May 1, 2012

Fun at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

This past Saturday was the last Saturday in April, the evening when the annual White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner is traditionally held.  The WHCA is an organization of journalists who cover the White House and the President of the United States.  This year, the WHCA welcomed The President and Mrs. Obama, marking the Association’s 98th year.  This is a really fun event, a wonderful mix of politicians, celebrities, popular figures, and of course, media personalities.  I have attended five previous dinners and this year I had the great pleasure of receiving an invitation from my host for the evening, David L. Hunke, the President and Publisher of USA Today.  During the serious part of the dinner, scholarship awards were presented to outstanding students of journalism and journalism awards were presented for outstanding reporting.  The press and the president were also given friendly appreciation.  Things turned wildly funny when President Obama got up to speak followed by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.  In a Tweet from the dinner I stated:  A+ to President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel – great speeches, funny, smart, and just disrespectful enough.

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