Yes, this is kind of strange. Some critics of Barack Obama say that China’s Hu Jintao showed disrespect towards Obama by not wearing a black-tie. If that is true, Jackie Chan can be put into that category as well.
We can go back to the first state dinner by Obama, held for Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, to see the alleged disrespect shown as well. On the other hand, Mexico’s Felipe Calderon was with the program during his state dinner.
It looks like these state dinners are not the type where an establishment puts up a sign “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service.” It might be a formal, black-tie affair, but the guests are never turned away.