Tales from the Trail

The First Draft: White House “gate crashers” to tell their own story

November 27, 2009

She’s blond and beautiful. He’s debonair. Together, with irresistible charm and a voracious appetite for self-promotion, they penetrated White House security to attend this week’s state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and got close enough to kiss Vice President Joe Biden.

Q: When is a “state visit” not a state visit?

November 24, 2009

A: When the visitor is not head of state.

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The flags are out in Washington for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is on what is widely billed as the first official state visit of the Obama administration.