On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, President and Mrs. Obama hosted a state dinner in honor of Felipe Calderon, the President of Mexico and First Lady Margarita Zavala de Calderon. This was the second state dinner of the Obama administration, the first honored Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India.
A state dinner is part of an official state visit and provides the president and first lady the opportunity to honor the visiting head of state and his or her spouse. It brings to mind the tradition of breaking bread with friends to seal a friendship. It is also an event that showcases global power and influence.