Who's Sitting with the President at Tonight's State Dinner?S

Chinese President Hu Jintao is visiting America this week to figure out the best places to install giant hydroelectric dams once China conquers us. And tonight is the much-hyped State Dinner. Wanna know who's sitting with the president?

Here's the head table, via the Washington Post's Reliable Source blog:

Who's Sitting with the President at Tonight's State Dinner?S

Which person doesn't belong?

  • Chinese President Hu Jintao
  • Communist Party Central Committee head Ling Jihua
  • President Jimmy Carter
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star B.D. Wong

If you said Jimmy Carter, correct. He's not even Chinese!

There are many other interesting guests: Herbie Hancock, Vogue editor Anna Wintour, Barbra Streisand, Wendy Deng Murdoch sans Rupert, and Jackie Chan. (You can read the full guest list here.) The New York Times frets over the logistical difficulties of inviting both Hillary and Bill Clinton: Should he be her "plus one," or should they both get official invites?

Jackie Chan presents a problem, too: Do you also invite Jet Li and just hire extra help to clean up after the inevitable kung fu battle that ensues? And if Chan brings Chris Tucker as his plus one, do you sit them at opposite sides of the room so their dumb race jokes don't ruin the entire evening?