When the cameras roll, they show the faces everyone knows. But for every major White House or State Department event, dozens -- sometimes hundreds -- of other people are at work out of camera range, making preparations and doing their best to ensure everything will run according to plan and to schedule. In this Photo of the Week, which comes to us from the White House, Ambassador Capricia Marshall, Chief of Protocol, waits for the arrival of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt on the South Portico of the White House. The Office of the Chief of Protocol fosters an environment for successful diplomacy by ensuring that appropriate hospitality is extended to foreign missions and their visiting leaders.
A major focus this week has been on the Middle East, with both White House and State Department meetings to relaunch direct negotiations among the United States, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority in pursuit of a final settlement and a just peace, with two states living side-by-side.