It’s the one night of the year Washington dresses up: the White House Correspondents Annual Dinner. We even call it Prom Night.
There in the ballroom of the Washington Hilton are all the people who supposedly hate each other. Political power houses like Barack Obama or Rahm Emanuel, breaking bread with right-wing media moguls Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes. Liberal politicians like Chris Dodd or Bernie Sanders, sharing a bottle of wine with conservatives like Eric Cantor and David Drier. With a few celebrities like Colin Powell, Michael Douglas, or Betty White, mixed in.
Isn’t this pure hypocrisy for such politically polar opposites to spend that time together?
Absolutely not! This is exactly what we need more of in Washington. Not that it always has to be such a big media event, with so many related events, in black tie, no less.
But there should many more occasions where people of different political stripes sit down together and, without worrying so much about their political differences, just enjoy each other’s company and focus, instead, on what unites them all: their sincere desire to build a better country.
I don’t care what the critics say. I think there’s only one thing wrong with the White House Correspondents Dinner: it only happens once a year.
That’s my parting shot for today.