A wistful Barack Obama welcomed Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to the White House for the last official state dinner of his presidency Tuesday night, lamenting that after eight years in office, he's no longer "the young guy."
Obama and his wife, Michelle, greeted Renzi and his wife, Agnese Landini, on a red carpet outside the White House as photographers' flashbulbs clicked away like old-fashioned typewriters.
(Because you have to when the red carpet rolls out, The Associated Press observed: "Once again, Mrs. Obama didn't disappoint, dazzling by wearing what the White House described as a rose gold chainmail gown by Italian designer Versace.")
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Toasting his guests on the South Lawn, the president noted that his 13th state dinner was also his last.
"Buona sera [Good evening]. Welcome to the White House and the final state dinner of my presidency," he said.
Then he added: "But in the immortal words of a great Italian-American, Yogi Berra, 'it ain't over till it's over.'"