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Obamas to Host Third Command Concert Since Sequester

by Keith Koffler on September 16, 2013, 7:52 am

President and Mrs. Obama Monday night will host their third “command performance” since the sequester began in March, grooving in the East Room to the sounds of Hispanic music.

Obamas danceAmong the stars who will appear to serenade the first couple are Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Raul Malo, Prince Royce, Natalie Cole, Lila Downs, Arturo Sandoval, Romeo Santos, Alejandro Sanz and Marco Antonio Solis.

While workers are being furloughed throughout the government, services are cut, and White House tours remain on ice, private concerts for the Obamas somehow remain beyond the budget axe. The Obamas hosted a “celebration” of Memphis soul music in April and a tribute to Carole King in May.

Tonight’s Música Latina: In Performance at the White House is actually the second musical event featuring the Latino music, the first being what was billed as a “Fiesta Latina” on the South Lawn. Estafan also performed there, as she did during the Carole King concert.

Michelle has also invited 130 middle and high school students from around Washington to  take part during the day in an educational workshop, Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music. Some of the performers will drop by.

Tonight’s command performance, the 12th of the Obamas’ tenure, will be broadcast Tuesday, October 8 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS.

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Michael September 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

Keith, you know that being a cool president has always been exempt from the sequester. That’s not likely to change.

Aileen September 16, 2013 at 9:05 am

I swear that I thought your title read “Commoners Concert!”

Scottso September 16, 2013 at 9:08 am

So we’ve music by Blacks, Jews and Hispanics
When do we get music by Russians?
Oh that’s right….Putin already played Obama.

Aileen September 16, 2013 at 9:16 am

Made me truly laugh out loud

Shofar September 16, 2013 at 9:28 am


We have a winner!

Girly1 September 16, 2013 at 10:39 am


Mandy Manners September 16, 2013 at 10:45 am


Star September 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

That was good.

Bonnie September 16, 2013 at 12:07 pm


sportinlife10 September 16, 2013 at 9:22 am

I wish someone would ask the carny why there’s no money to open OUR WH to us, but there’s enough of OUR money to stage (yet) another Command Performance.

Langley Spook September 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Excellent Point…
Why does NO ONE in the “WH press corps” ask that SIMPLE question at the daily brief?

(BTW, I wonder how many memebers of WH press corps are going to this event tonight?)

carnation September 16, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I agree with you 100% What an ebarrsemend thhis man is . no pride no nothing!

GWShrub September 16, 2013 at 9:23 am

What? No muzzy music? puke.

Shofar September 16, 2013 at 9:28 am

I would be interested to know how the Obama command performance concerts compare with previous administrations.

Perhaps Knoller has it in his magic hat a list of the past administrations personal concerts. It seems to me that the Obamas have far outstripped the prior residents of the Oval Office and West Wing. I may be wrong in that assessment, and would love to see the numbers.

CiscoKid September 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

Campaigning for the Hispanic vote on taxpayers dime.

srdem65 September 16, 2013 at 10:12 am

Just how does NatalieCole, a celebrated soul singer ( Nat King Cole’s daughter), fit in this tribute to Latin music?
What, no mariachi bands? Must be too ethnic.

cincycinco September 16, 2013 at 10:13 am

Election’s comin’ up. Black vote is always and forever locked up, so no worries there. Time to pander to the “Hispanic” vote, since we’re poised to vastly increase it anyway…

Of course, it’s always fun to watch Obama act like everyone who falls between “Black” and “White” on his racist spectrum (with an occasional carve-out for “White Hispanic”) looks pretty much the same to him. Watch as he places people from countries as diverse in history and culture as Cubans, Mexicans, Brazilians, Argentinians, Nicarauguans, Coasta Ricans, Puerto Ricans, Peruvians, Dominicans, Bolivians, Chileans, Columbians, Ecuadorians, French Guianans, Paraguaians, Guyanans, Surinamese, Uriguayans, Venezuelans, Guatemalians, El Salvadorians, Belezians, and Panamanians, into the same hat, and probably makes it a sombrero while he’s at it.

