President Biden and first lady RSVP ‘yes’ to White House Correspondents Dinner
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The @WHCA is pleased to host President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden as we honor the First Amendment at our dinner on April 30.
— WHCA (@whca) April 20, 2022
The event, scheduled for April 30, 2022, was last attended by President Barack Obama during his last term in 2016. It is organized and hosted by the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Donald Trump, known for having an acerbic relationship with most press, skipped the event in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. 2021 would have been the first year Biden could have attended as president.
“The Daily Show” anchor Trevor Noah is scheduled to serve as entertainer. The event typically welcomes a comic who often delivers a repertoire of jokes about the administration and the current state of politics.
The WHCA has hosted the event since 1921 with a few cancellations here and there.
15 U.S. presidents have attended at least one of the events, which is typically held the last weekend of April. The last president not to attend was Ronald Reagan in 1981 — because he was recovering from an assassination attempt, though he did phone in to crack a joke about the shooting.
The dinner, which is sometimes referred to as the “nerd ball,” has seen an expanded guest list that include celebrities.
The event has come under criticism for making the presidential administration seem too close the press, with some outlets opting not to send representatives. Many of the jokes told during the entertainment segment have also come under fire over the years.