Why Manmohan Singh is at the top of White House photographer’s state visit collection

Chief White House photographer Pete Souza chose to began his photo series with the image of former prime minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur being escorted by the Obamas.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 22, 2016 10:26 am
barack obama, manmohan singh, narendra modi, obama state dinner, pete souza, pete souza photos, white house photos, obama state dinner, world news First Lady Michelle Obama escorts Mrs. Gursharan Kaur, as President Barack Obama escorts Mrs. Kaur’s husband, former prime minister Manmohan Singh of India, at the conclusion of the State Arrival ceremony in the East Room of the White House. (Source: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

US President Barack Obama had hosted the 14th and final formal State Arrival Ceremony and State Dinner on Tuesday. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife Agnese Landini were welcomed to the White House with a grand reception. According to an Associated Press report, “the final gala meant everything was big or bigger, from the personality of the guest chef (Mario Batali) who collaborated on the menu to the size of the white tent (huge) on the South Lawn where the soiree was held to the guest list (nearly 400 people).”

The event seemed like a perfect opportunity for Chief White House photographer Pete Souza to share glimpses from some of the other state dinners hosted by the Obama administration over the last eight years. “To mark the occasion, I’ve selected some photographs from these visits. In my edit, I focused mostly on the formal and behind-the-scenes situations from the ceremony and dinner rather than on the substantive meetings that also take place,” wrote Souza in a post on Medium.

barack obama, manmohan singh, narendra modi, obama state dinner, pete souza, pete souza photos, white house photos, obama state dinner, world news The President and First Lady wait for former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s motorcade to depart at the conclusion of the first official state dinner for the Obama administration. (Source: Official White House photo by Pete Souza)

He chose to begin his photo series with the image of former prime minister Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur being escorted by the Obamas. Singh’s visit to the United States on November 24, 2009 was the first official State Visit hosted by President Obama after he was voted into power. In the image, one could see First Lady Michelle Obama escorting Kaur while Obama walks with the former prime minister of India. However, there are no photographs from PM Narendra Modi’s state visit from June 2016 in Souza’s photo series.

Other photographs include glimpses from state dinners hosted for leaders like Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Chinese president Xi Jinping, Mexican president Felipe Calderón, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Francois Hollande, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, former Britain prime minister David Cameron and Pope Francis. The photographer has also shared behind-the-scene images of the state dinners along with performances by Beyonce and US Marine Band.

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First Published on: October 22, 2016 10:13 am
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    Sampat
    Oct 22, 2016 at 7:02 am
    Something is burning.
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      Ankit bihari
      Oct 22, 2016 at 10:07 am
      History will more kind to manmohan singh.
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        Rajat
        Oct 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm
        Stupid article. So what the pic is at number one? It may have been chronological. Clearly mentioned that Indian PM was the first to be hosted. Kuch bhi....IE is also stooping to new lows to emulate the Hindu
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        1. शोभना विज
          Oct 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm
          अपनी कड़कती आवाज़ से आप सब को वश में कर लेंगे.... यह ज़रूरी नहीं ।
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            Abc
            Oct 22, 2016 at 6:24 am
            Useless.. He was much better and respected person not like someone who thinks he is bigger than the nation !
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              Asma
              Oct 22, 2016 at 6:16 am
              but was holding a genuine Oxford University Degree !
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                Adrian
                Oct 22, 2016 at 9:15 am
                Why are Modi bhakts burning up. Maybe MMS's photos were more natural and not contrived whereas Modi see's all his visits as just photo ops which good photographers soon realise!!!
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                  Vidhu
                  Oct 22, 2016 at 2:20 pm
                  He let all to loot freely. Spineless.
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                    Bhakt
                    Oct 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                    And Modiji is even better.
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                      Bhakt
                      Oct 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm
                      I thought all these were failures. ......
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                        Bhakt
                        Oct 22, 2016 at 2:17 pm
                        If it was so Kejriwal would have been behind the bar and you would not be writing your comments here... Think .
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                          Anil
                          Oct 22, 2016 at 6:30 am
                          There is no match to Manmohan Ji.Mr.Mr.Narendra Modi is no where near him...Sorry to say that.Mr. Manmohan was a statesman.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;3 years have gone ...what had NDA having a full majority and support. Only dramas..lt;br/gt;We have belittled ourselves internationally due to this.
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                            ARUNODAYA MOHANTY
                            Oct 22, 2016 at 10:30 am
                            Mr.Manamohan Singh was the best Primeminister of India after Madam Indira hi.
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                              Ashwin
                              Nov 8, 2016 at 11:16 am
                              well done obama
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                                Raj
                                Oct 22, 2016 at 9:57 am
                                If you oppose the Congress, you are a bhakt. These people are deceitful and living in a bubble - never vote for the Congress Party if you want India to succeed until they return back to their liberal strain and dump the 'First Family' business.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Never vote for the Congress Party.
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                                  Raj
                                  Oct 22, 2016 at 9:12 am
                                  Never vote Congress Party to power - they are engaged in deception by posing fake comments (like the BJP). Deceitful tactics.
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                                    Raj
                                    Oct 22, 2016 at 10:43 am
                                    No he was not, don't lie and deceive here. He was one of the worst. The best Indian Prime Minister was Nehru. Indira hi was the worst, imposed the emergency.
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                                      Raj
                                      Oct 22, 2016 at 9:57 am
                                      The Congress Party workers are adding in fake comments here. They are deceitful.
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                                        Raj
                                        Oct 22, 2016 at 10:44 am
                                        These people are posting fake comments. I repeat: lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;If you oppose the Congress, you are a bhakt. These people are deceitful and living in a bubble - never vote for the Congress Party if you want India to succeed until they return back to their liberal strain and dump the 'First Family' business.
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                                          Barb
                                          Oct 22, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                                          Even the last one?
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                                            Barb Dewyre
                                            Oct 22, 2016 at 12:26 pm
                                            And what is the present Prime Minister doing? Imposing emergency in minute doses.
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