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Yes, yes, Africans were also at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington DC on April 30, 2022. It was not just President Joseph R. Biden Jr., First Lady JillBiden, President of the White House Correspondents’ Association Steven Portnoy, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre or celebrities such as Trevor Noah or Kim Kardashian and other big names in Hollywood who attended the big dinner.
There were some Africans who are doing an incredible job in the United States who also attended the dinner. For instance, there was Simon Ateba who was born in Cameroon, Hariana Veras, Nurith Pearce and Mario Victoria who were born in Angola, and several other Africans could be seen at the event.
Yes, there were also many African-Americans in attendance such as Ebony McMorris Bego, Orlando Jermaine Bego, John Campanario, Chesley Maddox-Dorsey, VanJones, Ben Crump, and many other men and women who have distinguished themselves in their fields.
But let’s start from the beginning. The White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner held on Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C. It had in attendance about 2600 journalists, celebrities and politicians, including the President of the United States Joseph R. Biden Jr. and the First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden.
The White House press corps’ annual gala had been sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and 2021, and it was the first time in six years that the President of the United States had attended it. Former President Donald J. Trump shunned the event during his four years in office, after labeling the press the enemies of the American people.
The night is often seen as a bold statement to support a free, independent and responsible press, a key pillar of democracy in the United States and around the world. It also gives an opportunity for a comedian to roast the President of the United States. This year, it was comedian Trevor Noah, who said everything was up under Biden, including gas price and inflation. Mr. Biden has been in power for roughly 15 months.
President Biden also tried out his own jokes, asking the audience to “Just imagine of my predecessor came to this dinner this year.” He said “Now that would really have been a real coup.” It was a reference to Trump’s attempt to annul the 2020 presidential election that he lost.