White House

Guess who's not coming to dinner?

Press critic Donald Trump is the first president to skip the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner since Ronald Reagan in 1981. President Reagan had a good excuse: He had been shot.

The celebrity-laden dinner of more than 2,500 journalists and guests that you can watch on television this Saturday night (April 28) is a far cry from the association’s first small, private dinner in 1921. Calvin Coolidge became the first president to attend the dinner in 1924. In the 1940s, top entertainers such as Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Danny Thomas were added. Women were barred until 1962, when President John F. Kennedy said he wouldn’t attend unless females were included. JFK...

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