The 2014 White House Correspondents’ Dinner is Saturday night in Washington, D.C. The event is apparently designed to let the nation’s capital’s elite and Hollywood elite interact. Of course, Washington, D.C. has home rule advantage and gets to make fun of Hollywood people as well as any politicians or political-types who don’t play on their team. The event is also called “nerd prom,” according to a Washington Post report on Saturday, and both “nerd prom” and “WHCD” (for White House Correspondents Dinner) have engulfed Twitter on Saturday.
The event is sponsored by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) and there are two comedians featured at the annual dinner. One is a designated comedian and the other is – quite incredibly – the President of the United States. President Barack Obama has been a big hit at these events in the past. Though he isn’t a trained comedian, he has incredible timing when he delivers jokes. His “finest” moments have been when he attacked the likes of Donald Trump – while Trump sat in the audience – over the birther issue as well as others who don’t agree with his politics.
This year, the comedian chosen to host the event is Joel McHale, according to a CBS News report. McHale is an actor and host of “The Soup” on the E! Network. As with others who have been tapped to host the event, McHale seems an awkward fit as he usually talks Hollywood but isn’t known for politics or political humor at all.
The biggest complaint about the annual hoopla event – as there are many – is that the president and news outlets have such a grand ole time while the United States is troubled. The troubles, naturally, include the economy, unemployment, and alleged cover-ups that are said to be occurring right down the street in Washington. Beyond home, there are numerous foreign affairs’ concerns at this point in time.
On Friday, as a matter of fact, more controversy over the already-controversial Benghazi attack on Sept. 9, 2011 came up. If House Speaker John Boehner gets his way – to the satisfaction of many Americans – the Benghazi issue will be revisited again. There are many Americans who obviously prefer that President Obama would tell America where he was on the night of Sept. 11, 2011 than tell jokes on Saturday night. But like many other things in Washington, D.C., what the American people wants doesn’t matter. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the comedy while America burns. (VIDEO attached to this article)