January 1, 2020, 09:30
Blue House State Reception House, Seoul.
When President Suh Hyun-woo appeared for his New Year's address, some 300 people at the State Reception House welcomed him with warm applause. Moments later, he stood at the podium.
His appearance was instantly followed by the shutter sound of dozens of journalists' cameras going off all at once. Broadcasting crews were also there, and they broadcast coverage of his address throughout the country.
"Thank you. Thank you. Would you please sit down so I can start my address? Hahaha," said the president, tongue-in-cheek, when the applause didn't die down.
"People might think you are all my close friends and relatives," joked the president again, probably intending to lighten the atmosphere before starting his speech. The guests responded to his joke by laughing again.