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There are dozens of high-profile U.S. political figures and A-lister names in entertainment and media, but the night's top drama may be on the dinner plate.

Eighty-four-year-old lobsterman

Freshly caught lobsters sit in a barrel aboard Andrew Gove's boat. Amelia Kunhardt of the Portland Press Herald poses for a picture.

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The first of Biden's presidency and the first held since the start of the Covid-19 epidemic were held at the formal dinner.

An award-winning Oregon cheese plate, beef with shallot marmalade, and butter-poached Maine lobster can be found on the menu.

MRAG Americas, Inc. pulled its certifications for lobsters caught in the Gulf of Maine due to concerns about the fishing lines used to connect the traps to the floating buoy.

The White House served lobster after two major seafood groups said Maine lobsters are not sustainable and Whole Foods stopped selling them.

In recent years, federal regulators have proposed stricter rules for the lobster industry, including asking lobstermen to use less fishing lines and stronger rope if whales get entangled.

The Maine Lobstermen's Association and Maine lawmakers argued in court that the decision threatens the livelihoods of thousands of lobstermen and could hurt Maine's economy.

If the Biden White House can prioritize purchasing 200 Maine lobsters for a fancy dinner, then the President should do the same.

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The number is 200. The White House shipped in a lot of lobsters from Maine. The people arrived Tuesday.

Crucial Quote

The fact that this is a dinner for France, which is famous for its cuisine, is an indication that you can't go wrong serving Maine lobster. The removal of a sustainable label for Maine lobster was opposed by King.

Key Background

After the business portion of the state visit, top-level discussions on issues like climate change and the war in Ukranian took place. Biden said at the news conference that he would be willing to talk with Putin if he showed an interest in ending the war. The White House pulls out all the stops to impress foreign guests at the state dinner of official state visits, which usually includes royalty. The first state dinner was held in 1874 by President Grant.


During his visit to New Orleans on Friday, he will have the chance to eat more seafood as he promotes the French language in Louisiana. It will be the last stop on his three-day journey.

There is controversy over Biden's state dinner with the president.

Maine lobsters lose their sustainable food label in the fight to protect the right whale.