Bringing culture to the White House?

If you wondered or not the White House was a better – and more civilized – place since the Obamas took up residence, then a peek at yesterday’s entry in the This Week With Obama blog may help you make up your mind.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Obamas Hosted a Poetry Jam (Pictures)

Yes at the White House. I will post the video when it is available. Change has really come, for real. And if you have not attended one, DO SO, it is that good.

Even on weeknights, the White House is a party house. The Obamas hosted a star-studded poetry jam Tuesday night that President Obama said was meant to “celebrate the power of words.” Michelle, meanwhile, told guests to “enjoy, have fun, and be loose.” Several writers of various backgrounds performed, including James Earl Jones and Mayda del Valle. Director Spike Lee, ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, and even veep Joe Biden were spotted in the crowd, enjoying music from bassist Eric Lewis and singer Esperanza Spalding. “Our goal really is to bring the house alive,’’ White House social secretary Desiree Rogers said. Since Inauguration Day, the Obamas have hosted Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder, Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, and Paul Muldoon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet from Ireland

The signs are good, are they not? The whiff of phoniness that occasionally surrounded the Kennedys pretentions at holding the cultural high ground cannot be detected here. Or can it?


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