:becky: The White House literally rolled out the red carpet to welcome Mexican President Felipe Calderón and his wife Margarita Zavala May 19. While in Washington, Calderón met with U.S. officials and addressed Congress, but one of the highlights of his itinerary (at least for many Americans) was the state dinner in the Calderóns honor. The state dinner is an elegant affair that attracts politicians and celebrities alike. It was only the second such dinner of the Obama administration. Tonight we celebrate the bonds we share, as neighbors and as friends, Obama said during his toast. President Calderón also gave a toast. Today I have once again seen that we share the hope to turn this relationship between the people from the United States of America and the people from Mexico into an example of how much can be achieved among neighbors when working together under the guidance of common ideals such as peace, security, prosperity, freedom and democracy, he said.