Category: Erik Goldstein

President Obama went to 3 state dinners in Asia. Here’s how they work

April 30th, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

State dinners are the glitizest of official functions, where everyone wants an invite, wardrobes and the guest list are scrutinized, toasts are made and bands play everything from the Star-Spangled Banner to the theme from “Beverly Hills Cop” (more on that later)…

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How much do state dinners cost, and are they worth the expense?

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Newsmakers, Washington Post 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

Well, the first thing to know is that the dinner isn’t really for them. It’s mainly for you…

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“It’s a useful way to signal a close relationship, reinforce it, [or] mark a new phase in the relationship. It is theater. A state visit is diplomatic theater. This [dinner] is the punchline.”

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State dinner for France’s Hollande may get awkward after his breakup

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama’s first state dinner was memorable for who showed up uninvited. His sixth, a high-glitz affair for the president of France scheduled for Tuesday, may be remembered for who was initially invited but did not attend…

Expert quote:

“For President Hollande, it comes at a useful moment for him to show him operating at a world stage.”

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5 Things to know about Tuesday’s state dinner

February 11th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

President Barack Obama welcomes French President Francois Hollande to the White House on Tuesday for an awkwardly timed state dinner, coming on the heels of Hollande’s recent and very public split from Valerie Trierweiler, his longtime partner and de facto first lady. Here are five things to know about the dinner:…

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Hollande’s US visit to rekindle Franco-American affairs

February 10th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Newsmakers, Sydney Morning Herald 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

You don’t hear talk of “cheese eating surrender monkeys” in Washington, DC, these days. With the French President Francois Hollande in town for a state visit the focus is on the warmth of the relationship between America and its oldest ally, France, whose troops turned the tide at the battle of Yorktown, helping America win its revolution…

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For Obama, state visits prove to be complicated affairs

February 9th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Newsmakers, USA Today 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

President Obama has had more than his fair share of headaches when it comes to hosting state visits…

Expert quote:

“It was to be a thank you to France for France’s role in a number of international arenas. I suspect President Hollande wanted a high profile visit showing him the most powerful person in the world, because of being at the bottom of the polls in France in all polls since polling began. I don’t think anyone anticipated his personal life to hit the media in quite the way in did.”

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French President Hollande likely to attend U.S. state dinner without a date

February 8th, 2014 in 2014, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Globe and Mail, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

French President François Hollande’s suddenly public romantic entanglements have forced some re-arranging of chairs at next week’s glittering White House state dinner. It seems Mr. Hollande won’t be bringing either the jilted French first lady or his actress-mistress to the White House…

Expert quote:

“They can signal a new stage in relations or testify to longstanding goodwill.”

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Hollande’s Stag Visit Shows Obama No Reagan at Dinners

February 5th, 2014 in 2014, Bloomberg, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

For a White House that lives by the mantra “No Drama Obama,” state dinners have provided enough suspense to fill a “House of Cards” episode…

Expert quote:

“I feel sorry for the protocol office of the White House. They have to come up with every contingency, and this is one they probably couldn’t have anticipated.”

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Pomp of state dinners fading even before Brazil canceled

October 7th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, McClatchy Newspapers, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s decision to snub President Barack Obama over a state visit to the United States is the latest blow to a ceremonial event that’s becoming increasingly rare…

Expert quote:

“State visits take time, they absorb a lot of energy, therefore presidents don’t do many of them.”

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Money men: Top donors traditionally cash-in with plum diplomatic posts

April 8th, 2013 in 2013, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Erik Goldstein, NBCNews.com, Newsmakers 0 comments

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Erik Goldstein, College of Arts & Sciences

When the phone rang at the bar of a Brussels restaurant in 1991, it was extraordinary — not just because the president of the United States was on the other end, but because the message being delivered by George H.W. Bush flouted more than 200 years of tradition when it comes to how Washington doles out ambassadorships…

Expert quote:

“They just shake their heads. But they understand the American system and know this is a political reward. This is the price of doing business with the U.S., and you have to deal with the No. 2.”

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