Pence jokes with ‘enemy of the peo­ple’ at din­ner

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Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has de­clared that the me­dia are the “enemy of the peo­ple”, but his ad­min­is­tra­tion is will­ing to joke around with re­porters — and poke fun at it­self — in a ven­er­a­ble lo­cal tra­di­tion.

Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence was the fea­tured speaker on Satur­day night at the 132nd an­nual Grid­iron Din­ner, a comedic white-tie af­fair fea­tur­ing skits, songs and speeches.

He called the din­ner “a light­hearted respite” from bruis­ing belt­way pol­i­tics and dished out a num­ber of jokes, in­clud­ing a dig at the Best Pic­ture snafu at last week’s Academy Awards.

“We haven’t seen that many shocked Hollywood lib­er­als since Nov 8,” Pence said, re­call­ing Trump’s up­set elec­tion vic­tory.

Trump did not at­tend the din­ner, but in­stead, spent the week­end at his coastal Florida es­tate. For more than a cen­tury, ev­ery pres­i­dent had spo­ken at the din­ner at least once.

But while most of Pence’s re­marks were self-dep­re­cat­ing, he also chas­tised re­porters over what he con­sid­ered un­fair news cover­age, seem­ing to chan­nel his boss, the me­dia critic in chief, by say­ing “we all just have to do bet­ter”.

Most of the night, though, was good-hu­moured with jabs at Hil­lary Clin­ton, White House leaks and the lin­ger­ing ques­tion of Rus­sian in­flu­ence in the elec­tion.

The din­ner is a Wash­ing­ton tra­di­tion. The Grid­iron Club was founded in 1885, just af­ter the elec­tion of Grover Cleve­land. He never at­tended a din­ner, but ev­ery pres­i­dent since had been at least once.

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