While I wouldn’t put it past him to “discover” an odd “Hispanic” ancestor or two in his murky family tree, Obama has no interest in “them” other than how they serve his needs at the moment. Pandering to “Hispanics” as though “they” are a monolithic voting bloc like he has turned Black people into demonstrates his racism as regards folks who have a greater range of skin tones and beliefs than his simple world can accomodate; and not everyone South of the Rio Grande even speaks Spanish, though I doubt he’s worked any Portuguese pitches into his TelePrompTer.

His only interest is to play “them” against White people to consolodate his own power. If this means giving out free, uh, “U.S. Personhood” documents and “Free” access to the crumbling health care system he’s busily ruining, so be it. To him, once enthroned by a 2014 election he plans to give him a truly rubber stamp Congress, he’ll put “those” folks in there place as well.

Mark my words; he has no tolerance for any religion other than that of the State or that of Islam. This will be the bitter pill that “Hispanics” will be forced to swallow if he is sucessful in his taqiyya. He is no freind to ANY one in America, whatever their legal status, and his policies will reduce the United States so it is economically no different than the countries they have left, while setting the stage for it to be as torn up with riots as bad as any we have heard of in despotic regimes all over this hemisphere.

A little salsa doesn’t make up for his hatred and ignorance.

Star September 16, 2013 at 11:03 am

Maybe one of his Irish ancestors married a Basque.

srdem65 September 16, 2013 at 11:28 am

Yes, this administration thinks all Hispanics are the same, no matter their country of origin or culture. Even in the greater Mexico, there are differences between those of pure Inca ancestry and those who have Spanish blood. They can just look at each other and define the difference; those with Spanish blood have facial hair, those of Incan blood don’t. Northern Mexicans are much taller, more Anglo than those from the southern areas. Northern Mexicans might have blonde hair and blue eyes, where southerners have dark hair, brown eyes and facial features that resemble American Indians.

I know, just as every Arizonan who pays attention knows, that all people from South America don’t look the same, don’t think the same, and really don’t trust each other, either.

Susan September 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Spot on, srdem.

Rosanne Smithe September 17, 2013 at 7:31 am

“Incan” should have been “Mayan”

Junius September 16, 2013 at 10:28 am

The historical similarities between the arrogance and behavior of Louie the XVI and Marie Antoinette, and Dictator Obama and our first Entitlement Queen, Moochelle are eerie. History does repeat itself. Dictator Obama and Queen Moochelle spend and party like there is no tomorrow but there always is a tomorrow, otherwise known as the Day of Reckoning. Enjoy all that expensive wine and gourmet viands while you can Obamas because there will be a price you will have to pay for it. In the end nothing is free.

“All arrogance will reap a harvest rich in tears. God calls men to a heavy reckoning for overweening pride.” Herodotus.

cincycinco September 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Somewhat more recently, but still as applicable to the vain and empty works of our Caliph;

“I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed.
And on the pedestal these words appear:
`My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:
Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away”.
-Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Ozymandias”

I like the “sneer of cold command” for Obama particuarly. Prophetic, nicht wahr?

Langley Spook September 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

…still need to watch last night’s Breaking Bad :-)

Star September 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

Bread and circuses–only he gets the circuses and we don’t. I don’t even care. Nothingburger!

Girly1 September 16, 2013 at 11:02 am

Barack and Michelle….who? This is all a bad dream!

frank September 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

Americans are weak and stupid. Decades of indoctrination have led to our captivity. We live in an immoral society where sex, money and sin are celebrated. We now have a police state where dictarors and sodomote fools reign supreme. Obama and his scum bag family are traitors and must be arresthed for their crimes.

Avery September 16, 2013 at 2:25 pm

It’s what happens when a large segment of society votes for a president using the same qualifications they’d use to pick an Oscar winner. The word that sums up the Obamas best is: superficial.

