Vanity Fair’s review of the White House state dinner, fêting South Korea’s President reports the lighting was a “little too disco” and Michelle’s dress was needlessly belted. The real problem for VF’s Mean Girls review was the guest list, damned as “totally devoid of glamour” save for Nancy Pelosi’s husband who has the grace to be “tall, dark, handsome, and rich.” The rest apparently comprised of uninteresting officials and unknown Korean Americans.
The PR dilemma? What to prioritize? Relations with South Korea or the White House style archives? A Camelot legacy requires less Realpolitik and more Hollywood. Tough choices.
The PR Verdict: “B Minus”. A sensible choice. It is better to put the national interest first, even if the party isn’t very A list. Maybe invite Lindsay Lohan to a smaller more intimate affair?
For the Vanity Fair review read this: