This photograph depicts President and Mrs. Ford with French President and Mrs. Valery Giscard d’Estaing standing (center), dressed in formal attire and flanked by a military honor guard. The Grand Staircase of the North Entrance Hall is in the background. This photograph was taken prior to proceeding to the State Dinner held in honor of the French Head of State.
In 1949, the Communist Party seized power in China, and in response, the United States severed diplomatic relations. Thirty years later, the United States resumed diplomatic relations with China, and this 1979 photograph shows President Jimmy Carter, Vice Premier Deng Xiaoping, First Lady Rosalynn Carter and Madame Zhuo Lin stop for a formal pose on their way to the state dinner for the Vice Premier of China. It was the first time a Communist Chinese leader had visited the United States.
This item is a photograph of President William J. Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton attending a state dinner in the dining hall at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean President Kim Young-sam and his wife Son Myeong-sun are also pictured.