On May 3 Archer History Chair Lucy Pinkwater attended the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The first dinner was held in 1921, and it has since become a prestigious event.
Pinkwater describes her experience as “truly remarkable.” She was able to get a “private tour of the White House,” and feels it was “fascinating to sit on the furniture and look at all of the paintings.”
She was accompanied to the dinner by her husband, who was there on business.
“It was a sort of a mish-mosh of all different worlds in this one room, and it was pretty amazing to be at the epicenter of all that,” she says.
She and her husband were seated directly next to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. She describes her spot as, “Grand Central Station as far as having people wanting to go up and talk to him”
However, being next to Christie was at times awkward for Pinkwater. She says, “A lot of the jokes were about him, so it was a little uncomfortable to be seated near him while he was being made fun of, but afterwards he had such a good sense of humor about it.”
Overall, Pinkwater says she had a great time and “feels very fortunate to have gotten to attend.”