Remarks by the First Lady at the Kenya State Dinner Media Preview

May 22, 2024

[As prepared for delivery.]

Tomorrow night, we mark the 60th anniversary of the United States' partnership with Kenya with an elegant dinner under the stars, in a pavilion made almost entirely of glass, looking up at our one sky.

While, outside, night surrounds us, inside, guests will be brought together over the glow of candles, in a space saturated with warm pinks and reds.

The night will feature special performances to honor President and First Lady Ruto's love of Gospel and Country music: the amazing Howard Gospel Choir and the incredible Brad Paisley.

As guests leave, their path illuminated by our one moon, I hope they will be filled with that same warmth I felt on my visits to Kenya – that of a friendship that will endure, helping create a shining and prosperous tomorrow.

Every detail of this State Dinner has been thoughtfully planned by so many people from across our government – Joe and I could not have asked for a better team. And, I am once again grateful for Bryan Rafanelli's brilliance and partnership.

Finally, to bring some of tomorrow's hospitality to today – we will share with all of you a little taste of the meal our incredible chefs are preparing for the guests.

Now, please welcome, our Social Secretary, Carlos Elizondo.

Jill Biden, Remarks by the First Lady at the Kenya State Dinner Media Preview Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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