Lizzy September 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Let’s see we’ve got a active shooting at the Navy Yard sadly deaths.
People in Colorado are being flooded they are missing dead and stranded. But let’s party.

Langley Spook September 16, 2013 at 12:38 pm


pianogirl88 September 16, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Why should they cancel an evening of fun and frivolity at the WH just because there was a tragedy at a military facility anywhere in the world? They didn’t cancel a campaign trip to LV after Benghazi.

Lizzy September 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm

We have a winner parties always come before common decency
with the Obama’s.

Rhonda Barrett September 16, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Just be grateful it’s not in Spain, with 300 Rent-A-Friends and a second jet for the real dog. And, be grateful for no Iranian caviar. Oh yeah, I’m just assuming NO IRANIAN CAVIAR. Kids don’t usually eat fish eggs.

gracepmc September 16, 2013 at 1:37 pm

With the WH fortress closed to the public and visitor’s logs also closed to public scrutiny I am surprised the guest list was released.

As I said before I hope there is a pinata and that it looks like him.

cincycinco September 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

“As I said before I hope there is a pinata and that it looks like him.” -gracepmc

Putin ALREADY beat Obama like a piñata, and – surprise, surprise – all that fell out was more of Obama’s venom for his “fellow U.S. Persons”…

cincycinco September 16, 2013 at 1:49 pm

After his failure on the International stage, he’s just happy to prove he can command SOMETHING…

smogdew September 16, 2013 at 2:02 pm

I hope they have an absolutely wonderful time – it’s ‘keeping the entertainment crowd in the loop’ to vote Democratic. I cannot wait until 2016 (if we ever see it).
They are beyond gauche, hypocritical, selfish and un-American – he has to be the worst president in World History – and think how many
really bizarre men have been in that role. Needless to say, she is a total nothing and huge flop – can’t believe she finished college.
It’s all about ‘them’, they eat, sleep and drink our tax money. He abuses our military that I’m amazed anyone is left. I have NO respect for the pentagon, Joint Chiefs of Staff – he jumps, they say ‘how high’ – cowards all. I’d rather sleep in the street than follow anything he said.

Langley Spook September 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm


(I’ll have to use, and fit the word “gauche” into more of my discussions about the Obamas)

Don Merriam September 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I hate to say it, but you soon may get your wish and be sleeping in the street the way this country is going under the Democrats.

jayleigh September 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

hmmmm so why are “white house command performance concerts” NOT in the sequester? Let’s sequester the POTUS and consort! Let’s sequester his golf clubs and course membership. Let’s sequester Air Force I, II,III and IV (heh heh) Let’s sequester the “first dog”.

William Howe September 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm

“Let them eat cake!”, said Michelle.

fuck obama September 16, 2013 at 2:30 pm

While workers are being furloughed throughout the government, services are cut, and White House tours remain on ice, private concerts for the Obamas somehow remain beyond the budget axe. The Obamas hosted a “celebration” of Memphis soul music in April and a tribute to Carole King in May.

Gary M. September 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm

The question for America is simply this: WHY DO WE PUT UP WITH IT?

James September 16, 2013 at 2:45 pm


Langley Spook September 16, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Cut & paste that, and email it to the White House :-)

marcelyn sinclair September 16, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Great way for the president to show his consideration of the killings this
morning. Just like him….celebrate at every chance….. for how will he do this when he is LONG gone from office….and that should be sooner than later. I PITY the entertainers who show up to honor the PRES. and his CHARMING first lady….WOW….nauseating!!! Most of us will never listen to these so called celebrities again!!! …….Why would they submit to this….oh I forgot….it is an honor to entertain the two biggest frauds this country has ever known!!!

ketrout September 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm

This is truly stupid and an insult to the American people! 2016 will not come soon enough!

