As the White House readies itself for Tuesday night's State Dinner in honor of French president Francoise Hollande, First Dogs Bo and Sunny are getting ready, too – by brushing up on their French.
In a Twitter photo shared by First Lady Michelle Obama, the dogs are seen sitting ever-so-politely at an ornately decorated table with a caption that reads: "Bone appétit!"
The 350 guests expected in attendance tonight at the glam get-together, to be held on the White House's South Lawn, will be dining on food that "celebrates the best of American cuisine," including garden vegetables from the First Lady's kitchen garden, dry-aged rib eye beef and Hawaiian chocolate-malted ganache for dessert.
Hopefully White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford will prepare something special for the Obama family's canine members, as well – preferably in doggy bags!
Michelle Obama chose Carolina Herrera to design the blue and black gown she wore to the state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande.
The first lady appeared Tuesday at the White House in the full-skirted dress as she and President Barack Obama greeted Hollande. The White House confirmed it was a Herrera gown and the Venezuelan-American designer soon afterward put out a news release saying she made the dress at her New York atelier.
The gown featured a black hand-sewn and beaded embroidery applique top that came to Obama's elbows. She wore it over a blue corset and long liberty blue skirt and train that billowed behind her as she walked. The dress had a wide black velvet belt detail.
Bradley Cooper, Stephen Colbert, J.J. Abrams Invited to Dine at the White House With Francois Hollande
Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper is expected to join President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama—and 349 other guests—for a state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande Tuesday night at the White House.
Other expected guests include Stephen Colbert, J.J. Abrams, CNN head Jeff Zucker, Veep's Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman, The Mindy Project's Mindy Kaling, MSNBC's Rev. Al Sharpton and Tennis Channel's Ken Solomon.
With the mid-terms looming, the First Couple is throwing one of its biggest social affairs ever, abandoning the traditional White House dining rooms for a tent on the South Lawn that can accommodate big Democratic donors from across the country.
Cooper made the cut not only because of his Oscar nomination for his performance in American Hustle, but also because he’s a particularly knowledgeable Francophile, who picked up fluent French as a student at Georgetown and subsequently spent six months on an exchange prorogram in Aix-en-Provence.
Cooper apparently wowed French fans when he attended the Parisian premier of American Hustle on Feb. 3. Afterward, he gave interviews to the local press in fluent French, always a key to opening the provincial hearts of citizens of the Grand Republic.
Cooper praised his cast members and, with what the French would regard as almost un-American modesty, replied to a question about whether he was expecting an Oscar by saying in perfect French, "No, I don't think so. You never know, but I don't think so."
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