Thought you might want to see how tonight’s Motown celebration is kicking off.
From the pool report:
Pool escorted into East Room at 7:15. As guests were seated, pooler spotted D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, and Stevie Wonder. At 7:30 VPOTUS and Dr. Biden entered, then POTUS, FLOTUS, and daughter Sasha.
POTUS took to the podium.
“Tonight we continue one of my favorite traditions at the White House.”
He said that he couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Black History Month than to do celebrate Motown.
“Over the years, this room has hosted some of most talented musicians in the world,” POTUS said.
POTUS talked about the history of Berry Gordy starting Motown in a basement in Detroit.
“He turned new talent into stars,” POTUS said.
“It began with Smokey Robinson, then Diana Ross…Soon the basement was turning out hits faster than Detroit was turning out cars.”
With that, POTUS opened the show: “Let’s take a trip back to that studio in Detroit, and enjoy the sounds of Motown.”
John Legend, Jamie Foxx, Nick Jonas and Seal were introduced. They came out, and sang a melody of Motown songs.
Foxx sang “Get Ready.”
Jonas sang “The Way You Do the Things You Do.”
Seal sang “I Can’t Get Next to You.”
Legend sang “Aint Too Proud to Beg.”
With that, the pool was ushered out.