The Washington Post's Monica Hesse and Roxanne Roberts report that Thursday night's state dinner — the fifth one the Obamas have hosted — was marked by a thunderous downpour, but guests' spirits were undampened.

In his predinner toast, the president said, "I'm going to be brief because President Lee has had a very full day — and a very wet day."

Once everyone dried off, South Korean President Lee-Myung-bak spoke about the "everlasting friendship" between his country and the United States to a crowd that the Post describes as "short on glitz, heavy on political clout," with an unusual number of administration officials in attendance. 

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As is tradition, messy political conversations were set aside for the evening. But that didn't keep House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) from turning down the president's state-dinner invitation for the fifth time. He missed Michelle Obama in a purple, one-shouldered gown by Doo-Ri Chung (a Korean American designer), a few Korean American celebrities, a "fall harvest"-themed menu and performances by Janelle Monae and the Ahn Trio, the Korean American classical-music sister duo.

Check out the Washington Post's photo gallery of the event.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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