President Barack Obama is skipping an annual rite of passage for Washington's movers and shakers: the exclusive Alfalfa Club dinner on Saturday night.
Obama attended last year's affair, held less than two weeks after he was sworn in to office.
The White House did not explain the president's decision not to attend this year.
The dinner traditionally is closed to the media but is known for its jokes and speeches. The president usually is invited to deliver remarks.
The Alfalfa Club exists solely to put on the annual dinner.
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