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Old 06-14-2019, 12:16 PM
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Originally Posted by CTchic View Post
The outgoing Press secretary Sarah Sanders requested an autograph of the state dinner menu from Prince Charles. He sadly obliged. I find it incredibly crass that she asked. Last I heard, royals are not celebs.
She is running for governor of Arkansas BTW and chances are she will probably win the race if she gets the Republican because nomination.
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Old 06-15-2019, 08:37 PM
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She is not running for governor. Trump said she should, his Words do not make it real
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Old 06-15-2019, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by loonytick View Post
Thereís long-standing custom in DC of high-ranking officials kindly agreeing to sign the programs of lower-ranking folks, especially if the event in question can count as that personís first in some way. You can see it in the television coverage of the annual State of the Union address; as the President slowly makes his way out after the speech, new members of Congress gather at the aisle for handshakes and to give their program to the president to sign. Iíve heard that White House staffers often get SOTU programs signed every year. Those programs are treasured as private keepsakes. Coming from that custom, I can see why it would feel natural to Sanders to ask the prince to sign the program of what us likely the grandest state dinner sheís attended (and what she likely already knew would be her final state dinner).

That said, she should have been briefed that the customs are not the same in the UK.
There is a difference between asking your president or Supreme Court justice to sign something for keepsake than do it at a State event with a foreign dignitary.
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Old 10-16-2020, 11:02 PM
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Sorry about this very late post.

Sarah Vine, columnist for the Daily Mail and also Michael Gove's (then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) wife wrote about the event of the State Banquet for President Trump's State Visit. She did mention that had Jeremy Corbyn (then Leader of the Opposition) and other Shadow Cabinet members or Shadow Secretary of State accepted the invite and attended, she would not "make the cut". She also mentioned
"Of course, it wasn’t really me who was invited, it was my husband who, as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has actually earned his place at that table — with many others equally, if not more, worthy."

This article was published on 5th June 2019
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