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The First State Dinner: President Obama Welcomes Dr. Manmohan Singh of India

This is truly an amazing picture and moment in time.

A Black President of the United States of America and a Sikh as the Prime Minster of the Republic of India.  Two of the most highly capable and intellectual minds of our time recognized purely on substance.

In honor of the arrival of His Excellency Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of the Republic of India, and his wife, Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will held the first official State Dinner of the Presidency. The event was a celebration of President Obama’s deep respect for India and its people, setting the tone for a long-lasting relationship between the nations.

President Obama spoke of the enduring bonds shared by the US and India, and looked forward to continued cooperation rooted in strong democratic values:

And as the world’s largest democracies, we can keep faith with our common values — speaking out and standing up for the rights and dignity to which all human beings are entitled; and
showing that nations that respect the rights and aspirations of their people are ultimately more stable, more secure and more successful.

This is the India that America welcomes today — a leader in Asia and around the world.  (Applause.)  These are the challenges we are summoned to meet in partnership.  This is the progress that is possible — today and in the days and years ahead.

And, Mr. Prime Minister, as we build our common future, we can draw strength from our shared past.  For it was exactly 60 years ago, in a ceremony not unlike this, that an American president welcomed to the White House the first prime minister of an independent India.  And while the decades that followed were not without their challenges, the spirit of that first visit is with us today — the same sense of possibility, the same hope for the future.

For those Fashion lovers, Michelle Obama’s dress was designed by Indian-American designer Naeem Khan


November 24, 2009 - Posted by | Government, Politics | , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Hi very nice pics!! A very unique moment in history, a black president and a Sikh prime minister, about time!

    Thanks for sharing…esp the close ups of the michelle’s dress!

    Comment by Anonyomous | November 25, 2009 | Reply

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