President Obama toasts South Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the White House state dinner. (South Korea state dinner photo gallery) (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

In an evening that progressed from muggy drizzle to thunderous downpour, guests attending Thursday’s state dinner honoring South Korean President Lee Myung-bak arrived in various states of disarray. But hey — the weather is always a great topic to bond over.

“So much for the hair salon,” sighed ABC News’s Juju Chang as she slogged past reporters.

So it was that President Obama and the first lady welcomed Lee and 224 other guests for an evening of otherwise undampened spirits. It was the administration’s fifth state dinner, and it was beautiful — once people dried off. . . Read full story: White House state dinner for South Korea has sparkles amid the rain, 10/14/11

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