Minister and his wife in New Delhi when they traveled to India in 2010, and the two couples have met in between at international summits, such as the G20.
Mrs. Kaur, 75, arrived with her husband in Washington on Thursday, and she also attended the formal swearing-in ceremony for Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Raised in Kansas, President Obama's pick for the position is the first federal circuit judge from South Asia, and has been serving since May of this year. His formal investiture in the ceremonial courtroom of the E. Barrett Prettyman Courthouse was conducted by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, and was a festive affair.
Mrs. Obama and Mrs. Kaur were also photographed in the Yellow Oval Room during the Prime Minster's Official Visit and State Dinner in November of 2009.
*Top photo by Amanda Lucidon/White House; second by Chuck Kennedy/White House