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2012 White House State Dinner -- UK Prime Minister David Cameron

2012 White House State Dinner -- UK Prime Minister David Cameron

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STATE DINNER
 In Honor of  
 
 THE RIGHT HONORABLE DAVID CAMERON, M.P.PRIME MINISTER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM AND NORTHERN IRELAND
 and 
MRS. SAMANTHA CAMERON
 THE WHITE HOUSE
March 14
th
, 2012
 
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Overview 
Ofcial Arrival Ceremony 
Today, President Barack Obama hosts Prime Minister o theUnited Kingdom o Great Britain and Northern Ireland DavidCameron at the White House or an Ocial Visit and a StateDinner. This marks the sixth State or Ocial Visit o the ObamaAdministration, ater visits by India in 2009 (November), Mexicoin 2010 (May), China in 2011 (January), Germany in 2011 (June) andKorea in 2011 (October).The President and First Lady have invited more than 450 studentsages 8 to 18 rom the Washington area to help welcome theUnited Kingdom delegation at this arrival ceremony. Groups inattendance include the British School o Washington, DC; TheSEED School o Washington, DC; St. Anselm’s Abbey School o Washington, DC; and Hollin Meadows Science and Math FocusSchool o Alexandria, VA.The First Lady has also invited young women or an event ocusingon the importance o the UK Ocial Visit that will take placeprior to the evening’s State Dinner. Guests invited to this eventinclude students rom Elizabeth Seton High School in Maryland,National Cathedral School in Washington, DC and the ElizabethGarrett Anderson School (EGA), a secondary school or girls inNorth London. EGA, whose students will also attend the arrival ceremony, hasa special history with Mrs. Obama. In April o 2009, the FirstLady accompanied the President to London on their rst ocialinternational trip together. While there, the First Lady paid asurprise visit to EGA, where students are encouraged to “Learn,Achieve, Discover and Perorm Without Limits.” During this visit,Mrs. Obama praised the girls or their dedication to education andleadership in their communities and encouraged them to reach ortheir dreams. In February 2010, the First Lady invited a group o London students to the White House—including one rom EGA— who won a U.S. Embassy Black History Month essay contest. Mrs.Obama also spoke to EGA students at the University o Oxordin May 2011, as part o a day-long “college immersion” visit, andencouraged them to continue working towards their goals.
 
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Previous United Kingdom Ofcial Visits with State Dinners
Prime Minister Tony BlairUnited Kingdom Ocial Visit
 February 4- 7, 1998
Prime Minister Margaret ThatcherUnited Kingdom Ocial Visit
 November 15-17, 1988
Prime Minister James CallaghanUnited Kingdom Ocial Visit
 March 9-12, 1977
Mrs. Obama, Mrs. Cameron Visit American University 
On Tuesday, as part o the Administration’s welcome o PrimeMinister and Mrs. Cameron to the United States, Mrs. Obamainvited Mrs. Cameron to join her in an Olympic Games-themedevent with DC-area school children at American University.Fith graders rom MacFarland Middle School in Washington,DC, Manor View Elementary School in Maryland and ArlingtonScience Focus School in Virginia participated in a mini-OlympicGames competition in celebration o the 2012 London SummerOlympics and Mrs. Obama’s
 Let’s Move! 
initiative. Olympians andParalympians including Kortney Clemons, Dominique Dawes,Tom Dolan, April Holmes, Lisa Leslie, Lori Ann Lindsey, DanO’Brien, Becky Sauerbrunn, David Wagner and Mal Washingtonled the activities. At the event, Mrs. Obama announced thatshe will be leading the Presidential Delegation to the OpeningCeremonies o the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

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