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Haslam gets invite to state dinner at White House

Associated Press • Feb 12, 2014 at 7:04 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was on

the guest list for a glitzy state dinner for French President Francois

Hollande at the White House.

The Republican governor last month

blamed scheduling conflicts for missing a planned tarmac meeting with

Democratic President Barack Obama when he visited Nashville for a speech

to McGavock High School.

But that didn't stop Haslam from being

among the 350 people invited to the Tuesday dinner that was scheduled to

include a performance from Mary J. Blige and feature a menu ranging

from caviar to cotton candy dusted with orange zest.


to state dinners have been especially coveted in recent years. Obama has

held just six over the last five years, while George W. Bush held the

same number over his entire eight years in office.

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