If you don’t know what “nerd prom” is, it’s what the White House Correspondents Association calls its annual dinner. It’s a big deal — there’s a red carpet, and occasionally a journalist will score a Hollywood celebrity as their plus-one. The president and first lady attend, and there’s usually a “comedian,” like Kathy “Here’s Trump’s Severed Head” Griffin or Michelle “Salute to Abortion” Wolfe.
There was a lot of hand-wringing in 2017, though … the president was Donald Trump. The New Yorker and Vanity Fair canceled their after-parties. Some journalists encouraged a boycott if Trump attended. Matthew Dowd, then with ABC News, tweeted, “In support of the first amendment and in unity with all journalists the @whca should either not invite President Trump or cancel the dinner.” CNN was “discussing internally” whether to attend. After all, Trump was putting their lives in danger by calling them “fake news.”
No sweat — Trump blew them off so they could have their prom without him. Problem solved.
Now Joe Biden is president, and the WHCA is pleased to be hosting him and first lady Dr. Jill Biden.
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
Finally Joe Biden will have an audience full of his most adoring fans. https://t.co/vj6WenRFvv
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) April 20, 2022
What's the First Amendment they will celebrate again? I forgot. I hope Dr. Jill and her husband will enjoy that dinner though
— Gold Standard (@No1GoldStandard) April 20, 2022
Starts at 4 pm
— Dan (@Dan_DuffyPT) April 20, 2022
If Biden wants to appeal the mask mandate decision, we'd better see every single person who attends wear a mask. Otherwise…
— Larry Kelly – Official Media Source (@larrykelly64) April 20, 2022
If they want to honor the 1st Amendment, invite @elonmusk
— Steve vs. The World (@SteveVaughn) April 20, 2022
It’s gonna be a tongue bath. Yuck.
— Anmarie (@AnmarieInMn) April 20, 2022
I thought we were cancelling these after the last guy?
— Ben Caspi (@Ben_Caspi) April 20, 2022
Nope, nerd prom is back on!
WH Correspondents Assn. issues strongly-worded condemnation of Trump event where placement of chairs put reporters ‘at risk’ https://t.co/0zKtRECzNa
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) June 5, 2020