The White House also confirmed to POLITICO that the Bidens will indeed attend the dinner, which is expected to be headlined by Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.
Jill Biden is an apparent Noah fan; The comedian’s autobiography – ‘Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood’ – was one of two required readings for an introductory English class taught by the first lady last year.
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to coronavirus concerns, and this year’s event will take place after another elite gathering in Washington – the Gridiron Club Dinner earlier this month – led to an increase in Covid-19 cases among key lawmakers and administration officials.
Before dinner, the Biden administration is still grappling with how to handle shifting public opinion on coronavirus-related restrictions that have prompted several cities and states to roll back mask mandates and other measures.
A U.S. District Court judge in Florida on Monday struck down the Biden administration’s federal mask mandate for airplanes and other modes of public transportation. And asked on Wednesday whether Americans should continue to wear masks on planes, Biden said“It’s up to them to decide.”