Ten guests and plus-ones at Monday's White House state dinner for John Agyekum Kufuor, president of the Republic of Ghana, and Theresa Kufuor:
- Mark Langdale, former U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, Department of State, and Patricia Langdale
- Kwame Bawuah-Edusei, ambassador of Ghana, and Evageline Bawuah-Edusei
- Mark Affleck, director, Peace Plan, Saddleback Church, and Cindy Affleck
- Jean Driscoll, Olympian and motivational speaker, and Douglas Mitchell
- Nancy G. Brinker, chief of protocol, Department of State, and Marc Goldman
- George Ntim, president, African Development Foundation, and Tomra Cardin
- Steven Preston, secretary of housing and urban development, and Molly Preston
- Elaine L. Chao, secretary of labor, and James S.C. Chao
- Carlton Masters, co-chairman and CEO, GoodWorks International, and Hope Masters, president and CEO, Leon H. Sullivan Foundation
- Richard Grenell, spokesman, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Matt Lashey
I'm fairly certain I had never heard of Steven Preston before seeing his name on the state dinner guest list. Granted, he's only been the HUD Secretary for two months, but still.
And speaking of cabinet secretaries, I wonder why Elain Chao didn't bring her husband, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, to the state dinner?