Attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner Is a Bad Look for Biden 2022-04-30 05:01:09


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It took several years, but the Washington press service returned his party favor to its traditional form. This is bad news.

Although the Biden administration waited a little more than a week to confirm attendance — in part due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak caused by the last Gridiron dinner — it was confirmed The President and First Lady attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“TheWHCA is pleased to host President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden as we honor the First Amendment at our April 30 dinner,” White House Correspondents Association He said on Twitter.

Every president since Calvin College has attended WHCA’s annual dinner with an exception Donald Trump. For him, the media are “enemies of the people”. In 2019, the Trump administration forbidden From attending any of its officials dinner.

Dinner was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, so this marks the official return to the Washington tradition. I understand Biden’s good intentions, but the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is one tradition in which I wish the plague had died out. Or at least, he changed dramatically during her absence.

Consider all the bad news in the world – which diners are supposed to cover. Well, at least at night, instead of doing their jobs, they hook up with celebrities par excellence. Given inflation, the constant plague, and the series of other problems affecting the nation, Return of “Prom Nerd” Feel bad timing. Looking at the times, going back to the scene seems to me a bad idea.

The guest list indicates the frivolity of the event.

Martha Stewart He will be present as a guest on daily mail. Michael Keaton will be a guest on ABC News. It looks like CBS News is bringing Drew Barrymore and Melinda Gates as their guests to dinner. It will be Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson sitting At the Disney/ABC table.

Once dinner is over, Comcast and NBC News will host a popular after-party at the Kennedy Center with DJ Jaime Ferreira. As if that wasn’t enough, CBS will also be throwing a party later this year at the French ambassador’s residence.

Let me just say that I adore Martha Stewart; Michael Keaton is my favorite Batman; I own a Drew Barrymore mirror; I am watching Kardashians on Hulu; I laughed at Pete Davidson. But what are they doing here?

Shouldn’t the press staff and the president spend time together in more formal settings?

Biden just ran Nine official press conferences in his first year in office Until January – half of what Trump held during his first 12 months in the White House. To be fair to Biden, I watched most of his press conferences and were miserable, not least because of the cliched questions asked of him. Most of the questions ignored other pressing matters such as climate change, debt cancellation, and the fact that democracy itself is at risk.

Oh, and the pandemic isn’t over, no matter what the White House Correspondents Association thinks.

On Tuesday, Vice President Kamala Harris shared her health news after returning from a week-long trip to California. “Today I tested positive for COVID-19. I don’t have symptoms and will continue to isolate and follow CDC guidelines. I am grateful to receive my vaccination and booster,” Harris wrote on Twitter.

But don’t worry about the boss.

“She has not been in close contact with the President or the First Lady due to their recent travel schedules. She will follow CDC guidelines and her doctors’ advice. The Vice President will return to the White House when her test results are negative,” Kirsten Allen, Press Secretary to the Vice President, added.

Another factor we He should Keep in mind: the president is 79 years old. With all due respect, at that age, if Biden couldn’t walk in a protective bubble, he should at least avoid being in rooms with hundreds of people.

I understand the venue will be tested for attendance, but if it can happen to the vice president, why not the president?

Yet here everyone is, celebrating a holiday with celebrity guests – as the world is falling apart and in the midst of a pandemic. I hope everyone has a good night, but it doesn’t seem like the time to have this kind of party.

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