The White Correspondents Dinner for 2012 is tonight and official Washington is abuzz as celebrities pour into town on their private jets. George Clooney, Rosie O′Donnell, Kim Kardashian and Meghan McCain are just a few examples of the Hollywood crowd that will be attending. Even the Queen of Citizenship, Lindsay Lohan, who might play Elizabeth Taylor in a bio-flick if she can stay sober, will be there, invited by Fox News Greta Van Susteren. Jimmy Kimmel has been tapped by the White House Correspondent′s Association to host the affair. But you have to wonder what the Washington and Hollywood elite have to chuckle about? For that matter, just how appropriate is it for Barack Obama to be busy telling jokes while the nation has a National Debt of $15.6 Trillion dollars with 15 million Americans out of work? Is Nero fiddling as Rome burns?
The easy excuse is that it is a tradition, stemming back to the 1920s. There has always been criticism that the White House press corps is too cozy with the Oval Office, particularly when occupied by a Democrat. During the past three years, the impression is that the White House news reporters are more like official stenographers for Obama, merely repeated whatever he says and never questioning whether or not he is exercising sound judgment.
Last year′s festivities were somewhat muted, as Obama gave a somber speech, knowing at the time that US Navy SEALs were about to attack the compound in Pakistan where Osama Bin Laden was hiding. Well, at least he showed some good judgment once in his political career. So will he do so again tonight, or party hard with his fellow celebrities?
MSNBC, the official propaganda network for the Obama administration, will air the White Correspondents Dinner 2012 tonight, starting at 10pm EDT. Will Barack Obama and Jimmy Kimmel bring down the house with their joke making? How will celebrities like George Clooney, Rosie O′Donnell, Kim Kardashian and Meghan McCain react? And just what is up with Greta Van Susteren inviting Lindsay Lohan, the would-be Liz Taylor, to the White House Correspondent′s Association affair? Inquiring minds want to know!