MIA: A Trump White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner Showing


Chicken! Presidential Donald Trump has let it be known that there will not be a Trump White House Correspondents’ Association dinner embarrassment this year, even though he was invited by many members of the media. You see, President Obama picked on him, and there was nothing he could do about it.

At the 2011 formal dinner, where tough humor was the fare, Trump showed us how thin his skin is. The billionaire was riding the wave of the birther illusion he had started, claiming President Obama was not born in this country and was not a US citizen. Did the president ever get even:

‘I know that he’s taken some flack lately—no one is prouder to put this birth-certificate matter to rest than the Donald. And that’s because he can finally get back to the issues that matter, like: did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And—where are Biggie and Tupac?’

Laughter at Trump made people around him nervous:

‘We all know about your credentials and breadth of experience. For example—no, seriously—just recently, in an episode of Celebrity Apprentice. [You] didn’t blame Lil Jon or Meatloaf—you fired Gary Busey. And these are the kinds of decisions that would keep me up at night.’

Cameras caught Trump sitting in full-out humiliation. He head seemed to be made of stone. He didn’t smile with good humor. He didn’t move. Instead he was frozen in rage.

Trump had to sit through a grilling roast, and perhaps, that is when he vowed to himself to get even by winning the presidency.

The press fallout stung, and clearly, the real estate mogul does not want to go through that humiliation again.

He said:

‘I was asked by every single group of media available to mankind [to attend this year]. But I’ve decided not to go. Do you know why? I would have a good time and the press would say I look like I wasn’t having a good time.’

In retrospect, Trump says he had a good time at the 2011 dinner:

‘I had a great time. I was very honored by all of the attention. The president told joke after joke and it was good. They were all very nice and delivered nicely and I had a great time and told the press. For four years, I’ve read what a miserable time I had.’

Given how much Trump dislikes the media, he says he could go to the dinner, if he wanted:

‘The press is dishonest. If the press would be honest, I’d go because I’d have a good time. … But no matter how good a time I had, the press would say, ‘Donald Trump was miserable.’ What would I need that for?’

The annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner will be April 30, only a few days before the Indiana GOP presidential primary. Trump is probably right about marking “absent” on his RSVP card, but the world will miss him.

Want a good time? Check out this video of the president grilling Trump:

Featured Image: Gage Skidmore via Flickr, Creative Commons License.

H/T: The New Yorker and The Hill.

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