Attendees in the packed ballroom of more than 2,000 journalists, celebrities, politicians and Washington insiders were doubtless hoping Saturday that they will not repeat that debacle.
The return of the dinner reaffirmed the important fact that we now have a President who respects the press and can take some heat. (President Joe Biden even confirmed to Noah he wouldn’t go to jail for roasting him.)
The generally good-natured dinner was an important step forward for the country in reaffirming respect for the press, though it remains to be seen whether it will also prove to be a setback if attendees do contract Covid-19 en masse. If they don’t, next year’s event may give us more to laud and laugh about.