Lots of Floridians will be attending tonight's state dinner at the White House, in honor of the visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron. From the White House-provided list:
Dr. Jean-Phillipe Austin, of Miami, and Mrs. Maggie Austin; Mr. Joe Echevarria of New York, and Mrs. Anna Maria Echevarria of Miami; Mr. Joseph Falk of Miami, and Mr. Mark Scott; Mr. Don Hinkle of Tallahassee, and Ms. Mimi Graham; Ms. April Holmes, Paralympian, of Kissimmee, and Ms. Estee Portnoy; Mrs. Ginni Rometty of New York and Mr. Mark Rometty of Bonita Springs, Fla.; and Mr. Paul Tash, Chairman and CEO, Times Publishing Company, St. Petersburg, and Mrs. Karyn Tash.
The Washington Post notes that Cameron's visit is not a state visit "because the monarch, not the prime minister, is head of state." So the White House, the British ambassador explained, has come up with terminology "fit for a man who's not a king." They're calling it an official visit with a state dinner.
Other bold face names at the dinner: Actor George Clooney and investor Warren Buffett.