Photos: Obama's State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao

Obama is hosting Chinese President Hu Jintao.

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Elements of China's culture and style abound at Wednesday night's White House State Dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao. At a dinner preview this afternoon, China's national color, yellow, was seen throughout the cocktail area and the linens used were decorated with a motif of the country's national bird, the pheasant.

The dinner is taking place in the Blue Room, Red Room, and State Dining Room and the coloring was different for all. While first lady Michelle Obama did not make the traditional unveiling of the table settings and food for the press, the staff said that the place settings were from the Clinton, Reagan, and Truman administrations and the menu included lobster, beef and old fashioned apple pie.

The entertainment is an eclectic mix including jazz star Herbie Hancock, trumpeter Chris Botti, jazz vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, and pianist Lang Lang.

Here are some pictures of the scene:

The menu for tonight's dinner includes a hard to get Quilceda Creek Cabernet Columbia Valley 2005

Table setting in the Blue Room

Table setting in the Red Room

A White House usher puts finishing touches on President Obama's head table

A table setting in the State Dining Room where the president will be

Colorful seat cushions and confusion outside the dining rooms

And here is a list from the White House of who is expected to attend:



The Honorable Madeleine Albright, Washington, D.C.

Ms. Alice Albright

Ms. Christiane Amanpour, ABC News, New York, NY

Mr. James Rubin

The Honorable David Axelrod, Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor

Mrs. Susan Axelrod

Mr. Jeffrey Bader, National Security Council

Ms. Rohini Talalla

The Honorable Elizabeth Bagley, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kevin Frawley

Mr. Steven Ballmer, Microsoft, Redmond, WA

Mrs. Connie Ballmer

Ms. Bette Bao Lord, New York, NY

The Honorable Winston Lord

Mrs. Denise Bauer, Belvedere Tiburon, CA

The Honorable Howard Berman, Representative from California

Mrs. Janis Berman

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

Dr. Jill Biden

The Honorable Joseph Beau Biden, III, Attorney General of Delaware, Wilmington, DE

Mrs. Hallie Biden

His Excellency Zheng Bijian, Chairman, CIIDS

His Excellency Dai Bingguo, State Councilor

Mr. Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY

Mrs. Laura Blankfein

The Honorable Antony Blinken, Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor, Office of the Vice President

The Honorable Stephen Breyer, United States Supreme Court

Dr. Johanna Breyer

Mr. Greg Brown, Motorola, Schaumburg, IL

Mrs. Anna-Louise Brown

The Honorable Dr. Zbigniew Brezezinski, McLean, VA

Mrs. Emilie A. Brzezinski

The Honorable Kurt M. Campbell, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

The Honorable Lael Brainard, Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs

The Honorable James E. Carter, former President of the United States

Mrs. Rosalynn Carter

Mr. Jackie Chan, Beverly Hills, CA

Mr. Phillip Button

The Honorable Elaine Chao, Washington, D.C.

Dr. James Chao

His Excellency Wang Chao, Vice Minister for Commerce

His Excellency Tung Chee Hwa, Vice Chairman, CPPCC, former Hong Kong Chief Executive

Mr. John A. Chen, Chairman, Committee of 100, New York, NY

Mrs. Sherrie Chen

The Honorable Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

Mrs. Mary Pat Christie

The Honorable Judy Chu, Representative from California

Ms. Chiling Tong

The Honorable Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy

Mrs. Jean Chu

The Honorable Hillary R. Clinton, Secretary of State

The Honorable William J. Clinton, former President of the United States

The Honorable James E. Clyburn, Representative from South Carolina

Mr. John Clyburn

The Honorable Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Mrs. Maggie Daley

The Honorable William Daley, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff

Ms. Bernadette Keller

His Excellency Chen Deming, Minister of Commerce

Mr. Jamie Dimon, JP Morgan Chase & Co., New York, NY

Mrs. Judith Dimon

The Honorable Thomas Donilon, Assistant to the President and National Security Advisor