You know all those rumors that the choice of Rich Little was based, in part, on a desire to play it safe following Stephen Colbert’s performance last year? Not true, says WHCA President Steve Scully:
TO: White House Correspondents’ Association
FR: Steven Scully, President WHCA
RE: April 21st Dinner
The White House Correspondents’ Association never dictates or censors the content of a press dinner entertainer’s act. Recent stories have indicated we set down certain guidelines to the agency that handles Rich Little’s booking, asking that he not mention Iraq and refrain from criticizing the president. This is not true.
As president of the association, my advice to the MPI Agency in Los Angeles when we booked Rich Little in December was to follow the time-honored Washington motto the annual Gridiron Dinner: “SINGE, BUT NEVER BURN.”
We are thrilled that Mr. Little has accepted our offer to share his unique brand of political humor and presidential impersonations at our annual dinner, created to raise money for the WHCA Scholarship program.