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I love it when the insanity of politics meets the extravagance of Hollywood, or maybe that should be the other way around. When you get a bunch of Hollywood elitists clamoring for the spotlight (or a selfie) with the political hierarchy of the White House, anything is possible, and the annual White House Correspondents Dinner is no exception. If it is not the egomaniacal-gathering of the year, and coup d’état of those who live exclusive lifestyles, then it is surely a badly composed script of those who control our country with no conscience at all.

Last night’s, White House Correspondents Dinner, was another ghastly reminder that there are three types of people in America – the people who make the laws, the people who profit the most from them, and the ones who suffer their social and economic ruinations. While they eat, laugh and poke fun at each other, the rest of us are left scratching our heads and wondering what any of them have done for us lately.

It is amusing though, to watch them belittle each other. We do it all the time, so why can’t they be allowed to publicly admit what all of America already knows? Yes, Guantanamo Bay has not been closed yet, the launching of the Affordable Care Act was a disaster, and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey knew nothing about Bridgegate.

Thank God we have comedians like Joel McHale to educate us about what is going on in America. If it was not for people like him, we might all still be hoodwinked and left to the mercy of news organizations who only report what they want us to know.

As Joel Mchale said last night, “Have you watched the news? Not CNN, I mean the real news.”

It seems that the White House Correspondents Dinner has gone from being a scholarship benefit, and journalists award program to being a pathetic vaudeville act that portrays what is wrong in America, and with our entire political system. Having a comedian highlight the event, and use it to impose Hollywood’s political and social idiosyncrasies, is one of the reasons why the average American does not even bother to tune in to this shameless display of hypocrisy.

Money, power, and wealth are what the WHCD is all about, and how actors and politicians try to outdo one another. It also proves that when the glitz and glamor of Hollywood meet Capitol Hill, a sideshow of unprecedented proportions will always give birth.

How inspiring for America.


Joseph E. Rathjen is a freelance writer and Opinion Writer at 1World Online – America’s Fastest Growing Research Engine.



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4 thoughts on “The White House Correspondents Dinner’s Sad Realities

  1. I do believe, that on the same night, the very similar, and laughable in a pathetic way, political journalistic event happened north of the border, in our nation’s capital. Truly, it seems farcical to the Nth degree – and deeply disturbing, that events of this scope and cost are “hosted” just so that for one evening everyone, no matter what side of the political, social or journalistic scene is prevalent, can “pretend to play nicely” and show the populace that “hey – we can be friends.” Sadly, those engaged in these affairs are the only ones laughing — no one else is mildly amused.

    Great article.

    • I think you hit the nail right on the head, Patricia. When I watch it, I laugh. After all, this isn’t like a boxing match where the two fighters meet in a bar and have a few drinks together afterwards. This is real life, where their sparring results affect our daily lives. Good observation.

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