President Obama is gearing up for one of his last tough gigs as President of the United States: the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Journalists, a smattering of questionable celebrities, and politicians will all be putting on the glitz on April 30 for the annual event, which first began almost 100 years ago. The dinner is meant to acknowledge excellence in journalism, provide some scholarships and generally give everyone a night off from political in-fighting. So what channel will the White House Correspondents' Dinner be on? Because you won't want to miss what will likely be the most splendid "nerd prom" ever.
The WHCD was once a solemn occasion, a chance for journalists to do a little scouting for sources and give themselves a nice pat on the back for jobs (hopefully) well done. These days, however, the dinner has become all about the guest list. Networks are allowed to invite guests along (sort of like an awkward wedding plus-one), and nobody wants to be that lame guest who brings their cousin or something, so they usually end up bringing Chrissy Teigen or something.
The WHCD will be broadcast on C-SPAN this year and will include live coverage of the red carpet, interviews, and footage of President Obama's annual speech, as well as remarks by host Larry Wilmore of The Nightly Show. You can also catch a livestream of the night on C-SPAN's site, if you don't have a television.
So who will be attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner (other than the actual media, of course)? There will be the requisite Kardashian/Jenner — this time around it will be daughter and model Kendall Jenner — as well as movie stars like Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith; Spotlight stars Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams (as well as a few of the bona fide journalists whose Pullitzer Prize-winning work the movie was based on); Kerry Washington (of Scandal and Confirmation fame); and Morgan Freeman (also now known as simply "God").
Along with the movie stars, there will be some politicians in attendance. I'm really hoping for some awkward table seating plans — maybe Kendall Jenner will sit beside Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and they'll become friends on Snapchat. A girl can dream. He would be a lovely addition to Jenner's #Squad, if you ask me.
Vermont Senator and Presidential (still) hopeful Bernie Sanders will also be attending, but Donald Trump will not. While Trump said he won't be attending because the media is "dishonest", many people are wondering if he's actually avoiding Obama's famous WHCD speech, when the president traditionally lets loose with some humor and a little roasting. Considering this is the president's last year (and remembering the 2011 WHCD when Obama totally slayed with his Trump roast, after Trump accused Obama of not being an American), I'm thinking this might not have been the worst decision Trump has made in recent months.
The White House Correspondents' Dinner promises to be a night of drama, high fashion, stilted dinner conversations, and skewering wit. This Saturday tune in to C-SPAN starting at 6 p.m. EST to watch it all unfold. (Or, at the very least, watch Kendall Jenner become besties with Secretary Carter. Fingers crossed.)