Alexander Hamilton Biographer Ron Chernow Will Speak at White House Correspondents Dinner

ChernowNo comedian this year.  Here is the Daily Beast:

The White House press corps announced Monday that it will ditch comedians altogether for next year’s White House Correspondents Dinner. Pulitzer-winning presidential biographer Ron Chernow will be the featured speaker at the April 27, 2019 gala—marking the first time in recent history that the position has not been filled by a comedian.

“As we celebrate the importance of a free and independent news media to the health of the republic, I look forward to hearing Ron place this unusual moment in the context of American history,” wrote Olivier Knox, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. Chernow is famed for his biographies of Alexander Hamilton (which served as source material for the blockbuster Broadway show), George Washington, and John D. Rockefeller.

Read the rest here.  It is not clear as to whether Chernow will be telling any jokes.

2 thoughts on “Alexander Hamilton Biographer Ron Chernow Will Speak at White House Correspondents Dinner

  1. I was not a fan of last year’s comedienne, but I have found other comedy acts at the dinner to be very funny. A part of me is sorry to see this tradition end.


  2. Three cheers for Ron Chernow, a respected and interesting man! The assembled journalists should be able to hear a light but meaningful historical presentation rather than a series of crass, vulgar, and reprehensible attempts at humor. Maybe Oliver Knox realizes it is time to restore a measure of decency to civil discourse. Hopefully others will decide to “just say no” to the cultural rot which plagues our society.

    Last year’s guest speaker, a purported comedienne, might have been excused by a few of her listeners if her jokes were even funny; but they were not, and the fact that the material was morally inappropriate compounded the failure.


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