The Washington Times - March 14, 2012, 08:34PM

When it comes to appearances at state dinners, President Obama is keeping score.

Mr. Obama was standing with first lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday night at the White House when their guests of honor, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, arrived for the state dinner on the South Lawn.


As Mrs. Cameron stepped out of a town car, Mr. Obama commented, “very pretty.”

Then he turned to his wife and said, “They look better than us.”

Mrs. Cameron wore a sparkling, dark blue gown with elbow-length sleeves, according to a pool reporter who attended the event. Mrs. Obama wore a sheer, teal, floor-length gown with a short train in back. The president wore a standard tuxedo.

Among the guests at the dinner were actor George Clooney, Vogue magazine editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, billionaire Warren Buffett, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, British airline mogul Richard Branson, and Chicago real estate and casino magnate Neil Bluhm.

A total of 41 guests, including Mr. Bluhm and Ms. Wintour, are “bundlers” who have raised as much as a half a million dollars or more for Mr. Obama’s reelection campaign.