President Joe Biden on Saturday opened with his speech at the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner. with pair of digs his predecessor, who missed the annual event for in first three years of his presidency before the 2020 edition was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Noting that he was first chief executive officer to participate in event – a philanthropic fundraiser to support journalism scholarships – has since been attended by President Barack Obama. in In 2016, Mr. Biden said it was understandable that no president was in attendance. in past years.
“We had a terrible plague followed by two years of Covid,” he said.
Referring to the presence of Mr. Trump at the 2011 edition of In an event when Mr. Obama shamefully ridiculed him, Mr. Biden asked those in attendance to imagine whether Mr. Trump had persuaded him to attend the event. year.
“This would be real coup if that happens,” he said, mocking Trump’s attempt to cancel an election he lost to Biden. in 2020.
In yet another blatant critique of his predecessor, Mr. Biden said that American democracy is not “reality show”.
Mr Biden also spent most of of his remarks ridicule himself, joking that he “was just was elected to the Senate” first once the President of the United States – Calvin Coolidge – attended the annual dinner in 1924 (Mr. Biden was elected to the Senate in 1972).
The president also took excavations at Fox News playing post anti-vaccination messages, noting that everyone in attendance had to be vaccinated and boosted.
“I know there are other questions about whether we can should gather here tonight because of COVID-19. Well we’re here to show the country in which we are experiencing this pandemic. In addition, everyone had to prove they are fully vaccinated and strengthened. So if you are in home watch this and wonder how do it, just contact her favorite Correspondent for Fox News. They are all here. Vaccinated and vaccinated!” Mr Biden said.
On the more serious note, said Mr. Biden coverage of Russian war on Ukraine. “We’ve all seen the courage of Ukrainian people as of courage of american reporters in this room and yours colleagues through world who are on earth, depriving them of their lives in do it yourself,” Biden said.
“You free press matter more than ever in in past century,” the president added.