Some political pundits are suggesting that Donald Trump’s decision to run for the White House was prompted by his attendance of the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. I suspect his decision was made over several years of watching Obama and Democrats destroy our once great nation.
If several media and political pundits are to be believed, President Trump sits in the White House today as the result of several hours one warm April evening nearly six years ago: the 2011 White House correspondents’ dinner.
That year, at the invitation of none other than The Washington Post, Trump — then best known for “Celebrity Apprentice” — attended the event, an annual gathering of journalists that typically has been headlined by the sitting president. Or, as The Post’s Roxanne Roberts once described it, a dinner “devolved from a little-known media evening into a black-tie mash-up of the Super Bowl, the Oscars and Davos, Washington-style.”
Trump was no ordinary celebrity guest in 2011, however. In addition to being a reality TV fixture, he was one of the most vocal opponents of President Barack Obama, leading the “birther” movement that had demanded Obama release his birth certificate. Trump had also been hinting, not for the first time, that he might launch his own bid for the presidency.
All of those things coalesced to make Trump the target of a large swath of jokes at the 2011 correspondents’ dinner.