It’s not exactly like the Trump White House has kept good relations with Hollywood (save for Scott Baio), but things went even further south earlier this year when Michelle Wolf was the chosen comedian at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. If you were Democrat, Michelle blew your wig off by comparing Sarah Huckabee Sanders to Aunt Lydia onThe Handmaid’s Tale. I know, that wasn’t nice to do to the gentler Aunt Lydia. Republicans, however, added Michelle’s bit to their Fox News primetime scream-a-thon, so the White House Correspondents’ Association has said they’re replacing comedy next year with a lesson from a biographer. ZzzzzzZzzzZzzz!
Variety says WHCA Olivier Knox revealed today biographer Ron Chernow, whose biography on Alexander Hamilton is what Lin Manuel-Miranda based Hamilton on, will be the featured speaker at this year’s dinner. He says a voice like Ron’s is very important given how Donald usually calls the press every name in the book:
“…as we celebrate the importance of a free and independent news media to the health of the republic, I look forward to hearing Ron place this unusual moment in the context of American history.”
Olivier has already hinted he was considering not having a comedian host the dinner, which is scheduled for next April. I don’t even know why he bothered since Sarah was the highest-profile person from the Trump administration on that high table. Considering how many eyebrows Michelle singed off last year, we’re going to be lucky if they can sign on the guy who brings Donald his nightly Big Mac. Ron gave his own message of why it’s importat to have the dinner with the historically different speaker than from years’ past:
“My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory. While I have never been mistaken for a stand-up comedian, I promise that my history lesson won’t be dry.”
Considering the cast of Hamilton already shamed Mike Pence out of a performance and that Ron is going to give a lesson on the importance of valuing the free press, I have a feeling the likelihood of Donald showing his face at this meal is about as high as the odds of him planting a crop of his favorite veggies in the Michelle Obama-turned-Melania Trump vegetable garden!