It’s the most wonderful time of the year — Christmas carols are playing everywhere you go, Americans are focusing on the true meaning of the season, and holiday parties are in full swing. However, there’s one notable absence from the party calendar.
For many years, it’s been a tradition for the White House to host a full schedule of parties, with each event being a special time for a certain group of people that work there. For example, some parties for the president’s family, some have been for friends, others have been for military members, and so on. The tone has been festive, with chances to take pictures and shake hands with the president and nibble on delicious goodies made by the highly skilled White House chefs.
And one key party each year has been for the press to get a chance to mingle with the president. But not this year. It should come as no surprise to anyone, especially the press, that there will be no party for the press on the busy White House social calendar for December.
President Donald Trump’s first holiday season in office should have given a strong hint that things were trending in the direction of completely cancelling the White House party for the media. That’s because rather than an evening party, which is what would take place in the past, there was a mid-afternoon short gathering that did not have the same feel as a festive and relaxed gathering.
Of course, the press didn’t exactly help their cause when they had a chance to be alone with the president. He told them that the comments he made were off the record. But they published them anyway. Not a good idea.
It has been no secret, to say the least, that many members of the press do not get along with Trump. They dislike him, and he dislikes them, frequently calling them out for being “Fake News.”
There was the recent incident in which CNN’s Jim Acosta had another of his well-publicized disagreements with Trump at the White House. Acosta was being his usual argumentative self during a time that was supposed to be for reporters to take turns asking questions. Acosta had already asked Trump some questions. A White House assistant stepped over to Acosta to take the microphone and hand it to a different reporter. At that point, Acosta would not give up the microphone, and was rude to the female assistant. Acosta was even banned from the White House soon after that, although his credentials were restored shortly after.
Many other members of the media are more civil, but still do not have many warm feelings toward Trump. So, a White House party would be quite awkward, to say the least.
It’s just as well that there will be no White House party involving the media. The holiday season is supposed to be filled with joy, peace, laughter, and fun. It’s hard to imagine that a party involving the president and such bitter rivals would be a scene that would include any of those positive themes.
~ Conservative Zone