State dinner for Cameron includes musicians and actors from both sides of the pond
The guest list was heavy on celebrities but also included donors to the President's re-election campaign.
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"No, it's Chevy Chase from 'Caddyshack,'" Cameron said his wife had told him.
Apparently, a memo went out that blues were the color of the night. Both first ladies and a healthy share of their guests turned up in the color.
Mrs. Obama wore Marchesa, to the delight of Weinstein and his wife, Georgina Chapman, the designer of the first lady's gown. Both pronounced themselves surprised when reporters told them what the first lady was wearing.
"I'm knocked out," Weinstein enthused.
Obama gave the Camerons a sartorial thumbs-up as they arrived, declaring, "They look better than us."
During his dinner toast, Cameron complimented both wives while joking about his Tuesday night out with Obama at a college basketball game in Ohio.
"We have to have a guys' night out because so often we find we are completely overshadowed by our beautiful wives," the prime minister said.
The White House made sure to save a seat at the table for more than 30 of Obama's top fundraisers — the so-called bundlers who each have helped raise at least $50,000 for the president's re-election effort.
A number of coveted seats went to supporters who have raised between $200,000 and $500,000 for Obama, and at least nine went to donors who have raised more than a half-million dollars for his campaign, according to the AP review. They include Weinstein, New York financier Orin Kramer and Miami public policy consultant Joseph Falk.
Kramer and Falk also have given more than $10,000 apiece to Priorities USA Action, a "super" political action committee supporting Obama's re-election bid. Priorities has struggled to raise the kind of big cash flowing to super PACs supporting Republican candidates, although Obama recently encouraged his supporters to donate to the group.