Well, the Obamas Thursday evening got another awesome musical performance staged just for them, this one justified by the presence of special Olympians who were honored at the White House.
Pretty good camouflage. I mean, who could call them out for celebrating special Olympians?
The Obamas were treated to a private concert, along with special Olympians and other guests, by none other than the tireless Obama advocate Katy Perry. Not sure if anyone else performed. Stevie Wonder was in the house, so maybe they made him sing for them. The press was only invited in to see one Perry song.
From the pool report.
During the performance, POTUS and FLOTUS sat in the front row, alongside Gayle King,co-anchor of CBS This Morning and Oprah’s BFF. It was hard to see them from the back of the room, but FLOTUS was clapping and grooving.
Michelle, of course, just got back from a partially taxpayer-funded excursion to Chicago, where after a fundraiser she caught the other queen of pop culture, Beyonce. She was photographed clapping and grooving there too.
Man, this woman goes to more concerts than I did in college.
During brief remarks prior to the concert, Obama said of Perry:
I love Katy Perry. She is just a wonderful person. I just met her mom, now I know why she’s such a wonderful person.
Yes, she’s wonderful. Nobility, even.
Anyway, there were indeed many touching moments during the event, which included moving testimony by some of the guests:
Each of the athletes onstage shared stories about how the Special Olympics helped them to thrive, and some told heartbreaking stories about being bullied, being told they were “too stupid to understand” anything and being told they would never amount to anything.
And then there was this irresistible gesture, which is currently going viral, the hug heard ’round the world.
The Special Olympics are of course the brainchild of the Kennedys, who are in part responsible for creating Obama by backing him over Hillary during the 2008 primary. So maybe this is a little bit payback for the help.
Anyway, here are the crumbs the White House offered up for you and me. Why the cameraman chose to spend so much time at a wide angle when Perry looked this good is beyond me.