Obama: Final state dinner a 'bittersweet moment'

October 18, 2016 4:48 PM

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Obama: Final state dinner a 'bittersweet moment'

President Barack Obama called it a "bittersweet moment" on Tuesday as he and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed the Italian leader and his wife for an official visit and the final state dinner of his time in office. But the president added with a big grin: "We've saved the best for last."

With herald trumpets and a full dose of pomp and pageantry, the arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House turned into a time for nostalgia and a moment for mutual admiration between Obama and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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