First State Dinner of the second term and seventh of the Presidency will be in October...
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will roll out the red carpet on October 23 for Dilma Rousseff, President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, when the President welcomes her for a State Visit and State Dinner, the White House announced on Wednesday. The first woman elected president of Brazil, Rousseff, 65, welcomed President Obama to Brasilia for a State Visit in 2011, three months after she took office. (Above, the Presidents during the arrival ceremony at the Palacio do Alvorada)
Rousseff's invitation as the guest of honor for the first State Visit of President Obama's second
term, and his seventh State Dinner, spotlights the importance of Brazil as a global partner. The two largest economies and democracies in the Western Hemisphere, the US and Brazil "share one of the most important trade and economic
relationships in the world," according to the White House.
Rousseff's State Visit "will allow the two leaders to continue developing and strengthening the
strategic partnership between the United States and Brazil," said Press Secretary Jay Carney.
"The two leaders will highlight the importance of expanding
dialogue and cooperation between the United States and Brazil on a
growing number of bilateral, regional, and global issues, as well as the
deep cultural ties and friendship that exist between the peoples of our
two countries," Carney said.
The White House made the announcement as Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Brazil today to formally extend the invitation to Rousseff, who last visited President Obama at the White House in April of 2012.
It's "the only State Visit that will occur in Washington this year," Biden said during a speech in Rio de Janeiro.
"The President looks forward to welcoming President Rousseff
back to Washington and working with her to advance our increasingly
common interests as two hemispheric and global partners," Carney said.
As is the case for all State Visits, Rousseff's day at the White House will be
filled with formal pomp and circumstance, beginning with a full-dress
military Welcome Ceremony on the South Lawn. There will be bilateral meetings, and a luncheon at the State
Department, capped by the glamorous,
black-tie State Dinner that will include A-list guests and celebrity
performances, as well as a carefully crafted menu.
"Further details" about President Rousseff's visit "will be provided in the coming months," Carney said.
President Obama's previous State Dinners...
During his first term, President Obama welcomed six world leaders for State/Official Visits and State Dinners, the highest honor from an American president. He hosted the final State Dinner of his first term in March of 2012, for British Prime Minister David Cameron. In 2011, President Obama welcomed three leaders: Then-President Hu Jintao of China in January; Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in June; and then-President Lee Myung-bak of the Republic of Korea in October. (Above, the President and President Hu toast at the State Dinner)
The first leader honored by President Obama was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India in November of 2009, followed by then-President Felipe Calderón of Mexico in May of 2010.
*Top photo courtesy Government of Brazil, by Roberto Stuckert Filho/PR/Brasília - DF; second photo by Lawrence Jackson/White House