Jackie Chan, Vera Wang, Bob Iger and Willow Bay, Anna Wintour, Christiane Amanpour, Barbra Streisand, B.D. Wong, Herbie Hancock and James Brolin are among the celebrities attending tonight’s White House state dinner for Chinese president Hu Jintao. Also present: Wendi Murdoch, although her husband Rupert was traveling, she said, and could not make it.
According to the pool report, Chan arrived with a big SLR camera, which he gave to his date before talking to a line of press. “I just want to take some photo,” he said.
Jon Huntsman, U.S. ambassador to China, was asked if he plans to run for the Republican nomination in 2012: “We’re loyal to our country and our president.” Earlier, President Obama responded to a question on whether Huntsman would run. “I’m sure the fact that he’s worked so well with me will be an asset in any Republican primary,” he said sarcastically.
Update: Asked by a member of the press why she was invited, Streisand deadpanned, “I worked in a Chinese restaurant.”