Sunday, October 2, 2022

White House Correspondent Dinner Returns, with Biden Headlining

White House Correspondent Dinner Returns, with Biden Headlining

US President Joe Biden will resume Washington tradition by speaking at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on Saturday night, the first president to speak at the annual event since 2016.

After being canceled for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic and boycotted by Donald Trump during his presidency, this year the event, featuring remarks from comedian Trevor Noah, returned with enthusiasm.

More than 20 WHCA-related parties are being staged around Washington before and after the big event on Saturday night and will include several senior administration officials as well as celebrities from the entertainment world.

However, the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Washington, particularly the outbreak of journalists’ white-tie gridiron dinners in early April, has prompted caution at White House dinners.

Organizers are required to test every attendee for the virus, and some top officials, including infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci, have dropped out.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that Biden would take extra precautions at the event — leaving only the dinner portion and attending only the speakers’ program. He may choose to wear a mask when he is not speaking.

When asked what Biden would say to the crowd, Psaki said, “I’ll lower the expectations and say it’s not funny at all.”

In recent weeks, the president has mostly been exposed at overcrowded White House events, but those events had less attendance than Saturday’s dinner, which is expected to seat about 2,600 journalists, Washington officials and celebrities.

The White House Correspondents Association was founded in 1914 and since the first in 1921 has hosted a dinner nearly every year to celebrate the journalists who cover the presidency and raise money for scholarships.


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