Tonight, the Obamas host South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok, for the fifth state dinner of this administration. The event is the second state dinner overseen by White House Social Secretary Jeremy Bernard, whose June evening in the Rose Garden, honoring German Chancellor Angela Merkel, featured greens from the First Lady’s garden and tunes from James Taylor, who puts the mellow in melody.
Rain has already darkened the day, and floor-length hems will be lifted above puddles and gutters when the guests reach the gates around 5:30, at which time Washington Post tweeting will commence. Updates will include notes from a very late-in-the-day preview, set to begin at 5 p.m., when reporters can first inspect table settings and menus and centerpieces. We’ll pass along guests lists and seating charts and on-the-fly observations, as guests get announced in the early evening. Oh, and if Michelle Obama wears a gown by Naeem Khan, that would count as a three-peat.GALLERY: See more photos of the first lady's style for diplomatic affairs
Read earlier: State dinner for South Korea guest list; State dinner for Korea preview: Michelle Obama’s dresses; a history of state dinners, 1013/11; State dinner guest David Kim, and how he almost missed it, 10/12/11; White House state dinner for Korea: We try to guess the guests, 10/5/11]