On the White House Correspondents Dinner

“The black-tie dinner, which raises money for journalism scholarships, takes place every spring and is usually attended by the president, journalists, celebrities and Washington insiders. The last president to miss the dinner was Ronald Reagan, who sat out because he was he recovering from an assassination attempt in 1981, although he still delivered remarks by phone.

Several news organizations had already withdrawn from the April 29 event in protest of Trump’s treatment of the media.”

 


 

Most presidents agree to join the roasting
but Forty-five won’t have his ego bashed
by journalists dissecting all his boasting
and fabricated facts that Spicer stashed
to cover any questions thrown his way–
A bully dishes dirt but will not play.

© Lily Beth Baker, 2017

 


 

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