But with Donald Trump skipping the White House Correspondents' Dinner for the second year running, the honour of attending this year went to his press secretary, Sarah Sanders.
Sanders said the president had encouraged his staff to attend, and that she thought it was "important for us to be here".
After enduring biting mockery from comedian Michelle Wolf, she looked as though she might be regretting the choice.
Many administration officials, including the president himself, became the butt of the joke. (Trump tweeted the following morning that he thought the event was "boring" and that Wolf "bombed".)
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