Jack White Loves Detroit


John Gallagher: The anonymous benefactor who recently paid the entire $142,000 balance in taxes to prevent Detroit’s Masonic Temple from falling into foreclosure was revealed today to be musician Jack White. The Detroit-born White has performed on stage on several occasions at the Temple and partly grew up there when his mother served as an usher there.

In announcing Jack White’s identity as the anonymous donor, Detroit Masonic Temple Association President Roger Sobran stated: “Jack’s donation could not have come at a better time and we are eternally grateful to him for it. Jack’s magnanimous generosity and unflinching loyalty to this historic building and his Detroit roots is appreciated beyond words.”

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This is your introduction to the musical wunderkind and wonderful human being that is Jack White.


120 Responses to “Jack White Loves Detroit”

  1. 1 Jovie
    June 4, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    What an ass!

    • 2 hopefruit2
      June 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Wapo or the protester? I’m guessing both.

      • 3 Jovie
        June 4, 2013 at 8:54 pm

        Why do you heckle First Lady at a Democratic Fundraiser?

        • June 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

          I freakin’ just want to SCREAM.

          I’m so sick of every other tom, dick and jane disrespecting PBO and FLOTUS no matter the venue when they’ve fought harder than other other living First Family. It’s disgusting and moronic and just plain STUPID.

          • 5 Jovie
            June 4, 2013 at 9:00 pm

            They’re Republicans!

            • June 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

              I guess so! GEEZE.

            • 7 nathkatun7
              June 4, 2013 at 11:40 pm

              I think you are right, Jovie. These must be Karl Rove’s goons planted to disrupt the Democratic party.

            • June 5, 2013 at 1:06 am


              You are correct! They are republicans! I attended the fundraiser, and this woman was NO Democratic supporter. There were approximately 150 people who really enjoyed a spirited, and inspiring speech by our lovely First Lady. This heckler had a male associate, who was also yelling at the First Lady. The hecklers did not upset the First Lady. Mrs. Obama approached the woman when all the attendees around the heckler were becoming upset. I think the First Lady was attempting to take the sting out of the situation…she was not dismissing this heckler. I am pained by the increasing nastiness directed at the entire First Family.

              This was not about the LGBT community. Our hosts were lesbians. This was a political ambush by evil forces. These people want to silence our First Lady. She is awesome! Her speech was the best speech I have heard her deliver. The republicans have “nothing” on their side so they are attacking an outstanding person.

              We must take a firm stand against the negative politics represented by this heckler. The aim of these people is to make the news. We see the WaPo presents exactly the story they were trying to get from the MSM–a negative story about our First Lady. They want to turn the public against our First Family. Please speak out about the disrespect!

          • 9 anniebella
            June 4, 2013 at 9:11 pm

            meta, I understand exactly where you are coming from.

            • June 4, 2013 at 9:15 pm

              When I think of the sacrifices this family have made – the long distance & time away from each other for years on end, the endless campaign, the adjustment of young children, the NEVER ENOUGH standard of achievement, the constant racism and death threats – it just makes my blood boil.

              • 11 vcprezofan2
                June 4, 2013 at 9:52 pm

                Meta, these are the reasons, and more, I would not want the O’s to serve any longer than these years they are already committed to, even if they could!

              • 12 nathkatun7
                June 4, 2013 at 11:48 pm

                You are absolutely right Meta! I totally share your disgust of people who are pre-occupied with disrespecting President Obama and the First lady. Thankfully, these idiots, though sometimes aided and abetted by the media, do not represent the majority of We The People who voted to re-elect President Obama.

          • 13 HZ
            June 4, 2013 at 10:10 pm

            Meta, I am “SCREAMING” with you. I am angry, and I can get there when pushed. Our First Lady did not have to take this crap. Enough.HZ

        • 14 anniebella
          June 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

          Maybe the dumb idiot thought FLOTUS will go home and talk POTUS into doing what the protester wanted. I think the protester learn who she can and can’t push around. From what I read FLOTUS didn’t take her B.S., and the audience was with FLOTUS too.

