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.


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.