When the British royals visited Franklin Roosevelt at the White House during similarly difficult times, they famously barbequed hot dogs on the White House lawn. It was a public relations coup for both the president and the royal family. The public in both countries loved it.
Yesterday, "President Obama opened his first state dinner . . with a toast for India's prime minister in which he called the United States' relationship with India a "great and growing partnership." . . . their guests, including . . . a sprinkling of Hollywood moguls, went to dinner under a white tent . . . It was a glittery assembly . . . The first lady wore a strapless, champagne-colored gown, embellished with silver accents and with a matching shawl by Indian-American fashion designer Naeem Khan. She wore large dangling earrings and an armful of churis, traditional sparkly Indian bangle bracelets. . . . After-dinner entertainment was to include performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and Oscar winners Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) . . . Those invited included Hollywood directors . . . news anchors . . . novelists . . . and governors."
It's the difference between class and clueless.