The White House Correspondents’ Association will be holding its annual dinner on April 28, in a tradition that has happened nearly every year since 1921. The Onion presents a timeline of the biggest moments in White House Correspondents’ Dinner history.


1924:

White House correspondents are disappointed to learn that the special guest they were promised is just President Calvin Coolidge.

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1929:

President Hoover visibly outraged by the scathing barb, “That a man of such standing would come from Iowa, I should think as unlikely as a moose riding on a streetcar.”

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1939:

An awkward silence sweeps the crowd when FDR falls out of his wheelchair and no one can tell if he’s trying to do a comic bit.

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1954:

Eisenhower becomes first president to smile at the dinner.


1962:

President Kennedy refuses to attend the previously male-only event until the ban on dames and broads is lifted.

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1968:

Richard Pryor takes the stage to ask what the fuck he’s doing there.


1985:

Forever the humble everyman, President Reagan was able to laugh good-naturedly at jokes about the systematic death sentence of a LGBT community in crisis.

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2006:

Stephen Colbert delivers a scathing comedic excoriation of the War in Iraq right to George W. Bush’s face, prompting an immediate withdrawal of all troops from the region.

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2016:

President Obama brings the house down with a hilarious routine about how no journalists ever hold any president accountable for anything.

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2018:

President Trump declines to attend the dinner for the second straight year, citing his loathing of extravagant displays of wealth and fame.

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