Mark Landler of the New York Times: "The guest list, as always, drew from the worlds of politics, business, sports, news media and entertainment, with a nod to Americans of French extraction. Among the most notable was Edith Windsor, 83, the New Yorker whose landmark lawsuit against the government for denying her tax benefits after the death of her female spouse knocked down the Defense of Marriage Act last year. Among the Hollywood names on the list: the film star Bradley Cooper; the television comedian Mindy Kaling; the actress Cicely Tyson; the film and television producer J. J. Abrams; the talk-show host Stephen Colbert; and the actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, currently playing a dysfunctional vice president in the HBO series, 'Veep.'”
Brent Logiurato of Business Insider has a more extensive list of notables attending the dinner.
Inside the kitchen for the French state dinner:
Lucy McCalmont of Politico: "Joining [President Obama], the first lady and French President François Hollande during Tuesday’s state dinner will be musician Mary J. Blige.... And while the Obamas might be hosting the French president, they will be saying 'bon appétit' to what is a traditionally American menu during the state dinner. The event, to be held in a tent on the South Lawn, according to a menu provided by the White House, 'celebrates the best of American cuisine.'” State dinner preview, via Politico:
David Nakamura & William Branigin of the Washington Post: "President Obama on Tuesday called Syria a 'crumbling' state and acknowledged that the United Nations remains 'far from achieving' its goal of returning stability and normalcy to the war-torn nation, but he again ruled out direct U.S. military intervention. Appearing with French President Francois Hollande at a White House news conference, Obama maintained that international pressure on Syria to account for and relinquish its stockpile of chemical weapons has begun to make progress even as the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has missed a series of deadlines."
Presidents Obama & Hollande joint news conference:
Officials ceremonies Tuesday morning:
Mark Landler of the New York Times: " welcomed President of to the United States on Monday, deferring for a day the customary ruffles and flourishes of a state visit to squire him to [Monticello,] the mountaintop estate of an American president long identified with France."
President Hollande arrives in the U.S.: