No-go zone: Trump to skip 'boring' White House press dinner

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  • Californian#1@94131 SF, CA
    April 6, 2019 12:49 p.m.

    "Boring and negative." Ha ha!

    I also have better things to do and like to hear only lavishly fawning praise for myself, so I'm not going either. I'm going to do something entirely positive: stay home in bed, watch my 6 TV sets, have my butler get double orders of Big Macs and KFC with a liter of Diet Cola to wash it down, and get in a little exercise by working my tweeting fingers.

  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    April 5, 2019 11:23 p.m.

    Trump tweeted Friday that the press "can't stand the fact that this Administration has done more than virtually any other Administration in its first 2yrs."

    That got a good laugh at the UN.

  • Daedalus, Stephen Arvada, CO
    April 5, 2019 6:01 p.m.

    Thinking back to the WH Correspondents Dinner when Obama mocked Trump's foolish birther antics, these lyrics from the 1968 Bee Gees's hit are eerily prescient. Read as if America were singing:

    I started a joke
    which started the whole world crying.

    But I didn't see
    that the joke was on me.

    oh no

    I started to cry
    which started the whole world laughing.


    If I'd only seen
    that the joke was on me.

    Thanks to Trump/Republicans, the joke is on America.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    April 5, 2019 2:32 p.m.

    After being trashed numerous times by the Smothers Brothers, President Johnson wrote them, “It is part of the price of leadership of this great and free nation to be the target of clever satirists. You have given the gift of laughter to our people. May we never grow so somber or self-important that we fail to appreciate the humor in our lives.”

    But he and his loyalists believe this is a new thing and that nobody made fun of presidents before him, pathetic.

  • Fabulous Jen Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 5, 2019 1:24 p.m.

    Trump was gravely psychologically damaged when Obama made fun of him. This established charitable event to provide scholarship funds for future journalists, if Trump attended it, could send him on a perilous downward PTSD spiral. It's a smart decision!

  • Joe Leaphorn Scottsdale, AZ
    April 5, 2019 1:01 p.m.

    What do you expect? Donald Trump doesn't like anything where he is not the center of attention and being praised for everything he does like at one of his rallies. Since the White House Correspondents Dinner usually makes light fun of the chief executive, Trump certainly wouldn't want that. He want adulation. Maybe he can schedule a rally that night and stand before an adoring crowd. It's certainly not boring. And it might be a welcome change from all the Executive Time he takes.

    We have seen that whenever Trump isn't the center of attention, he gets bored. His absence from the WHCD will not be any great loss. Maybe Melania will be watching on the TV in her room at the White House? She'll probably enjoy it.

  • Ralph Salt Lake City, UT
    April 5, 2019 12:40 p.m.

    Ha ha. poor widdle snowflake, can't handle criticism.

    Trump's a genius but you can’t see his transcripts because he threatened the schools with lawsuits to prevent their release.

    He’s a billionaire but you can’t see his taxes because he’s manipulating the IRS to prevent their legal release.

    He’s totally exonerated in Mueller's report but you can’t see the report that supposedly exonerates him because he’s manipulating his AG to try to bury the report.

    Trump believers, keep on believin'! Don't question him or you might be called a liberal or something equally terrible.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    April 5, 2019 11:52 a.m.

    The President likes to dish it out, but he can not take it. What does that say about his personality?

  • one old man MSC, UT
    April 5, 2019 11:06 a.m.

    "He says he likes "positive things" instead."

    Now that's a HOOT.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    April 5, 2019 10:37 a.m.

    Thin-skinned Donald.