It’s been a long time since the inauguration, and so Washington’s ruling class needed a new excuse to party. That’s what the White House Correspondents Association dinner is all about. Here are some pictures—-wonderful scene work by the Washington Post‘s Lois Raimondo. Here’s some instanalysis of Wanda Sykes’ jabs at some famous right-wingers. And some real analysis of Obama’s boasts at the dinner vs. the reality of what his administration stands for.

The real story of the weekend, of course, is the weather. Your WCP Retrocast this week is brought to you by me. It was a beautiful weekend, despite predictions of rain and some turbulence on Saturday. That didn’t happen. And Sunday fell in line with predictions of perfect weather—-sunny, bright, warm-but-not-humid, though the wind did kick in mid-morning and messed up some tennis players out there.

A point about the Post: Look, this industry is dying. There could be no future for the stuff we do. Your print advertising was down, like, 33 percent in the first quarter of 2009. Given those conditions, abandon convention, please. Just throw it out the window. Why on earth, that is, do you run a Mother’s Day feature on the front page tied to the special relationship between star Terrapin receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and his mom. The question here is this: Would this feature make it into the paper on any day other than Mother’s Day. Easy call—no way. Then don’t run it at all. Here’s the big news in this one: He’s going to buy her a house.

More gripes: Haven’t we covered the whole question of online comments quite enough?

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