2018 White House Correspondents Dinner 🍽️

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Let the roasting commence

Insults and barbs were thrown left and right at the White House Correspondents Dinner, an annual gathering of journalists, celebrities, and government officials. It’s been dubbed… get this, “Nerd Prom”. This year’s dinner was hosted by Michelle Wolf, a writer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Wolf said no one would be off limits. True to her word, she took plenty of jabs at Trump and his senior staffers, including Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders. [WATCH FULL SET]
 

No Trump

For the second year in a row, Trump decided to skip the dinner (although this year he allowed some of his staff to attend). Instead, he held a rally in Michigan, where he roasted the dinner, calling it “a very big, boring bust”. 

 

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The right believes Wolf’s jokes were done in poor taste and went too far.  As an example, they point to her cruel jokes about Sarah Sanders’ weight and appearance…while Sanders was sitting not too far from her. They contend that Wolf’s tasteless comments wouldn’t have been acceptable were they directed at a women staffer in any other administration.

 

The left views Wolf’s routine as hilarious and effective. Although some of her jokes may have seemed questionable, they contend that political comedy should be uncomfortable and provocative sometimes. It gets people to think deeply about certain issues while also getting a laugh out of it. Overall, the left is pleased with her performance and her ability to balance comedy with serious topics.


The zingers

The first White House Correspondents Dinner took place in 1921. At the time it was a teeny tiny event with just 50 people. Fast forward and the dinner is now a huge media event with the who’s who of politics, pop culture, and media in attendance. This year’s event was particularly noted for the sheer number of people Michelle Wolf roasted. Here's a taste of the zingers:

  • “Sarah Sanders burns facts and then uses them to create the perfect smokey eye.”
  • “It’s like that old saying: If a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree. I’m not suggesting she gets hurt. Just stuck.”
  • "I would drag him here myself, but it turns out the president of the United States is the one p---- you're not allowed to grab." 

 

There's two types of people at these dinners:

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