The White House reporters’ dinner, Washington’s prestigious exhibition, returned to the U.S. capital Saturday night after years of epidemics and Trump, with the president’s self-mockery and support for the press not really renewed.
With Joe Biden on stage and comedian Trevor Noah as MC, the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) hopes to return to a tradition in which every president since 1924, except Donald Trump, has participated since 1980.
About 2,600 evening-dressed journalists and their guests will attend at least two mandatory events: the president’s speech is expected to be humorous and satirical about himself, and the speech of comedians after Joe Biden. .
In addition to Trevor Nova, host of the popular show The Daily Show, Kim Kardashian and British comedian James Gordon will open the evening with a video.
The political and media elite of Washington remember Obama’s years, especially in 2011, when he targeted Donald Trump for his taste in conspiracy theories.
When he came to power, the Republican leader avoided every evening of constantly attacking journalists who were “enemies of the people.” During the last edition, in 2019, neither the president nor the comedian came.
This time, Joe Biden will be there to “prove his support for the independent press,” according to his spokeswoman Jen Zaki, who says comedians will “be on the menu as he pleases”.
With Kovit-19, the 79-year-old president’s existence has been questioned by some, with his vice-president Kamala Harris testing positive last week. The White House has said he will wear a mask except when he speaks.
In addition to the glow, dinner will be intensified by the war in Ukraine.
“I always have respect for the press, but I can not say how much I appreciate it,” Joe Biden, a journalist sent to Ukraine, recently announced.
Steven Portnoy, WHCA President for CBS Radio, said the evening, dedicated to the best journalists in history, was a time to return to tradition with today’s awards and tribute to “colleagues who died on the ground in Ukraine”.
And, “there may be some surprises,” he adds.
This article was automatically published. Sources: ats / afp
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