United States President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle greet Italian PM Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini as they arrive for final state dinner. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (no reporter narration) STORY: After a day of meetings, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted the Italian PM Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landin as they arrived at the White House for the final Obama presidency state dinner on Tuesday (October 18). The final state dinner of Obama's presidency, which ends on Jan. 20, comes at an opportune time for Renzi, who faces a referendum on Dec. 4 that could decide his political future. Italy has been an ally in Washington's efforts in the Middle East, sending troops to support Iraq's fight against Islamic State and becoming a founding member of an international group seeking a political solution in Syria's civil war. Italy has trained local Iraqi police to establish order in Iraqi cities - a critical element of a strategy as Iraqi forces, backed by the U.S.-led coalition, begin an offensive to retake Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, which Islamic State seized in 2014. The leaders will dine in a shimmering tent with 400 guests, with a first course of sweet potato agnolotti and a main course of beef braciole pinwheel created by celebrity Italian American chef Mario Batali. The last time the United States threw a state dinner for Italy was in 1998. Among those present will be fashion designer Giorgio Armani; the Italian chef of Europe's CERN research center, Fabiola Gianotti; and Giusy Nicolini, the mayor of Lampedusa - a tiny Italian island that has taken in thousands of migrants.