About a year ago, comedian and Daily Show alum Michelle Wolf saw her career go next level. Why? Because she absolutely roasted our current president, as well as his men and women, as the “featured entertainer” at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. One person not present at the soiree was commander-in-chief Donald Trump, and he won’t be at this year’s either, possibly because he knows everyone there would have the proverbial knives out for him once more.
That still won’t protect him from Wolf’s barbs, even though she’s not returning either. On Friday, Trump formally announced that he wouldn’t be attending the annual journalist soiree, which he’s never attended anyway.
“The Correspondents’ Dinner is too negative. I like positive things, okay?” Trump told reporters. Instead he’ll go where people like him — which, of course, means holding one of those rallies where everyone laughs at his ‘jokes.’
When Wolf heard the news, she took to Twitter, joking, “I hope it’s not because he has windmill cancer.”
Wolf is of course referring to the president’s recent, truly Quixotic attempts to fight windmills, which he does not like. “If you have a windmill anywhere near your house, congratulations, your house just went down 75 percent in value,” he recently claimed. “And they say the noise causes cancer.”
The White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which this year will be held on April 27, has been an annual tradition since 1921. The modern version tends to include a comedian, who sometimes lightly ribs the president, as was the case when Barack Obama was in office. Other presidents have gotten far more scathing attacks. Before Wolf’s highly quotable set, the most notorious WHCD comic was Stephen Colbert, who relentlessly laid into then-president George W. Bush in 2006 while in the guise of his since-retired faux-winger “Stephen Colbert” character from Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.
This year there will be no comedian. Instead the featured speaker will be Ron Chernow, noted presidential biographer and the guy who wrote the book the Broadway play Hamilton was based on, though perhaps he’ll slip in a couple subtle digs.