White House Correspondents Celebrate While People Riot a Few Miles Away
While residents of Baltimore rioted to protest the death of an unarmed man in police custody causing officials to lock up 15,000 baseball fans in the nearby Orioles' Camden Yards home, 40 miles away White House correspondents, other journalists, and oh yes, major names in the entertainment and political world, some of whom play journalists in movies and tv, gathered for Nerd Prom, otherwise known as the White House Correspondents Association dinner.
Resplendent in their tuxes and designer gowns, the self congratulatory crowd applauded politely at the presentation of journalism and scholarship awards, the latter the ostensible purpose of the dinner, laughed at jokes from the listed entertainment of Cecily Strong, a one time anchor of real fake news on Saturday Night Live, and laughed even more at quips from Barack Obama. And without a trace of self consciousness--or guilt--the assembled dined on a meal that a half starved student plowing through a school day gulping down Chief Nutritionist Michelle Obama mandated low cal lunch could only envy.
Terrine of Jumbo Lump Crabmeat
Jicama, Mango, Pepitas & Baby Oak Salad
House-made Buttermilk Green Goddess Dressing
Bread Presentation to include:
Seven Grain Rolls, Sourdough Rolls, White and Wheat Rolls, Flatbreads and Butter
Smoked Paprika Rubbed Filet
Foraged Wild Mushroom Ragout
Pancetta & Gala Apple Demi
Seared Alaskan Halibut
Mascarpone Cheese Stone Grits
Jumbo Peeled Asparagus & Roasted Baby Bell Pepper
Tapas Display of Assorted Desserts
Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee
Variety of Regular and Herbal Teas
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Chardonnay 2013
Simi, Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Did they know that there was rioting a few miles from their event? Or that others in Washington were going to bed hungry? Well let them eat Foraged Wild Mushroom Ragout washed down with freshly brewed coffee and a 2013 Chardonnay. After all, correspondents need access to the president to report objectively.