White House Correspondents’ Dinner returns after two-year hiatus


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The 2022 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner kicked off Saturday night at the Washington Hilton after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s show will include remarks from President Biden and a comedic performance from “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah.

President Joe Biden delivers a speech on infrastructure spending at Carpenters Pittsburgh Training Center, Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Pittsburgh.
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Guests at the event, all of whom must provide proof via an app of having been vaccinated before dinner, should begin arriving at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 7:30 p.m. Servers for the event, however, did not have to show proof of vaccination, said a spokesperson for Unite Here Local 25, the union representing workers at the Hilton hotel, according to Axios.

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The awards are expected to be handed out ahead of comments from Biden and Noah, with the event ending just before 11 p.m. local time.

Trevor Noah speaks onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Trevor Noah speaks onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center on March 14, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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The annual event, which former President Trump declined to attend during his time as commander-in-chief, was established in 1921 by reporters covering the White House.

On Friday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki joked about a humorous speech President Biden plans to deliver: “And I’m going to lower expectations and say it’s not funny at all . Just kidding. You see?”

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The WHCA comes as the Biden administration faces a number of challenges, including increasing inflation and the concerns of economic recessiona crisis on the southern border, plummeting approval ratings and a rocky road to maintaining Democratic majorities in Congress.

Fox News’ Thomas Phippen contributed to this article.


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