    • 15 vitaminlover
      June 4, 2013 at 9:07 pm

      First lady Obama has an amazing inner strength and courage.

    • June 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      The heckler was “taken aback” by FLOTUS “confronting” her. Well, if you get what you give lady. FLOTUS was like don’t let the designer dudes fool you lady.

      I wonder if/how Maddow will cover this since it was an LGBT protestor

    • 17 jackiegrumbacher
      June 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      Why was this woman allowed to do this in a private home? She should have been escorted out and her money returned the moment she opened her mouth. And then she has the nerve to say she was “stunned” by Michelle Obama’s reaction. Bravo to Michelle. She didn’t have to take this crap and she said so.

      • 18 anniebella
        June 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

        So the protester was stunned by FLOTUS response, guess what I’m sure FLOTUS was stunned by that woman disrespect. And FLOTUS let her know that she wasn’t going to put up with it. FLOTUS can’t pass one bill, she was not elected to anything, she is not the President and that protester should have known better. I think she knows better now.

      • 19 HZ
        June 4, 2013 at 10:18 pm

        Jackiegrumbacher, that was the first thing to come to my mind. This person disrespected the First Lady and the host and hostess home. That tells me a lot about her.

        Lamh36, you reminded me of my constant statement to those who tried to disrespect me during my career in the district. ( However, I did not play that crap). I would also say, “Do not let these jeans fool you.” I will deal with your backside in a minute, if I have to.”HZ

      • 20 99ts
        June 5, 2013 at 1:56 am

        Unreal – did she expect FLOTUS to listen to her and support her rudeness. Funny that this never happened with other first ladies – that the ONE first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt who has worked to support so many – is the one to be “heckled”. Anyone that did that to Laura Bush would have been arrested.

    • 22 Layla
      June 4, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Well that protester wanted attention and she got it…real up close and personal attention. I just love the gutsy First Lady!!

  2. June 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I love that the tune to “Seven Nation Army” is a ubiquitous football chant.

    • 24 utaustinliberal
      June 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      I love that some people don’t know the name of the song but they all know the “dum…dum….dum…dum…dum…dum…dum” beat of the song.

      I’ve always loved the musical genius of Jack White. His philanthropic side just makes me loooooooooooove him even more.

      He also has a great sense of humor as displayed on The Colbert Report.

  3. June 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Ok, now I’m going to have to put on some White Stripes for my ride home. See everyone later!

  4. 26 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  5. June 4, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    What a beautiful soul Jack White has. He’s also quite the eclectic artist. I just watched the movie “Cold Mountain” again and finally realized that was him playing the part of “Georgia”. Cool dude!

    • 35 utaustinliberal
      June 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

      Glad you love it. The musical genius of Jack White at such a young age continues to astound me. I already loooooooooooved him for his creativity and sense of humor, but his charitable side just makes him love him more. The fact that he did it anonymously is just the best!

  6. 37 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Great post UT! Thank you!!

    • 38 utaustinliberal
      June 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      You’re welcome and you’re right about his acting chops. Pretty damned good.

      His music hits all the ranges; from love, to pain, to confusion, to happiness, to passion, to angst, to rage, to joy.

      Jack White’s the BEST!

  7. 40 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Here’s a two-fer:
    1. A smooth beat for GB to dance to! [You can just sway from side to side until you’re ready for full out rump-shakin’] 😀
    2. Bonus: A little follow-up gloat on my “tweet-dropping” from last post (Amel Larrieux is following me! — Squeeee!!) 😎

    Here’s Miss Amel from back when she was lead singer for Groove Theory

  8. June 4, 2013 at 9:12 pm


  9. 46 utaustinliberal
    June 4, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    The heckler interrupting the FLOTUS was being ridiculous and this is why.

