The White House also confirmed to POLITICO that the Bidens will indeed attend the dinner, which will be crowned by Trevor Noah, the host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central.
Jill Biden is a definite fan of Noah; the comedian’s autobiography – “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” – was one of two required readings for an introductory English course taught by the first lady last year.
The White House Correspondents Dinner was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to coronavirus concerns, and this year’s event will take place after another elite gathering in Washington — the Gridiron Club dinner earlier this month — resulted in a spike in Covid-19 cases among prominent legislators and officials.
Before dinner, the Biden administration is still grappling with how to deal with shifting public opinion about the coronavirus-related restrictions that have prompted several cities and states to roll back mask mandates and other measures.
A US court in Florida on Monday overturned the Biden administration’s federal mask mandate for airplanes and other forms of public transportation. And asked on Wednesday whether Americans should continue to wear masks on airplanes, Biden said:: “That’s up to them.”