POLITICS — The White House Correspondents Dinner Cost Has Become Inappropriately Extravagant

The annual White House Correspondents Dinner is legendary for its glimmering lights, fancy cocktails, and celebrity chit-chat. Each spring, hundreds (if not thousands) of high-profile guests make their way around the country, toasting in ritzy ballrooms and lounges to their own renowned repute and generosity. This year’s dinner boasts an impressive roster of Hollywood and political bigshots looking to win some positive cover-time, including Game of Thrones actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, swimsuit model Chrissy Teigen, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But with all the glamour and pomp of the evening, the extravagant White House Correspondents Dinner might not be appropriate anymore, considering that the Association chooses to spend its donations on an evening of luxury rather than on the journalists and honorees themselves.

With all of the fuss and flashbulbs, the dinner seems to have more than missed the mark in recent years, taking what could potentially be a real charitable effort and turning it into a parade of champagne and celebrities, many of whom can’t actually tell you the name of a single White House correspondent.



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