Boehner Turns Down Obama Invite

Barack Obama's first White House state dinner will be one guest short: House Minority Leader John Boehner has already turned down his much-sought-after invite, citing Thanksgiving commitments. The event will honor Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Politico notes that Boehner—who complained this month that Obama's White House has been snubbing Republicans—attended a Bush-hosted state dinner in 2007. Though the White House hasn't released a guest list, some invitations are known: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senators John Kerry (D-MS), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Dick Lugar (R-IN). Obama advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod will be there, as will Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke.