President Barack Obama is attending the Alfalfa Club dinner, an annual black-tie event of the capital's political and business leaders. It is the second club dinner the president is addressing in four years.
Obama is at the dinner at a hotel near the White House with his wife, Michelle.
The club's only mission is to put on the steak and lobster dinner and give political leaders a chance to share jokes and make humorous speeches. As in past years, the dinner was closed to the media.
Among those attending were numerous current and former senators, including John Kerry of Massachusetts and Pat Leahy of Vermont.
Obama last spoke at the dinner in 2009. He did not attend in 2010 or last year.