U.S. President Barack Obama raises a toast of ''wisdom sake'' to honor guests Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife First Lady Akie Abe during their State Dinner at the White House. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe toasted relations between the U.S. and Japan at a state dinner at the White House on Tuesday evening (April 28). Toasting with sake, Obama said, "To the friendship between our two peoples and to our magnificent alliance...may it endure for all seasons and all time." Obama then read a haiku: "Spring, green and friendship/United States and Japan/Nagoyaka ni, which means 'harmonious feeling'." Abe told guests that he spent the past couple of nights "seriously practicing" the speech he'll deliver Wednesday to a joint meeting of Congress. "My wife unfortunately told me that she is getting tired of listening to my speech so last night we ended up in separate rooms," he said.