U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama give their 13th and final state dinner of the Obama presidency, welcoming Italian Prime Minister Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini to the White House. Mana Rabiee reports.
It was a bittersweet moment when the red carpet was rolled out at the White House. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle, welcoming Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renz and his wife, Agnese Landini … for the 13th and last state dinner of Obama's presidency which ends January 20th. nats Obama's toast The guest list included prominent Italian Americans... nats announcer "Mrs Nancy Pelossi..." And entertainers like musician James Taylor and comedian Jerry Steinfeld... nats "I'm Jewish but I identify as Italian" But the evening was just a break from an otherwise serious meeting between the two leaders…on subjects ranging from the fight against Islamic State, to the current US election campaign. One top White House advisor saying, Obama thinks Renzi is one of Europe's promising young politicians. nats Renzi's thank you Some 400 guests celebrated the special connection betweent he U.S. and Italy -- making the final state dinner for the Obamas also the largest.