05/19/2010 09:19 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

White House State Dinner Waiters Dish On Hospitality Under Pressure

Freeman was not scheduled to work the state dinner for Mexico, but he knows what it's like to be on call for such a big night. He has gone through the Secret Service vetting and he knows the drill: Arrive early, set up the room and then leave to make way for the bomb-sniffing dogs. He has been a secondary server -- passing plates to nervous novice guests, as well as the more seasoned members of the Washington establishment. And he's even been the principal server, the one waiter designated by security who is allowed to approach the president and place his meal in front of him.

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