“She represents the unification of Europe through her own life story and the capacity to overcome the past and point towards a brighter future,” Obama said at a joint news conference with Merkel at his side.
There was very little color among the dark-clad dinner guests. Like Mrs. Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stood out in white, with a two-piece outfit by Thierry Mugler.
“Very old,” she pronounced it.
It began with a 19-gun salute on the South Lawn and included meetings with Obama and his advisers, the news conference in the East Room and a State Department lunch.
Amid all of the evening’s finery, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., offered a reality check when reporters asked who made her gown.
“This would be …” she began, then confessed: “OK, it cost $170. And the shoes, $29.” And she kicked up her heels to show off her bargain find.
Menu and other dinner details: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/uploads/germany_state_visit.pdf