The most recent State Dinner held at the White House was for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Mrs. Gursharan Kaur of India hosted on November 24, 2009. (Our coverage here).
A Message From President Calderon at the State Dinner
President Calderon points out the similarities between he and President Obama, explaining the two want the same things - "Happiness of our people."
"We both belong to the same generation, almost the same age. We both are lawyers, for a time we went to the same University; we both marrieed a beautiful, charismatic and intelligent wife; both of them are lawyers, we both are left handed, and are president of two beautiful countries and in charge of millions of beautiful souls... but we share something more important: we both are looling for the same dream: the happiness of our people".
"We not only are neighbors, not only partners, not only allies: We really are friends", said Calderón.
Welcoming Mexico's President
President Calderón and Mrs. Zavala were welcomed at the White House earlier this morning on the South Lawn of the White House by President Obama and First Lady Michelle where a 21 Gun Salute and the singing of the National Anthem of Mexico along with the U.S. National Anthem were performed.
Mrs. Obama and Mexican First Lady Margarita Zavala visited the New Hampshire Estates Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland in the afternoon where the issue of immigration came to a head when a student commented "Barack Obama is taking everybody away that doesn't have papers", to which Mrs. Obama replied, "“We have to work on that. We have to make sure that people can be here and get the right kind of papers; that’s exactly right. We have to work on that. We have to fix that.” (See video)
The First Lady participated in an exercise session with the students as part of her Let's Move! campaign which stresses the importance of exercise and healthy eating for youth to combat obesity in a generation. In that spirit, the kids dined on a lunch of whole grain breaded chicken drumstick, seasoned potatoes, dinner roll, broccoli cuts with ranch dressing, assorted fresh fruit, and milk.
Mrs. Zavala then presented gifts to the students—little books about the butterflies of Michoacan, Mexico, home of several famous Monarch butterfly reserves.
Joint Press Availability
In the afternoon President Obama held a 'press conference' with President Calderón on the South Lawn where the two reaffirmed their committment to the two countries, both expressing how the two countries "compliment" each other.
"I can highlight here that the areas where we agree are broader than our differences", said Calderón.