  10. June 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Comment from the heckler at FLOTUS’ fundraiser:

    “She came right down in my face,” Sturtz said. “I was taken aback.”

    You better thank your lucky stars she didn’t flex her bicep at your nostril, dumbshit!

    • 48 hopefruit2
      June 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Seriously, meta…as you say, FLOTUS was being too nice!

    • 49 COS
      June 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      How u doing Meta? I am so proud of FLOTUS.

      • June 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm

        Hey COS! Good to see you!

        I’m so furious about this women heckling FLOTUS, I can hardly speak.

        POTUS and FLOTUS are TOPPED OUT on this non-stop insane BS. ENOUGH.

        • 51 COS
          June 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

          Meta, I am also. I hope this is a lesson for other potential hecklers. They need to be confronted every time they do this. I turned on Bill Press this morning and I saw that woman who heckled PBO in his studio talking about how she was asking PBO about the drone program. Of course, I abruptly turned the channel. Why would he even give this witch a platform?

          • June 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

            I shudder to think she is from SF. She and her merry band used to camp out in front of Nancy Pelosi’s home 24/7. How do these people support themselves? Just a bunch of privileged white people who are professional protestors. UGH.

        • 53 nathkatun7
          June 5, 2013 at 12:02 am

          “POTUS and FLOTUS are TOPPED OUT on this non-stop insane BS. ENOUGH.”

          Well said, Meta! Like you I am sick of the blatant disrespect of POTUS and FLOTUS by people like this woman but also by members of Congress and by the media people.

        • June 5, 2013 at 1:21 am

          There were 2 hecklers…a guy and this woman. I attended the fundraiser. The young man yelled out, and the woman joined. The female heckler was within the view of the First Lady. Supporters around the female heckler (including me!) were being vocal about the heckling. There was some movement in the group, and I think the First Lady was actually trying to take the sting out of the situation. Our First Lady Did Not over-react. I believe she was making sure no one became aggressive.

          Thankfully, we have such a positive and effective First Lady. The dumb republicans do not understand grace!

          • June 5, 2013 at 9:28 am

            Thanks so much for adding your account. This whole thing now makes more sense. The way the media portray FLOTUS will be quite different so it’s wonderful to hear your point of view. Thank you!

    • 56 99ts
      June 5, 2013 at 1:58 am

      “You better thank your lucky stars she didn’t flex her bicep at your nostril, dumbshit!”

      Well said – how FLOTUS keeps her cool is amazing – must have learned from her husband – I fear I would have called Sturz out for the idiot she is.

  11. 57 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    • 58 COS
      June 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      They can hire all the top tier engineers in the world, but they will get nowhere if they do not change their policies and stop this war on women, they will forever be in the wilderness.

    • 60 Nena20409
      June 4, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      My guess, they are trying to come up with the Micr-voter-targeting that the Obama Team deployed in 2012 and 2008 elections. I think that is where they are going….using the Social Media.

      No Social Media would Cure their Policies. Their Bigotry. Their lack of skill to Govern. Etc

      • 61 Dudette
        June 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm


      • 62 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

        Yup, they got some ideas from David Axelrod obviously. What Axelrod “forgot” to tell them was that the candidate and his/her policies superseded every strategy or technological innovation. A bad candidate with bad policies is irredeemable. Ooops…..

  12. 65 kathryn kivett
    June 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I am sick of it….just sick, sick, sick of all the disrespect that has been shown towards Michelle and Barack Obama…..Do these people really think that showing just how stupid and rude they are brings ANYONE on their side of whatever issue they are screaming about….I hope the hell he signs whatever and if I have insulted anyone on here…too bad….the LGBT people gave the reward/honor or whatever they gave to Bill Clinton….go scream at Hillary…….and the pink woman who was screaming about Gitmo…THROW HER IN IT….It is awful enough to put up with the RWNJ’s BS….it makes you mad but at least you can say it’s just RWNJs…..but this leftish stuff is just too much to swallow…I am just going to have to disengage for a little bit to protect my sanity….Personally, I wish that Michelle HAD slapped the ca ca out of her but I know she has too much class for that….I guess I don’t…..and one more thing….If these chicken ca ca Democrats that are holding these functions can’t screen who they are allowing in, I hope that MO & PBO tell them they are finished and they are on their on……

