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Biden brings back state dinners, holiday parties to White House

WASHINGTON – In a candlelit pavilion on the White House lawn Thursday night, President Joe Biden raised his glass to French President Emmanuel Macron and proclaimed “Vive la France and God bless America!”

Musician Jon Batiste, the evening’s entertainer, had already promised to light up the black-tie soiree.

“It’s going to be fire,” Batiste told reporters as Cabinet members, congressional leaders, Hollywood celebrities, business titans and others arrived at the White House for Biden’s first state dinner.