White House Correspondent Ksenija Pavlovic Mcateer gives her take on the latest news from the White House

Good Morning DC,

“Democracy is not a reality show,” President Biden said on Saturday at the WHCA dinner to a room starring Kim Kardashian at ABC’s table. 

Trevor Noah had some excellent lines, but he ultimately chose safe, Republican targets and went soft on the government.

The WHCA dinner should have featured Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, or Bill Maher. Dave Chappelle, if you wanted to celebrate the First Amendment. Everything else is just Keeping Up With the Establishment. Say the skit. Clap.

It was a night to remember as the night when the Covid 19 news beat died. No journalist will be able to preach about the pandemics, indoor gatherings, and mask-wearing after attending a party with thousands of people.

WaPo journalist tweeted from the room, saying, “This room is like a horror film. No exits. Literally getting trapped between tables. Fear of breathing near people but people are everywhere. Creeping sense that you’re the only one who knows this is insane.”

What she did not mention was that the attendance was voluntary. 

Life is a movie premiere in Washington DC. Do not look behind the scenes, as once you remove decorative props, the vacant space is laid bare.

Your top news stories of today are below. 

THE WHITE HOUSE

At 11:00 AM ET, the First Lady will speak at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s press launch for the spring Costume Institute exhibition In America: An Anthology of Fashion. Jill Biden will tour the exhibit with Andrew Bolton and Sylvia Yount.

At 1:45 PM, Biden will present the Presidential Rank Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the federal career civil service, to 230 winners from 37 federal agencies. 

At 4:00 PM, the President and the First Lady will host a reception in the East Room to celebrate Eid al-Fitr.

DIGITAL ASSETS

The Wikimedia Foundation that runs Wikipedia will no longer be accepting cryptocurrency donations.

TODAY’S CRYPTO PRICES

Bitcoin (BTC):$38,476.83

Ether (ETH):$2,793.03

SOL:$86.83

LUNA: $82.80

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

In France, forty-five people were arrested, and eight police officers were injured in protests during the May Day parade. “No to capitalism,” the left wing protesters were shouting on the streets of Paris while starting fires and attacking banks, McDonald’s, and travel agencies. 

The US House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has made a surprise visit to Kyiv and met with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky. White House official confirmed that President Biden spoke with Speaker Pelosi on Sunday following her return to Poland. 

Fifteen years after leaving power, Tony Blair is back on the political stage in Britain. He has been featured in a video ad by the Labour Party ahead of the local elections. Blair is full of words of praise for Sir Keir Starmer. 

A Conservative MP, Neil Parish, who admitted to watching porn on his cell while in the Chamber in the House of Commons, has resigned.

New Zealand has opened its borders for the first time in two years.

And that’s a wrap for this Monday morning, May 2, 2022. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first. 

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Ksenija Pavlovic McAteer

Ksenija Pavlovic is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Pavlovic Today, The Chief White House Correspondent. Pavlovic was a Teaching Fellow and Doctoral Fellow in the Political Science department...