The President and Mrs. Clinton Honor His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of
Morocco, and Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem at a White House State
Tuesday, June 20, 2000
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The President and Mrs. Clinton are hosting His
Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, and Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla
Meryem at a White House State Dinner on Tuesday, June 20, 2000. King Mohammed
VI and Princess Lalla Meryem will arrive at the North Portico at 7:15 p.m.
The President and Mrs. Clinton, and King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla
Meryem, will receive guests at the base of the Grand Staircase in the Grand
Foyer of the White House. Following the receiving line, the President and Mrs.
Clinton will escort King Mohammed VI and Princess Lalla Meryem into the South
Lawn Pavilion for dinner.
Tables in the South Lawn Pavilion will be set with dark green base
plates; cream china with a gold band will be used for service. Gold flatware
will be set on hunter green damask tablecloths. A "summer garden" of silver
Revere bowls and silver topiaries filled with varying shades of peach roses
will adorn each table. Crystal votive candles will surround the
Following the dinner, guests will be entertained in the South Lawn
Pavilion by Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and Grammy Award winners, Earth,
Wind & Fire.
WHITE HOUSE STATE DINNER MENU
THE STATE VISIT OF HIS MAJESTY MOHAMMED VI,
KING OF MOROCCO, AND HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS LALLA MERYEM
Tuesday, June 20, 2000
Pepper Seared Salmon Salad of Artichokes and Young Vegetables
Golden Tomato Gazpacho
Lemon Garlic Crusted Lamb Balsamic Glazed Vidalia Onions
Casserole of New Potatoes, Fava Beans and Chanterelles
Warm Goat Cheese Tart Spring Lettuce, Citrus and Radishes
Mission Fig Dressing
"A Moroccan Oasis" Orange and Date Sweet Delicacies Honey Mint
Sauce Sesame Honey Cakes - Almond Filled Medjool
Chateau Ste. Michelle "Reserve" Chardonnay 1997 Justin
"Isosceles" 1997 Argyle "Julia Lee's Block" Blanc de Blancs 1996
EARTH, WIND & FIRE
In the early 1970s, Maurice White enlisted his brother Verdine, a
classically trained bassist from Chicago; Philip Bailey, a four-octave
singer-percussionist from Denver; and Ralph Johnson, a
drummer-percussionist-vocalist from Los Angeles, to create a group called
Earth, Wind & Fire that would forever blur musical boundaries.
The band borrowed from nearly all styles of music - jazz, soul, funk,
gospel, blues, rock and dance - to create the unique sound that quickly topped
the charts around the world. In addition to introducing countless styles into
their music, Earth, Wind & Fire introduced elements of their African
heritage to an ever-expanding audience, and Maurice's kalimba, a handheld
African thumb piano, soon became a trademark sound.
In 1983, the group disbanded so that members could pursue individual
interests. Maurice released a solo album and produced superstars Barbra
Streisand and Neil Diamond. Verdine produced an album from British pop band
Level 42. Philip made several gospel records, one of which earned a Grammy
Award, and recorded "Easy Lover" with Phil Collins, which became an
Their solo endeavors reinvigorated the members of Earth, Wind &
Fire, who reunited in 1987. After 30 years of touring, Maurice broke from the
group, while Philip and Verdine kept the rhythm going. As Earth, Wind &
Fire continued to perform, Maurice built a state-of-the-art recording studio
and produced several jazz projects, eventually unveiling a boutique record
label which he named Kalimba Records.
An encounter with Earth, Wind & Fire is not soon forgotten - their
skillful combination of vocal interplay, sophisticated instrumentation and
complex arrangements has inspired musicians for decades. Behind 22 albums, six
Grammy Awards, four NAACP Image Awards and induction into the Rock & Roll
Hall of Fame is the timeless music of Earth, Wind & Fire.
It is with great honor that President and Mrs. Clinton celebrate the
visit of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, with a dynamic
performance by Earth, Wind & Fire, a legendary creative force whose music
transcends generations and musical boundaries.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S GIFT TO HIS MAJESTY MOHAMMED VI, KING OF
The official gift for His Majesty Mohammed VI, King of
Morocco, from President Clinton on the occasion of his state visit to
Washington, D.C., is a Tiffany & Co. handcrafted sterling silver cache pot
with an engraved inscription to King Mohammed VI. The piece features an etched
border design inspired by a cornice found in the President's Oval Office and an
etched floral design taken from the fireplaces in the Green and Red Rooms of
the White House. The flower in the center is a dogwood blossom, a tree
frequently found in the President's home state of Arkansas. The Presidential
Seal is engraved on the bottom of the silver piece. The cache pot was designed
exclusively as a gift for President Clinton to present on the occasion of a
state visit. Every American president has had a signature gift to give during
MRS. CLINTON'S GIFT TO HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS LALLA
The official gift for Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem
from Mrs. Clinton is a Judith Leiber evening handbag. Ms. Leiber, a
Hungarian-American, is renowned as the world's foremost designer of fine
handbags. The tiny jewel-encrusted evening sachets for which she is most noted
are wearable, collectable art forms coveted by celebrities and socialites and
are in the permanent collections of such museums as the Smithsonian Institution
and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The book entitled, Judith Leiber:
The Artful Handbag, accompanies the gift.
OFFICIAL DELEGATION GIFT:
The official gift for members of
the Moroccan delegation is a 12-inch Tiffany & Co. pewter Chippendale tray
with an inscription commemorating the state visit to Washington, D.C., of His
Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, and Princess Lalla Meryem.
HIS MAJESTY KING MOHAMMED VI's GIFT TO THE PRESIDENT:
Majesty Mohammed VI, King of Morocco, presents to President Clinton a dagger
decorated with gold and encrusted with diamonds and emeralds.
HER ROYAL HIGHNESS PRINCESS LALLA MERYEM'S GIFT TO MRS.
Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryem presents to Mrs.
Clinton a hand-painted ceramic pitcher with gold lip and handle. This gift was
designed by His Majesty King Mohammed VI.
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