    • June 4, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      I’m with you all the way here, kathryn. History will show how the First Couple had the full brunt of post-Reconstructionism thrown at them, all for the audacity of believing they were qualified to lead this nation. They are and will forever be in my steadfast prayers for strength and resilience as they carry on. And half of America can go to hell !

  13. 67 utaustinliberal
    June 4, 2013 at 9:31 pm

  14. 70 utaustinliberal
    June 4, 2013 at 9:32 pm

  15. 75 utaustinliberal
    June 4, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    • 76 Ladyhawke
      June 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

      Well, I guess we can expect to see the heckler making the rounds on the cable shows tomorrow. This will be like catnip for the lazy media stenographers. My guess is The Today Show will land the first interview. Maybe Matt Lauer can ask girlfriend if she understands the difference between an executive order and a law passed by congress. Of course, it should be the first question asked. The next question should be about her upbringing. Didn’t anybody teach her some manners. Her being stunned at FLOTUS response is laughable. Being rude and disrespectful of FLOTUS is a no no. She was the one who decided heckling the First Lady of the United States was the right thing to do. She will have to deal with the consequences of that very bad decision.

  16. 77 Nena20409
    June 4, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    What was this protester wishing to get a Thank You and a Congratulations from the FLOTUS?

    The disrespect from some of these people with one particular issue is infuriating. What about the Golden Rule? She was looking for respect, but lacked the fortitude to give respect back? R E S P E C T, the Queen of Soul sang.

  17. 78 Nena20409
    June 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Jack White has made at least a couple of appearances on The Colbert Report. He was quite good there. Thanks for the Music.

  18. 79 Allison
    June 4, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    These people are disgusting. The President has done so much for the LGBT community. They are so damn UNGRATEFUL and disrespectful. I’m glad FLOTUS went eye-to-eye with Sturtz. POS.

    • 80 anniebella
      June 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

      You are dam right Allison about what POTUS have done for the LGBT community, but it seem some are never satisfied. I think this was FLOTUS saying I’m tired of the crap my husband have to smile and put up with, even from people who he have help alot.

  19. 81 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Oldie but a goodie!

  20. 83 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I sense a need for some levity! 🙂

  21. 84 Nena20409
    June 4, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    G’Nite Folks. Sweet Dreams.

  22. 86 CindyH
    June 4, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Just caught “Legacies” on Open Court on the NBATV channel – awesome roundtable discussion of President Obama by Shaq, Barkley, Chris Webber, Grant Hill, Steve Kerr, Reggie Miller and others. And they ended singing praises of our wonderful FLOTUS. If you get NBATV, be sure and catch it – was great to finally hear the TRUTH about how lucky we are to have President Obama and his beautiful family in the Whitehouse.

    • 87 Dudette
      June 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm

      Sounds great! Don’t have NBATV though. Maybe a friend or neighbor has it. Will be on the lookout!

  23. 88 Asher in Boston
    June 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    What a puck that damn heckler is. You are rude to someone and then taken aback that she was right in your face? If I remember correctly, Flotus said she doesn’t have the temperament of Potus. This Flotus has had to endure all the disrespect and hatred directed toward her family for ages, but she has carried on like a lady and completely ignored the bastards, but it seems like she has had a enough and stood her ground this time. DO NOT mess with our Flotus. You go Michelle.

