Morning Joe Pleads for Biden to Skip White House Correspondents’ Dinner ‘Mess’

This Thursday Morning Joe co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough pleaded for President Biden to skip Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner out of fear of COVID. The MSNBC couple repeatedly told Biden not to attend and just send a “videotape” in order to “stay away from the mess” of the crowded Washington D.C. gala.         

“Anthony Fauci is not going to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend but the president is,” Brzezinski noted late in the 9:00 a.m. The show aired at 9:00 ET. After that, she worried about her husband. “I’m not sure about it. Joe, I understand you are eager to get in. I’m not sure about the decision to have the White House Correspondents’ Dinner event, I’m really not. I don’t think it’s a good idea.”

 

 

Scarborough agreed to: “Let me just throw the baseball in the punch bowl and say the president should not go to the event.”Brzezinski declared that all dinners should be canceled. “They shouldn’t have the event!”

“There’s no reason why he should go to the event. I mean, we’ve all been in that event before. Even when there wasn’t a pandemic it was unhealthy. I mean, people are so tight and jammed and close in there,” Scarborough declared. Scarborough then pleaded with the White House to do what he asked:

I think the President – and I’m dead serious – I think the President, Willie, should do a video. I think he should thank everybody, he should say what he’s going to say, but when you have the Vice President of the United States with COVID, when If the President of the United States is in high-risk groups, then there’s no reason to send him to the event. Put it on a videotape….The President doesn’t need to go there. This isn’t healthy. Unwise.

Co-host Willie Geist concurred with his colleagues, though did suggest that the left-wing media could use a pep-talk from a Democratic president: “…first of all, we all appreciate, I think, the support and the gesture of the President showing up to support journalists whose work is difficult and hard, especially in places like Ukraine, but also to an industry that’s been under fire from the previous president. So certainly we all, I think, appreciate that.”

He added the following: “But having said that, I don’t know that it’s worth it to expose the President to that room on that night and we’ll see if he does end up going.”

Brzezinski wailed: “…it is too soon to be having a White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. It’s too soon because everyone gets all packed in there and they’re all excited to see each other, some people have a few too many drinks and it’s just a mess.”

Scarborough’s conclusion: “It’s just a mess. It’s just chaos, Mr. President. Don’t go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.”

Left-wing Daily Show host Trevor Noah will be emceeing Saturday’s gathering of the D.C. elite, so there’s certainly no chance of Biden being subjected to any rough treatment from overwhelmingly friendly crowd.

When former President Trump skipped the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner during his first year in office, the media suffered a complete meltdown. While there was not a pandemic in the US at that time, Brian Stelter and other hypercritical reporters painted Trump as an imminent threat to our health.

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This is the transcript from the discussion of April 28, 2008.

9:43 ET

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MIKA BRZEZINSKI: Anthony Fauci is not going to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend but the president is, Peter Baker. This was something you and I just discussed.

PETER BAKER [THE NEW YORK TIMES]: Yeah.

BRZEZINSKI: So it’s this reality that, yes, the pandemic has crested in many ways, data showing that. The data also shows that there are still people in hospitals.

BAKER: Yeah.

BRZEZINSKI : COVID is still a major cause of death for some people.

BAKER: Absolutely. Each day three hundred people are losing their lives. It’s not, obviously, anywhere near where it was at the peak, but that’s still a danger for a lot of people.

BRZEZINSKI – It might be more like a flu number.

BAKER: Right, right. But there are some more vulnerable ones.

BRZEZINSKI: Right.

BAKER: And you would think a 79-year-old president might be in the vulnerable category but they’ve decided it’s worth him going. They’re not going to let him stay for the meal. Now a lot of people will say that’s probably a good thing for other reasons as well. [Laughter] But they’re trying to find some way of balancing it out. But he’s gonna be there for the evening with 2,600 people in a big ballroom. It’s a real interesting decision on their part.

BRZEZINSKI: Yeah, I’m not sure about it. Joe, I can see that you’re eager to join the fray. I’m not sure about the decision to have the White House Correspondents’ Dinner event, I’m really not.

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, let me just say it here –

BRZEZINSKI: I don’t think it’s a good idea.

SCARBOROUGH – Let’s just put the ball in the punch bowl, and tell the president that he should not attend the event.

BRZEZINSKI: They shouldn’t have the event!

SCARBOROUGH: There’s no reason why he should go to the event. I mean, we’ve all been in that event before. Even when there wasn’t a pandemic it was unhealthy. You can see that people get so jammed together and tight in those places.

BRZEZINSKI: Drinking.

SCARBOROUGH: I think the President – and I’m dead serious – I think the President, Willie, should do a video. I think he should thank everybody, he should say what he’s going to say, but when you have the Vice President of the United States with COVID, when you have the President of the United States in a high-risk group, there is no reason for him to go to that event. You can save it to a cassette. Get the VCR or the beta, I don’t know what format they use at the Hilton, push it in, press play, and let them see the President. The President doesn’t need to go there. This isn’t healthy. Unwise. Wouldn’t be prudent.

WILLIEGEIST: This is the opinion of another president. You are right. This is something I can agree with. I – first of all, we all appreciate, I think, the support and the gesture of the President showing up to support journalists whose work is difficult and hard, especially in places like Ukraine, but also to an industry that’s been under fire from the previous president. That is something that we can all appreciate, I believe. But having said that, I don’t know that it’s worth it to expose the President to that room on that night and we’ll see if he does end up going.

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9:46 am ET

BRZEZINSKI : Joe, just a quick point. I want – because not to be a complete hypocrite, I’m here in Washington, where I was attending events. And I am telling you that my experience here in Washington at events is that it doesn’t feel – people’s guard gets down, the masks come off, it is too soon to be having a White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. It’s too soon because everyone gets all packed in there and they’re all excited to see each other, some people have a few too many drinks and it’s just a mess.

SCARBOROUGH: It’s just a mess. Don’t mess with the President. Don’t go to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Don’t go to clubs. Don’t do any raves for a while. You can wait a few more weeks. You’ll thank yourself and America will thank you as well.

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