A real opportunity
The impact of the state dinner will be measured (with great difficulty) by the impression it leaves with the guest of honor. In almost every case, that impression will be a positive one, and it should leave the honoree with a more favorable view of both the president and of the country. That it will have a major substantive effect on policy is doubtful, but it should make future communication easier.
The internal pressure on the honoree to say nice things is profound; look at the way in which President Obama is felt to have spoken about China in too accommodating a fashion in Asia last week, under circumstances less honorific than a state dinner in the White House.
This is a real opportunity for the president to strengthen a vitally important relationship with India.
Posted by: satyamgarg | November 24, 2009 9:06 AM
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