President Biden & Trevor Noah At White House Correspondents’ Dinner

President Joe Biden and Trevor Noah delivered some very funny remarks at the 2022 White House Correspondents' Dinner
L-R Trevor Noah, President Joe Biden (screen captures)

President Joe Biden poked fun at himself, took jabs at the GOP, and commented on the current political climate in the United States at the 2022 White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night. “I’m really excited to be here tonight with the only group of Americans with a lower approval rating than I have.” Continue reading “President Biden & Trevor Noah At White House Correspondents’ Dinner”

Trumpers Offended By Michelle Wolf Jokes – Hypocrisy Much?

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After comedian Michelle Wolf’s stint at the White House Correspondents Dinner this weekend, tons of Trump supporters wailed about how “inappropriate” her jokes were and how she “crossed a line.”

But just to put it all into perspective, let’s take a trip in the way-back machine to remember Trumpers’ own proudly public statements.

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Signorile: Media Is “Brown-Nosing” White House To Protect Access

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

I’ve not commented on the now-infamous Michelle Wolf performance at the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner on Saturday night because I wanted to take a bit to understand the “outrage.”

I’ve read the text of Wolf’s performance and seen the video, and to be honest I don’t see the “cringeworthy” or “embarrassing” content folks seem to be up in arms about.

The performance was a roast. That, by definition, means folks are going to be joked about.

Initially, I heard about the terrible “attack” on White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. That Wolf’s comments went after her “appearance.”

I assumed Wolf did a riff on Sanders’ weight or attractiveness. But no – Wolf made a joke about Sanders’ “smoky eye” makeup.

Here’s the crux of Wolf’s comments about Sanders:

Every time Sarah steps up to the podium, I get excited because I’m not really sure what we’re going to get: you know, a press briefing, a bunch of lies or divided into softball teams. “It’s shirts and skins, and this time, don’t be such a little b—-, Jim Acosta.”

I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. Like, she burns facts, and then she uses the ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she’s born with it; maybe it’s lies.

It’s probably lies.

And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders. You know, is it Sarah Sanders? Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders? Is it Cousin Huckabee? Is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know: Aunt Coulter.

The comment about “smoky eye” was a riff on Sanders’ lying to the press on a daily basis. It wasn’t an “attack” on her appearance.

Writing for HuffPost, Michelangelo Signorile had this take:

The performance has everyone talking, and many are expressing outrage that she “went too far” ― outrage that seems phony and forced. Some journalists who cover the White House and, unsurprisingly, many conservatives and Trump supporters are up in arms about Wolf’s barbs.

In both cases, the reactions are troublingly hypocritical.

The response of many Washington journalists is a particularly bad sign. It shows us some prominent sectors of the fourth estate are acquiescing to the Trump administration ― normalizing it ― rather than taking up the challenge of dealing with an authoritarian presidency.

Frankly, the reactions reek of an attempt to protect access by brown-nosing members of the administration ― but at the cost of legitimizing a president and an administration that has attacked the free press and called just about everyone in it a purveyor of “fake news.”

Where I was sitting, people were laughing generously in response to many jokes, and, as with any comedian, less so to others.

Beltway reporters for larger news organizations who’ve been viciously attacked themselves by the most vulgar, insulting, offensive president in U.S. history suddenly seemed shocked ― shocked! ― by what they perceived as vulgarity and insults coming from a female comedian.

I highly encourage you to read the full piece by Michelangelo. I think he’s spot on.

Here’s some of the response from the world of journalists:

And Donald Trump, who refused to show up for a second year in a row due to his thin skin and inability to handle any criticism, chimed in thusly:

Trump Will Skip White House Correspondents Dinner For 2nd Year In A Row

Donald Trump

For the second year in a row, Donald Trump will skip the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.

The long-standing event, begun in 1921, serves to celebrate the First Amendment, fund scholarships for gifted students in college journalism programs and honor excellence in journalism.

“I sort of feel like the press so bad, it’s so fake, it’s so made up,” Trump said in an interview with WABC radio in New York Friday morning. “So I just think I want to get it straightened out with the press before I do it.”

The dinner has been attended annually by every president for 37 years. The last president to miss the event was Ronald Reagan, who was, understandably, recovering from an assassination attempt in 1981.

The fact is a regular ritual of the dinner is the president standing making several minutes of remarks in jest.

Many say the Trumpster is afraid he would bomb in the humor department. He also, apparently, does not care to spend an evening with those he vilifies on a regular basis on Twitter.

Hasan Minhaj’s Full Remarks At 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner

The annual White House Correspondents Dinner took place in Washington, D.C. last night, sans President Trump.

Trump is the first president to not attend the charity event, which raises funds for journalism scholarships, since Ronald Reagan in the the 1980s.

Of course, Reagan missed the dinner because he was recuperating from being shot. Trump just couldn’t take the jokes.

Here’s The Daily Show‘s Hasan Minhaj’s full set of jokes at the dinner. He gets rolling around the 3 minute mark.

Sample: “Who is tweeting at 3 am, SOBER? Donald Trump because it’s 10 am in Russia, business hours.”

Trump Chickens Out On This Year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Wow. Talk about thin skin.

Clearly the Trumpster, in a big departure from past presidents, decided he couldn’t take the good-natured ribbing from the press.

OR – he wouldn’t be able to stand up and deliver his own humorous remarks without failing.

The last time a sitting president did not attend was in 1981, when Reagan was a no-show. Of course, it was shortly after he had been shot, so he certainly had a good reason.

Before that, Richard Nixon was the last to just “no-show” and that was in 1972. And, like Trump, he had a very tumultuous relationship with the press.

From The Hill:

The dinner honors journalists who cover the White House and awards scholarships to aspiring reporters.

The White House Correspondents’ Association, which organizes the annual dinner, typically invites the president and members of his staff. A comedian is brought in to roast the commander in chief, who then delivers lighthearted remarks.

Trump attended the dinner in 2011, where he was repeatedly mocked and teased by then-President Obama. Trump chose to skip the dinner during the 2016 presidential campaign, despite receiving a number of invites from the media.

Past dinners have attracted celebrities and athletes from outside of Washington. The association hosted the first dinner in 1921.

Bloomberg L.P., who hosts a high-profile after-party, pulled the plug on the event. Vanity Fair, who usually partners with Bloomberg in throwing the party, announced earlier this month that it would not participate.

And the New Yorker, the magazine that hosts the dinner’s kickoff party beforehand, cancelled its event earlier this month.

CNN and MSNBC were also reportedly deliberating whether it would pull out of the annual dinner.

While most presidents have issues with the media, they rise above. President Obama was particularly funny delivering prepared jokes at the annual event during his 8 years in the White House.

The White House Correspondents’ Association issued this statement: