Pray at the Pump founder Rocky Twyman Friday plans to put the screws to all the revelers floating around #ThisTown for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner by publicly petitioning President Barack Obama to prod the host journalists and visiting celebrities to pursue more worthwhile causes.
“Special prayers will be offered for our partying White House correspondents whose news organizations are spending millions on impressing Hollywood stars instead of using money for investigative stories that impact the nation,” Twyman said in a release announcing his intention to picket outside the White House from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. “PAPM would like to see all these stars that come to town for this gala show the world the importance of community service through volunteering at one of the soup kitchen, homeless shelters, prisons or any number of community projects,” Twyman said. “Such acts would give more relevance to this gathering that over the years has become the most prestigious social event in DC … while thousands are starving to death blocks away from the White House.”
Twyman and his supporters hope to drive their message home by hoisting aloft signs reading “President Obama — Why Are We Wasting Money on Hollywood Stars That Can't Name One White House Correspondent” and “President Obama: Encourage the Journalists Who Cover Your Every Move to Do Community Service Before the White House Correspondents Dinner” among other social justice-themed slogans.
The group also intends to solicit contributions for Glenn Ford, a cancer-stricken Louisiana man recently denied hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution after being wrongfully imprisoned for nearly three decades.
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