Obama and his spouse think of themselves as “King & Queen”, but in my personal view it should be “DUMB AND DUMBER”

Girly1 September 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Ghetto Queen addresses her base of lo-info voters;

“Barack will shake his groove thing” tonight:–Obama-will-shake-his-groove-thing

Art September 16, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Obama thinks he’s exceptional. Boy is fooled. Reverend Wright coached him well in “down low”. It’s funny that the Reverend Wright scandal has been hushed up even though he stole millions from the poor.

edna bowden September 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm

How true! Always looking for votes. He is ruining our great country and making fools of us!

Lizzy September 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Donate all the floral centerpieces to hospital perhaps to the injured and
military. Donate the food to the needy. Keep the booze must keep
these folks drunk with power. They will be dancing on graves tonight.

Butch White September 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm

If anyone deserves the disgust and hatred of the American people, it’s this pile of pig shit in the white house.

Arthur Palm USA ret September 16, 2013 at 6:00 pm

Apparently the king and his court are above such mundane abstractions as a mere sequester, that’s only for taxpayers

rulierose September 16, 2013 at 6:16 pm

update: they just announced on the news (6:13pm) that the concert has been cancelled because it wouldn’t have been appropriate considering the shooting today.

that’s good, but it’d be interesting to know if that was Obama’s idea, or some PR guy who realized how bad it would look. I wouldn’t put it past the King and Queen to want to have their fiesta anyway…which is a terribly sad thing to think about a US president.

Junk Bin September 16, 2013 at 7:12 pm

moochie is not giving up the high and privileged life style just because we are in a depression and the kids think her school lunches taste like vomiy

Ray September 16, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Hey hey hey, everyone has to sacrifice, the king any queen of baboons deserved 6 performances!!

Ray September 16, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I’m tired of walking on egg shells because this phony bastard happens be black!!
Fuck him!!

dee gilbert September 16, 2013 at 8:07 pm

what is this costing the taxpayer ?

dee gilbert September 16, 2013 at 8:08 pm

what I this costing the taxpayers?

Kenneth Deaver September 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Reminds me of a story about some Roman Emperor “fiddling” while Rome burned. Hmmmmmmm!

Loretta Laskin September 16, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Shame on our president for hosting a party tonight when 14 Americans were murdered and 14 Americans injured. Shame on you. And the tragedy happened right in Washington DC. Unbelievable!!!!!

Loretta Laskin September 16, 2013 at 9:50 pm

How dare the president of the United States have a party tonight?
It is unbelievable that he and his wife can be festive on such a sad day for Americans. There are 14 dead and 14 wounded by these insane men and there is much sadness in our country for their families. And yet our president? does not call off this party. Unbelievable!!!!!!!!

Diana Smith September 16, 2013 at 11:51 pm

You should be ashamed of yourself! You aren’t the president of America, because no president would do what you’re doing tonight after what happened today in the Navy Complex!! You’re a real ASS!
I’m ashamed you are in office, very glad I didn’t vote for you!! If it was a muslim scum you would react much differently! I hope there’s a special place in hell for you and your tramp!

57girl September 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm

This crap will go on, as long as the American people are willing to put up with it. I guarantee you, if we all said F…Y.. to the IRS at the same time, and refused to pay any ‘illegal’ income taxes, things would change on the Hill. Either that, or we’d see a repeat of 1776, which we may be seeing, sooner, or later, anyway.

To be honest, I’m surprised things have gotten so far, without another Revolution, yet.

Gov't Worker September 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm

So as a civilian government worker who busted my tail this past year working in a developmental assignment that was far above my regular duties, my annual contribution award was cut to 0% because of the sequester. So this means that I have been paid the same as the worst-performing government worker in my pay grade. And it means that my performance doesn’t matter because it isn’t awarded. And we just got off of a 6 week furlough. I haven’t had a cost of living increase since 2010, and this year I’m getting paid less than any of the past 4 years, despite my work output, proficiency, and responsbility growing exponentially. Obama, enjoy your dance. I’ll be staying at home to conserve money and look for a better job.

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