Fmr. Planned Parenthood employee to host White House Correspondents dinner

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 19, 2014 ( — Next year's White House correspondents' dinner will be hosted by a former employee of Planned Parenthood.

Cecily Strong, the anchor of Saturday Night Live's “Weekend Update,” will be the featured entertainer at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner next April 25. The glamorous event features an A-list of media agents and Hollywood stars in an annual celebration of the infotainment complex.

Strong told SNL alumna Rachel Dratch, “I worked at Planned Parenthood in Chicago for a long time in the corporate office” during an interview for Michigan Avenue magazine earlier this year.

“Her political humor is sly and edgy, and it comes with a Chicago accent,” WHCD President Christi Parsons told Politico.

In one of her skits, Strong's character broke up with her pro-life boyfriend after Lena Dunham explains that Planned Parenthood simply provides “low cost medical advice and care.” In fact, abortion accounts for 93.8 percent of its services to pregnant women.

Strong previously belittled the pro-life movement in the 2012 short, “How to Sponsor a Uterus.”

The politics of the dinner's emcee often affect the night's humor.

In 2009, lesbian comedienne Wanda Sykes used the platform say Rush Limbaugh deserved to die for saying he hoped that Barack Obama failed to implement his platform. Sykes turned to President Obama, who was seated at the head table, and said, “You might want to look into this, sir, because I think maybe Rush Limbaugh was the 20th hijacker, but he was so strung out on Oxycontin, he missed his flight.” After asking if she went too far, she continued: “Rush Limbaugh! ‘I hope the country fails’? I hope his kidneys fail!”

President Obama laughed heartily at the death wish.

Hosting next year's White House gala will come almost one year to the day that Strong took part in Planned Parenthood of Illinois' fourth annual Generations Celebration. That event was co-chaired by Obama family intimate Susan Pritzker. 

Here are a few relevant video clips. Language warning on this, as it was the only version of the full skit I could find:

(Sykes’ comments about Limbaugh begin at 2:02.)

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