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More banquet, less politics - US coverage of PM's Visit

world Updated: Nov 26, 2009 10:32 IST

The US media, over the past few days, has covered the flair and panache of first state dinner hosted by President Barack Obama for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, more than the politics of the visit.

Television and newspapers highlighted every aspect of the event including its dinner menu, guest list, decorations, the Naeem Khan designed dress worn by First Lady Michele Obama, and the toast made by President Obama where he said "Aapka Swagat hai" (you are welcome).

The CNN channel covered the grand dinner for about two and half hours with the Prime Minister's visit being covered by Larry King who interviewed Khan–the designer of the dress and an intensive report in their morning show called American Morning - focusing on "why India is important to America".

The New York Times that covered the dinner wrote that while the dinner had all the old traditions, "President Obama and his wife Michelle made sure to infuse the glittering gala with distinctive touches.

"And the Obama's shook things up by serving, among other dishes, Indian food to an Indian delegation, typically a no-no," writes the daily, which scanned the menu for its website.

The NY Times blog called the Caucus was constantly updated particularly during the joint press conference.