Photos: Obamas Host African Leaders Dinner
Although the event wasn’t billed as a state dinner, it most certainly had an air to it.
Dignitaries and heads of state in attendance for the three-day U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit were feted Tuesday night at the White House. Chief of Protocol Peter Selfridge told the Washington Post that he was prepared to pull out all the stops for the guests, including official greeting duties. He shook hands and walked the VIPs up and down the red carpet as they pulled up in black town cars. The roll call lasted more than an hour.
“We strive to throw out the red carpet, both literally and figuratively, from their arrival at the airport to the end of the summit,” Selfridge said. “Just multiply everything by 50.”
The gala concluded an action-packed day of economic talks between U.S. and African officials and representatives from close to 100 American and African companies, which culminated in a pledge of $14 billion by the Obama administration in U.S. corporate economic investment on the continent.