White House Correspondents Dinner Red Carpet photos

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The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, canceled in 2020 and 2021 by the pandemic, returned to form on Saturday, April 30, as 2,600 attendees packed the Washington Hilton Ballroom, where Hollywood and television stars met with journalists and media executives, politicians, government officials, and other commingled political activists.

The event sponsors scholarships for gifted students studying journalism and is a time-honored tradition dating back to 1921 and the tenure of Calvin Coolidge.

This year marked the first time POTUS spoke at the event since 2016. “We had a terrible plague – and two years of Covid,” Biden joked, critically alluding to former President Trump‘s tenure. President Biden also delivered some jabs at Fox News correspondents, all of whom had been vaccinated and allowed to attend. He even teased the press industry itself for having lower approval ratings than his own.

Late-night comedy talk show host Trevor Noah hosted the dinner and barely held back, teasing CNN+ for its resounding recent failures and calling out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for his textbook censorship and attacks on Disney . Noah also did not spare President Biden, mocking him for allowing West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D) to set the President’s political agenda. His concluding remarks on the importance of a free press in the face of the war in Ukraine were particularly moving.

The dress code was black tie, and floor-length evening dresses were ubiquitous. The red carpet parade is always a show in itself. Hollywood headliners this year included the ubiquitous Kim Kardashian arm in arm with new beau SNL comedian Pete Davidson. Also sighted Brook Shields, Sec. of the State Antony Blinken, Drew Barrymore, Martha Stewart, Don Lemon, Home Secretary Deb Haaland, Amy Schneider (of Jeopardy) and Rev. Al Sharpton.

The Covid threat faded into the background as few in attendance were seen wearing masks, although all required proof of vaccination and a negative test on the same day before entering.

View a slideshow of Jeff Malet’s photos from the White House Correspondents’ Dinner red carpet by clicking on the photo icons below.

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