Biden grabs headlines for renewed White House Correspondents’ Dinner 2022-04-30 19:05:00

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WASHINGTON — President Biden will crack jokes in front of more than 2,000 guests Saturday at the revived White House Correspondents’ Dinner as the capital’s largest annual gala returns after two years of COVID-19 restrictions.

The Correspondents, Officials and Celebrities Dinner will begin around 8 p.m. at the Washington Hilton and will include notes from the incumbent president for the first time since 2016 and entertainment from Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show”.

Kim Kardashian and Pete DavidsonDrew Barrymore and Bill Gates’ ex-wife Melinda French Gates are among the guests expected at $350 per seat.

The black tie party will continue despite fears that it will be one of the biggest spreaders of the pandemic. More than 10 percent Those in attendance at the similar but smaller and hottest Gridiron Club dinner in the capital this month have contracted the coronavirus.

The dinner kicks off a night of festivities and will be getting attention on the red carpet for the first time since the Obama administration.

The White House said attendees must provide proof of vaccination and a negative rapid test for COVID-19 on the same day, but Biden will not eat to reduce his potential exposure to COVID-19.

The Bidens at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 30, 2022.
The Bidens at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30, 2022.
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Biden is the first sitting president to attend since 2016.
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Trevor Noah, host of The Daily Show, is the headline for the dinner.
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The event is back following the COVID restrictions, but there are fears it will be super-spreading after a recent event triggered the outbreak.
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After dinner, Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzon and cryptocurrency platform Binance will host another big party at the Dupont Circle Palace – dubbed “The Magical Reality Evening.”

One of the most coveted parties of the night was delivered by veteran White House correspondent April Ryan of TheGrio at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. “Rush Hour” actor Chris Tucker will host the party – called “A Seat at the Table: A Celebration of Black Media” – and nine-time Grammy Award-winning singer Mary J. Blige will perform.

In his remarks at dinner, Biden is expected to portray himself as a hero to the press after former President Donald Trump boycotted the dinner and attacked reporters as “fake news.” In recent remarks, Biden praised reporters covering the war in Ukraine.

But Biden has also directed insults at the press – calling Fox News’ Peter Doocy a “Stupid son of a bitch” In January — his White House aides restricted access to the press much more than during the Trump administration.

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Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian mingled at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
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On a break from the Trump era, when most major internal events in the White House were open to any reporter wishing to attend, Biden’s press aides Reporters mysteriously before the screenciting the pandemic, and it ends up being very dissatisfied with some outlets.

The White House asks reporters to send an RSVP of Biden’s internal events, and then He chooses these in an opaque way She is allowed to attend. Biden’s lawmakers declined to reveal the selection criteria and offered a range of conflicting explanations for individual journalists. Journalists understand this practice as a way of shaping the questions being asked.

In a blow to Biden’s perceived accessibility, a An employee dressed as an Easter bunny He was interrupted last week to stop his attempt to answer a reporter’s question at the White House’s Easter Egg Roll.

To the frustration of White House press staff, Biden has given far fewer interviews than his predecessors, and most go to television outlets or social media personalities rather than print.

Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian Attend the 2022 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner
Pete Davidson and Kim Kardashian attend the 2022 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
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Miranda Kerr and husband Evan Spiegel arrive on the red carpet.
Miranda Kerr and husband Evan Spiegel arrive on the red carpet.
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Attorney Benjamin Crump reports that he arrived on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner.
Attorney Benjamin Crump reports that he arrived on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
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Biden sat in just 28 interviews during his first year in office — against Trump’s 95, Barack Obama’s 162 and George W. Bush’s 50. Even Ronald Reagan, who was shot in the lung in an assassination attempt shortly after taking office, Biden doubled down, giving 65 interviews in his first year.

Biden outperforms his predecessors in conducting more frequent short Q&A sessions, however — 225 as of January 20, versus 120 by Trump, 46 by Obama and 148 by George W. Bush — According to records It is maintained by Martha Kumar, White House Transition Project Manager. But these exchanges are generally brief and can be one-word answers to the questions asked.

Perhaps to counter the public perception that he shuns press engagement, Biden in January gave an hour and 52 minute press conference that was longer than any Trump or Obama had hosted, according to Former CBS News reporter Mark Knoller, who is respected for keeping records in the White House.

Martha Stewart arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
Martha Stewart arrives on the red carpet for the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
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Mario Van Peebles and Chris Tucker arrive on the red carpet.
Mario Van Peebles and Chris Tucker arrive on the red carpet.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, on a break from the Trump era, also hosts daily briefings, though she spends most of the time in the front two rows of the seven-row briefing room. Questions often come to television reporters who ask so frequently about major news that each network gets a clip from its own reporter. On Friday, Psaki answered questions from only two reporters not seated in the first two rows.

Psaki tried a joke on Friday, telling reporters that Biden’s dinner speech was “not funny at all.”



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