US President Joe Biden has resumed the tradition of speaking at the annual White House dinner.
He was the first president to address the event since 2016.
The ceremony was not held due to the Covid epidemic in the last two years, and was previously boycotted by Donald Trump when he was in power.
The event is usually attended by famous journalists, high-ranking US officials and a number of celebrities and Hollywood actors.
Kim Kardashian, Pat Davidson, Drew Barry Moore, Chris Tuck were among the guests of this program.
The ceremony dates back to 1921
Biden jokes with Trump and her low popularity at the reporters’ dinner
Joe Biden became the first president of the United States in six years to attend a White House Correspondents’ Dinner dinner on Saturday night, which was ruled out by Donald Trump due to an outbreak of the coronavirus in the past two years. .
In a speech to 2,600 journalists and government officials gathered at the Hilton Washington Hotel, the president slammed Donald Trump in a humorous tone, saying, “Just imagine that my predecessor this year This dinner was coming; “It was officially a real coup.”
“I’m really excited to be among the only group of Americans who are less popular than me tonight,” said Biden, who was joked about the assassination of Nova, the comedian invited to the event, about his low popularity. »
While most of the speeches were full of sharp criticism of the Democratic administration’s performance, Mr. Biden referred to the important role of journalism in US democracy, especially in the last decade, and said, “My heartfelt belief is that you, the free press, are more You are more important than ever in the last century. “The free press is not the enemy of the people, but the guardian of the truth.”
The dinner also paid tribute to pioneering journalists of color and journalists who were detained, wounded or killed during news coverage of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The event was criticized by some media outlets and US government officials; Because they considered it dangerous to hold such a ceremony in the face of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Anthony Fauci, Joe Biden’s senior medical adviser, has stated that he will not attend the event, which is highly likely to catch Covid 19.
“We are here to show the whole country that we are overcoming an epidemic,” Mr Biden told Fox News. “In addition, everyone must prove that they are fully vaccinated and resistant to the disease.”
The White House Reporters’ Dinner, known as the White House Reporters Association, was first held in 1921, and three years later, Calvin Coolidge was the first US president to attend. At this ceremony, the President of the United States and American journalists express their criticisms of each other in a serious and joking manner.