White House Correspondents Dinner / French Presidential Elections

DONALD TRUMP PASSES THE 100-DAY MARK AS PRESIDENT, AND SKIPS DINNER!

HELLO, EVERYONE. I’M RICK JACKSON. THANKS FOR JOINING US.

LAST SATURDAY WAS PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S 100TH DAY IN OFFICE, A MILESTONE THAT HE THAT HE NOTED IN HIS WEEKLY ADDRESS.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: "I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF MY ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN JUST ABOUT MOST SUCCESSFUL IN OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY."

BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP OPTED OUT OF ATTENDING AN ANNUAL EVENT THAT’S BEEN VISITED BY EVERY U.S. PRESIDENT FOR THE PAST 36 YEARS.
IT’S THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT’S DINNER - A WASHINGTON, D.C. TRADITION – HELD SINCE 1921, IT’S A GATHERING OF THE WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT’S ASSOCIATION. A CORRESPONDENT IS A REPORTER WHO WRITES ABOUT A PARTICULAR SUBJECT – IN THIS CASE, THE CORRESPONDENTS FOCUS IS ON THE PRESIDENT; AND HIS ADMINISTRATION.

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JEFF MASON WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS' ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT:

"TONIGHT LOOKS A LITTLE DIFFERENT, BUT THE VALUES THAT UNDERPIN THIS DINNER HAVE NOT CHANGED. IN FACT, I THINK THEY'VE BEEN REINFORCED. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE GOOD JOURNALISM. WE ARE HERE TO CELEBRATE THE PRESS, NOT THE PRESIDENCY."

THE DINNER SERVES AS A SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT FOR JOURNALISM STUDENTS, AND IN RECENT YEARS, A GOOD-NATURED ROAST OF THE SITTING PRESIDENT.
BUT INSTEAD OF GETTING ROASTED – PRESIDENT TRUMP WS OFF RALLYING SUPPORTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA.

WHILE OUR NEW PRESIDENT REACHED A MILESTONE -- ACROSS THE GLOBE IN FRANCE, VOTERS WILL SOON DECIDE WHO WILL BE THE NEXT RESIDENT OF THE ÉLYSÉE PALACE. THAT’S THE FRENCH VERSION OF THE WHITE HOUSE, WHERE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF FRANCE WILL LIVE.

VOTERS THERE HEAD INTO A RUN-OFF ELECTION THIS WEEK, CHOOSING BETWEEN EMMANUEL MACRON - AND MARINE LE PEN. THOSE TWO CANDIDATES WERE NARROWED FROM A POOL OF 11 CANDIDATES DURING THE FIRST ROUND OF VOTING IN APRIL.


Instructional Links


Website Article & Video: White House Correspondent Association, History Of The WHCA

Encyclopedia Article: World Book Student, France | Includes explanation of government

Website Article: BBC News, French election 2017: Why is it important?

Website Article: New York Times, How the Election Split France | Includes maps of detailing election results

Online Reference Book: Occupational Outlook Handbook, Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts

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