FAREWELL, MY PRESIDENT
Giovanna Battaglia: My Visit to President Barack Obama’s White House
Courtesy of Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert
In October, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a state dinner for then Italian prime minister Minister Matteo Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini. It was the last of the Obamas’ 13 grand state dinners, drawing to a close eight years of elegant entertaining at the White House. W’s intrepid globetrotter Giovanna Battaglia Engelbert was there to capture it all, from the First Lady’s spectacular Versace dress to the glamour of the Vermeil Room and its Jackie O. portrait, and she’s sharing it now, the day after the president’s emotional farewell address in Chicago.