While the White House was welcoming the foreign president (the eighth time the two presidents have met), those on Capitol Hill cited reasons why the U.S. should not be so diplomatic with the current Chinese president.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, (R-NJ) touted president Hu as China's "iron fist in Tibet, referring to the Chinese leader's activities in the region during his career.
Outside the White House protesters held signs that read "Hu Jintao: Failed Leader" and chanted "Free Tibet now."
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The State Dinner
All the trade, trust, and human rights issues aside, the real talk of the day was the state dinner and what the First Lady would be wearing. Here we see the First Lady wearing a beautiful off-the-shoulder (because we know she likes to show her shoulders) gown, her hair up, with shawl draped around her arms.
Of the 225 guests scheduled to attend were Jackie Chan, Vera Wang, Olympic skater Michelle Kwan, and Barbara Streistand.
|State Dinner arrival: President and First Lady Obama welcome Chinese president Jintao Hu at the North Portico of the White House. Photo/CD Brown.|