When historian, journalist, and biographer Ron Chernow was invited to be the featured speaker at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner toward the end of April, it was a marked departure from the usual selection of a stand-up comedian. The 70-year-old Chernow would follow 2018 dinner speaker Michelle Wolf, whose edgy — many thought tasteless — presentation met with decidedly mixed reviews. Even though Chernow doesn’t do stand-up, his speech to the assembled journalism glitterati was quite amusing in addition to being enlightening.
Quote: “I’m delighted to make a spirited case tonight for the First Amendment. We now have to fight hard for basic truths we once took for granted. We gather here in perfect security because of a little piece of parchment called the Bill of Rights that has acquired the status of American scripture. In the last analysis, that paper barrier stands between a free press and executive tyranny.” — Ron Chernow at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
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Ron Chernow’s work has garnered many awards — including a Pulitzer Prize — and has included a number of bestselling books. Learn more on Wikipedia. >>
Watch Ron Chernow’s speech at the 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner [31:30]. >>