The Obamas threw a party at the White House for 500 guests who were treated to a private concert in the East Room by Prince, supposedly on hand to “celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month,” according to the New York Post.
Really? There’s an altruistic angle to this glorious indulgence?
Stars were on hand aplenty. Incredibly, the whole thing was completely hushed up. I gather the government can keep some secrets when it involves something important.
From the Post:
Spotted at the exclusive two-hour concert — during which Prince played hits including “Kiss” and “Purple Rain” — were Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his date, singer Ciara, artists Jon Bon Jovi and James Taylor, TV & film stars Tyler Perry, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Gayle King, Tracee Ellis Ross, fashion designer Naeem Khan and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons.
Also there, Carlyle’s David Rubenstein, 32 Advisors’ Robert Wolf and American Express’ Ken Chenault, plus DC power players former Attorney General Eric Holder, Education Secretary Arne Duncan and National Security Advisor Susan Rice.
First daughters Sasha and Malia were also at the show, we’re told.
No word yet on how this all was paid for.
Apparently guests were instructed to check their cell phones so Twitter wouldn’t be ablaze with photos of the bacchanal.
The absurdity of the situation – you know, economy contracting, ISIS on the march, trade bill goes down, and people nevertheless swinging from the chandeliers in the White House – gives me an excuse to put up this sketch by Dave Chapelle.