Obama's State Dinner: Who's There, Who's Not

What, no Oprah?

By Steve Bryant
|  Tuesday, Nov 24, 2009  |  Updated 8:13 PM CDT
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Obama's State Dinner: Who's There, Who's Not

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The hottest ticket in the free world is to the first White House State Dinner of the Obama presidency.

The Obamas are honoring visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but in their own way -- unlike prior state dinners in the high-ceilinged State Dining Room, the Obamas will gather a few hundred VIPs in a heated tent on the South Lawn.

Below, the attendees from Chicago. But perhaps, more importantly, who's not on the list?

Oprah Winfrey, for one, who broke precedent to support Obama during his campaign. Maybe she had a scheduling conflict? In LA? Oprah BFF and party alternate Gayle King's was on the list.

Also not on the most exclusive guest list in the DC area: Dick Durbin, an early supporter.

And of course, Mayor Daley, despite the inclusion of New York's Mayor Bloomberg. Curses.

Here's the list:

The President & First Lady Michelle Obama

The Honorable (Mr.) David Axelrod, White House Communications

Mrs. Susan Axelrod

The Honorable (Ms.) Melody Barnes, Domestic Policy Council

Mr. Marland E. Buckner

Mr. Ari Emanuel 

Mrs. Sarah Emanuel

The Honorable (Mr.) Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to the President

Ms. Amy Rule

The Honorable (Attorney General) Eric Holder, United States Attorney General, Department of Justice

Dr. Sharon Malone, MD

Ms. Gayle King

Mr. Judd Miner

Mrs. Linda Miner

Mr. Newt Minow

Mrs. Josephine Minow

Mr. Martin Nesbitt

Ms. Anita Blanchard

The Honorable (Governor) Deval Patrick, Governor of Massachusetts (D)

Mrs. Diane Patrick, First Lady of Massachusetts

Mrs. Penny Pritzker
Dr. Brian Traubert

Mrs. Marian Robinson

Ms. Desiree Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and White House Social Secretary

Mr. John Rogers

The Honorable (Rep.) Jan Schakowsky, United States Representative (D/Illinois)

Mr. Robert Creamer

Dr. Eric E. Whitaker

Dr. Cheryl Whitaker

For the full list of all expected attendees, see chicagtribune.com.

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