Usually politicians flock to a high-profile event like moths to a flame.
But we’re learning that isn’t quite the style of the new Speaker of the House.
The White House is rolling out the red carpet for China’s President Hu Jintao with one of the most formal of all events — the State Dinner.
This will be only the third hosted by President Barack Obama during the two years of his presidency — the previous ones were for the leaders of India and Mexico.
But one person who will be a no-show for the dinner in honor of the leader of the Asian economic powerhouse is Republican House Speaker John Boehner.
An aide tells our congressional correspondent Susan Cornwell that Boehner has declined an invitation to the State Dinner with the Chinese leader, but that the Speaker would see Hu on Thursday at a meeting on Capitol Hill. The aide said Boehner rarely attends state dinners.