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State Dinners run amok! Is there a Dean in the house?

Suzanne Pollak

French President Francois Hollande (center), with first lady and President Obama, at Tuesday's state dinner. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / AP

French President Francois Hollande (center), with first lady and President Obama, at Tuesday's state dinner. PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / AP

What in the world was going on during the latest State dinner for the President of France? Far more unsettling than the last minutes change of invitation was the President and First Lady’s seating plan. Just because Hollande crossed the pond solo does not mean he needed to be wedged in between the two Obamas. Quelle Horreur! What in the world were they thinking? Or were they not? Among the crazy seating plans the Deans have seen, this triad ranks amongst the craziest.

Since recent State Dinners have swollen from 140 to 400 people, than surely there was another woman suitable to be seated on Hollande’s other side. Any man, but especially a Frenchman, prefers to be sandwiched between two glamorous women while dining. Hollande didn’t get all those mistresses by preferring the company of men.