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Can’t Take the Heat?

Donald Trump has tweeted that he will not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. Trump has not fared very well at past events, becoming the butt of too many jokes for his ego to tolerate.

The last time a president skipped this dinner was back in 1981, when Ronald Reagan didn’t show up because he was recovering from being shot. But he called in anyway. Indeed, every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended at least one of the dinners.

What makes this ironic is that now that the president won’t be there, the speakers will make fun of him even more.

Even his tweet is encouraging hilarious responses. One response suggests that Alec Baldwin should replace Trump at the dinner. Baldwin does a mean imitation of Trump on Saturday Night Live.

UPDATE: More and more people are calling for Alec Baldwin to attend the WHCD as Trump.

In the same way that Stephen Colbert skewered conservatives by acting like one, I think the best way to play this would be to have everyone make the dinner be Donald Trump’s wet dream, praising him and fawning over him and his alternative facts the way Stephen Colbert (in his conservative persona) would.

And finally, I pray there is a chance we could talk Jon Stewart into being host of the event. That would be my wet dream.



  1. wildwood wrote:

    I hope Baldwin does it. That I would watch.

    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:26 am | Permalink
  2. westomoon wrote:

    Ah, IK, your generosity to our new President is downright diplomatic.

    “Trump has not fared very well at past events, becoming the butt of too many jokes for his ego to tolerate.”

    The count of “too may jokes for his ego to tolerate” seems to fall right around one.

    Trump and that weird fat kid who runs North Korea seem to be about equally gifted when it comes to laughing at themselves.

    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:31 am | Permalink
  3. just me wrote:

    It would be the best Correspondents Dinner EVER! With the BIGGEST audience ever! Believe me!! BIGLY.

    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:32 am | Permalink
  4. Ralph wrote:

    Hey give the guy a break. The dinner is being held on April 29 this year, a Saturday, and he’d have to sacrifice his tee time at Mar-A-GoGo. Alec Baldwin going in his stead would be doing him and the American People a great service and his rabid base is unlikely to even notice the difference beyond perhaps a sense of genuine humor appearing practically overnight, especially if Melissa Spicer introduces him and they start waving that nifty Trumpovich flag they had at CPAP.

    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:47 am | Permalink
  5. Ralph wrote:

    I meant CCRAP. Or CPAC. Whatever.

    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 10:50 am | Permalink
  6. notycoon22 wrote:

    This will only be good for today – they cycle through so later you’ll have to scroll to it. Charles Schulz speaking to us from the grave.


    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 11:12 am | Permalink
  7. Iron Knee wrote:

    Here’s today’s comic — is that what you were pointing to Don?


    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 11:31 am | Permalink
  8. redjon wrote:

    Will ABC, CBS, CNN, NPC and PBS be allowed to air Trump’s speech to the joint session of Congress tomorrow night? Or will any recorded coverage of the event be spun as, “Fake news?”

    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 2:04 pm | Permalink
  9. redjon wrote:

    Seriously, though, any mocking of Trump at the WHCA dinner will play directly into Trump’s rather paranoid claim that the mainstream press is out to get him. Which is sad because, up until now, Donald Trump is his own worst enemy. His supporters truly think he’s a victim, and right or wrong, Trump’s victimhood (like America’s victimhood) plays perfectly into the hands of this would-be dictator.

    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 2:16 pm | Permalink
  10. notycoon22 wrote:

    Thanks, IK.

    Monday, February 27, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
  11. ebdoug wrote:

    Can’t they just show reruns of Trump mocking all others? He must now be there most hated man on this planet.

    Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4:25 am | Permalink