No, thanks. President Donald Trump says he’s got better things to do than attend the “boring” and “negative” White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Trump said Friday he’ll hold one of his signature political rallies as counter-programming to the glitzy April 27 press dinner, skipping the event for the third year in a row. “The dinner is so boring and so negative that we’re going to hold a very positive rally instead,” he said. Presidents and first ladies have traditionally attended the event, a fundraiser for college scholarships where politicians, journalists and celebrities mix. A number of reporting awards also are distributed at the dinner. Trump has not attended the dinner since he took office, but had suggested he might appear this year after organizers scrapped the usual format featuring a comedian and instead invited Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow to speak. Association President Olivier Knox said … [Read more...] about No-go zone: Trump to skip ‘boring’ White House press dinner
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Associated Press Published 7:05 AM EST Nov 21, 2018 Washington – President Donald Trump is suggesting he might attend next year’s White House Correspondents Dinner now that the event is no longer featuring a comedian. Trump tweeted Tuesday night: “So-called comedian Michelle Wolf bombed so badly last year at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner that this year, for the first time in decades, they will have an author instead of a comedian. Good first step in comeback of a dying evening and tradition! Maybe I will go?” The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Monday that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Chernow would address its annual dinner next year following the pushback over Wolf’s sharply anti-Trump performance last time. Presidents traditionally attend the dinner, but Trump has skipped it for two straight years. … [Read more...] about Trump says he might attend White House Correspondents Dinner
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Style by Paul Farhi by Paul Farhi Email the author April 29 at 12:05 AM Email the author There were no sitcom actors. No Olympians or supermodels or Real Housewives, either. Even some of the usual high-profile media names were missing, too. And for the second consecutive year, so was the president. The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday attracted about 3,000 journalists, random plus-ones and curious hangers on, but the usual buzz around the event was reduced to something more like a snore. The annual social rite of spring in Washington was less the government-meets-Hollywood-meets-the-press … [Read more...] about At the White House correspondents’ dinner, the buzz was reduced to a snore — until Michelle Wolf showed up
WASHINGTON — If President Donald Trump isn’t comfortable being the target of jokes, comedian Michelle Wolf gave him and others plenty of reasons to squirm Saturday night. “It’s 2018 and I’m a woman, so you cannot shut me up,” Wolf cracked, “unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000.” No, Trump’s personal attorney wasn’t there. And, for the second year, Trump himself skipped the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association, preferring to criticize journalists and others during a campaign-style rally near Detroit. Wolf, the after-dinner entertainment for the White House press corps and their guests, was surprisingly racy for the venue and seemed more at home on HBO than C-SPAN. After one crass joke drew groans in the Washington Hilton ballroom, she laughed and said, “Yeah, shoulda done more research before you got me to do this.” As he did last year, Trump flew to a Republican-friendly … [Read more...] about Michelle Wolf draws laughs, gasps at correspondents’ dinner
Lally Weymouth, Donald Trump and Melania Trump at the 2011 White House correspondents’ dinner. (Clint Spaulding/Sipa Press via AP) If some media and political pundits are to be believed, President Trump sits in the White House today as the result of several hours one warm April evening about seven years ago: the 2011 White House correspondents’ dinner. That year, at the invitation of none other than The Washington Post, Trump — then best known for being the host of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” — attended the event, an annual gathering of journalists that typically has been headlined by the sitting president. But Trump announced over the weekend that he won’t attend this year’s version of the dinner. Trump was no ordinary celebrity guest in 2011, however. In addition to being a reality TV fixture, he was then one of the most vocal opponents of President Obama, leading the “birther” movement that had … [Read more...] about Trump was mocked at the 2011 White House correspondents’ dinner. He insists it’s not why he ran.