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Bidens will attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner after COVID and Trump boycott

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President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 30 after a hiatus due to COVID and former President Trump.

“Every president since Calvin Coolidge has attended the WHCA’s annual dinner … with just one exception,” WHCA President Steven Portnoy posted on social media. “The tradition continues next Saturday night.”

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Washington insiders have nicknamed the event “nerd prom” as the sold-out charity dinner draws an elite crowd of reporters, elected officials, and the occasional celebrities including exclusive afterparties.

First Lady Jill Biden (left) and President Biden (right) will attend the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner after a hiatus due to COVID. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

It’ll be the first time a sitting president is there since Barack Obama in 2016. Donald Trump opted to skip the event when he was president, and it was canceled in 2020 and last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Funnyman Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show,” will perform at the event, making him the first comic to headline the annual event since 2018, when comedian Michelle Wolf’s controversial routine raised eyebrows.

After the Gridiron Club dinner in Washington earlier this month, some of those who attended, including Cabinet members, other administration officials and members of Congress tested positive for COVID-19 amid a surge of cases around the nation’s capital.

Capacity for the upcoming dinner at the Washington Hilton in Dupont Circle is more than 2,600 and the event is fully booked.

Ashish Jha, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, suggested last weekend that the correspondents’ dinner should move forward. He told “Fox News Sunday” that “we are at the point in this pandemic” where “I think we can gather safely.”

“I don’t think events like that need to be canceled,” Jha said. “I think, if people put in good safeguards, they can make it substantially safer, make sure people are vaccinated, make sure you have testing, improve ventilation.”

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