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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on a state visit to the United States, and earlier today she held a press conference with prominent American leaders like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She came bearing a gift for her old pal Hillary, too — a framed German newspaper with a picture of their midsections, allowing readers to compare. Uh... thanks, Merk? It's that old Prussian sense of humor about ladies' hips, we guess. Germans are nuts. Anyway, Hilldawg got a good laugh out of it.

The White House will host its fourth state dinner tonight in honor of Chancellor Merkel. We're guessing that Gawker's invitation was lost in the mail? Oh well, these things happen. But we can still salivate over the menu:

White House Garden Chopped Salad
Fine Herbs
White House Honey Gastrique

Tuna Tartare with Rye Crisps
Pickled Young Carrots and Mustard Oil
Spring Pea Salad
Shaved Ham and Ginger Snaps

Petit Filet
With Maryland Crab Ravioli
Wild Ramp Puree

Apple Strudel
Golden Raisins and Tophen

"Wild Ramp," you guys.

[via National Journal]