100 days in, Donald Trump says he has brought about 'profound change'

Erica Roy
May 1, 2017

During the 2017 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner, the big elephant in the room was who wasn't in the room: the president. Even considering the usual odd "I'm okay, you're okay", vibe of the WHCD - which usually involves the president telling a few jokes about various media outlets who cover him before being roasted by a political comedian (or, you know, Rich Little) - this year was even more unusual for a number of reasons.

"Richard Nixon tried to make the conduct of the press more the issue in Watergate instead of the conduct of the President and his men", Bernstein said, speaking to a sold-out crowd in the nation's capital. We have a big crowd.

He told supporters in Pennsylvania that he was keeping "one promise after another", dismissing criticism as "fake news" by "out of touch" journalists. "As for the other guy, I think he's in Pennsylvania because he can't take a joke", said the Indian-American, whose parents are from Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh. The red carpet that once featured Oscar winners, TV stars and a few major-league athletes barely turned heads.

Trump left Washington as another in a series of protests against his administration was winding up.

At the 100-day mark, polls suggest that Mr Trump's supporters during the campaign remain largely in his corner.

Trump's 100th day events are set in politically important Pennsylvania, which he won with 48 percent.

But Bob Woodward, the Washington Post editor-at-large, said journalists should not have "a dog in the political fight" when they report. Raifsnider said she loves how "transparent" Trump is and that, in her opinion, the nation hasn't seen a president who was truly open with people like he's been.

The tongue-in-cheek event Saturday is a counter to the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.

Samantha Bee's taped show, a tongue-in-cheek tribute to American news organizations, featured actor Will Ferrell and other guests roasting Trump and his allies.

The star power of the real correspondents' dinner is taking a hit this year with Trump's absence. Then Trump will hold a "Make America Great Again" rally also in Harrisburg before returning to Washington. Though the White House created a website touting its accomplishments of the first 100 days, President Trump has tried to downplay the importance of the marker, perhaps out of recognition that many of his campaign promises have gone unfulfilled. "But this one is particularly isolating, or singling out, the retailers of media that they like" and trying to ignore those they don't. "And now you know what it feels like to be a minority".

The White House Correspondents' Dinner, usually a night where celebrities, politicians and the media team up for a night of laughter, was a different affair Saturday than in years past.

Bee, who hosts TBS' "Full Frontal" weekly show, said she planned to focus on celebrating the press.

"We have been on the wrong side of the Nafta deal for many many years".

But he will need some Democratic support to pass some of his more ambitious legislative objectives. The House did not vote last week on a renewed effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Health Care Act, but the White House remains hopeful action could come soon.

Given the contentious relationship between the press and the current administration, much of the dinner banter served as something of a pep talk: WHCA President Jeff Mason defended the press against now-presidential accusations that it's "fake news" and the "enemy of the people".

Washington's once-glitzy "nerd prom" is about to get overshadowed.

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