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John Adams

What sort of stuff do people steal from the White House?

Every detail of the recent state dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was carefully orchestrated and touched with the kind of sophistication one would expect from the White House — from the cherry blossom and orchid table arrangements to the perfectly chilled sake guests sipped during the opening toast. But just before the dessert course, waiters executed an extraordinary maneuver; they deftly removed all the vermeil eagle place-card holders from the tables so that guests would not be tempted to swipe them on the way out. Such is the reality of entertaining in the White House: despite the elegant setting, or maybe because of it, there's always a risk items might...