Indeed, WHCA president Margaret Talev delivered wonderful remarks about her late father who fled Communism in Bulgaria to immigrate to this country; the WHCA's scholarships and the WHCA awards to top White House reporters.
"I like making fun of people when they're there", she said on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in mid-April. "I'm very happy with what I said, and I'm glad I stuck to my guns", Wolf said on NPR's "Fresh Air."
"It's 2018 and I'm a woman, so you can not shut me up", Wolf cracked Saturday night, "unless you have Michael Cohen wire me $130,000".
All sorts of critics have weighed in.
Celebrities, fellow comedians and a number of journalists have defended Wolf, explaining that she did what she was hired to do in roasting the current administration.
"I wasn't expecting this level, but I'm also not disappointed there's this level".
"I knew what I was doing going in", Wolf said. "And I don't want the cause of unity to be undercut". What's Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women?
We think that Wolf did her job, which was to entertain.
Some prominent journalists joined Trump administration aides in defending Sanders.
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Ms. Wolf's 19-minute set also took on Democrats and the news media itself.
"Michelle did exactly what she should do, which was she upset everybody", said Anthony Atamanuik, a Trump impersonator who hosts the Trump-themed "The President Show" on Comedy Central.
On YouTube, streams of the stand-up act have been viewed more than six million times combined.
But there are a lot of people rising to Wolf's defense, too. The star power dimmed appreciably past year when the famously thin-skinned Trump, who routinely slammed reporters as dishonest and their work as "fake news", announced he wasn't attending.
"I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 miles away from Washington swamp...with a much, much larger crowd", Trump said at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania during last year's dinner, according to the Washington Post.
Wolf told Gross that his absence affected her approach on stage.
But now? Things have changed.
"I thought it sent an important message about the role of government and the press and being able to communicate with one another and work together", Talev added. Like maybe she's born with it, maybe it's lies. And throughout it all, Wolf hasn't said much, aside from a few tweets. Sanders sat at the head table with association board members.
In particular, Sanders sat while a team of CNN reporters received the Merriman Smith Award for their reporting on the so-called Russian Federation dossier.