  24. 90 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Okay :28-51 in this one may be a bit distressing, but keep watching. Trust me, it bets better! 😀

  25. 91 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    • June 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Speaking of disrespect to FLOTUS–Have any of you heard/seen what a school board member in Isle of Wright, VA did? I saw it on FB earlier tonight…..only had time to click and scan quickly. I did ask my daughter if she had heard anything and she said it is all over the local news (Chesapeake). Let me see if I can find the story.

      • 93 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm

        I had read about it on Twitter a few days ago – but didn’t bother clicking on the story.

  26. 94 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 10:07 pm

  27. June 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Well, God bless Jack White. Our Masonic Temple is an amazing building – the largest Masonic building in the world. The cornerstone was laid with George Washington’s own Masonic trowel. (We took a class field trip to see a play there a couple of years ago and I told them the fact about Washington, whom we had been studying, causing them to think that George Washington laid the stone himself-their grasp of time not the best). I ushered there when I was in high school and have many good memories of the place. I have a picture of the Chrysler Men’s Chorus on stage at the Masonic Temple being broadcast live by CBS radio in 1935. I would have hated to see anything happen to it.

  28. June 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    I heart Michelle Obama. That is all.

  29. 98 yardarm756
    June 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    • 99 nathkatun7
      June 5, 2013 at 12:30 am

      Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans are desperately in need of psychiatric intervention. They’ve taken the practice of “projecting” to extremes.

  30. June 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Here is the story. SICK and EVIL!!! How can people be so filled with hate????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • 101 nathkatun7
      June 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

      Thanks Tnmtngirl for sharing this story. Unfortunately, I could not access the videos. What exactly does the error massage that says: “Blocked Plug-ins” mean?

  31. 102 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    • 103 carolyn
      June 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      I suppose she’ll have her Andy Warhol fifteen minutes of fame…..and will have accomplished nothing but showing her ignorance and total lack of manners.

    • June 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      Without having said a formal hello to you all, and about to say good night- I must say that it’s a good thing I’m not on Twitter. I don’t have any patience AT ALL for disrespect of office, and especially for privileged folk who do not see my FLOTUS and POTUS as equal. That is all ! Peace TOD.

  32. 105 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Last bit of off-topic goofy from me tonight.
    Not really goofy though, just some serious dancing talent! For the SYTYCD fans out there! Enjoy!

  33. 106 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    • 107 nathkatun7
      June 5, 2013 at 1:15 am

      Thank you so much, hopefruit for your fearless pushback against these privileged media people! Even the words they chose to use are propagandist words intended to provoke hatred of the Obamas. Why, for example, did Nicholas label the First Lady’s response to a heckler a “confrontation”? Why not simply call it a response to a heckler. The term “confrontation” conjures up the image of an uppity angry Black woman, which the media have been dying to pin on the First Lady. Kristof could have saved us his condescension about liking the First Lady to justify his unfair attacks on her. Black folks know fully well that not everyone who claims that his/her best friends are “colored/Negro/Black/African Americans” is immune to racial biases.

  34. 108 Dudette
    June 4, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Good night everybody!

  35. June 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    A few more ticks on the comment counter and I’ll post our Night Owl chat.

  36. 111 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 10:40 pm

  37. 112 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

  38. June 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    If Chris Christie can confront heckler and be lauded, why not FLOTUS…oh yeah…”angry black lady meme”

    • 114 nathkatun7
      June 5, 2013 at 1:26 am

      Indeed, Lamh! It’s ok for the heckler to disrespect the First Lady and she is supposed to turn the other cheek. Otherwise Kristof and others would label her an “angry black woman.” I am so sick of the so called mainstream media. These are the same media people who were cheerleaders for George W. Bush. But when it comes to President Obama and the First Lady, they are constantly looking for ways to spin everything they do negatively.

  39. 115 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    June 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Hello all, busy day… Only thing I can say about the protester is she’s lucky she didn’t heckle me. I subscribe to the two hit rule — I’d have hit her, she’d have hit the deck…

  40. 116 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2013 at 10:52 pm

  41. 118 desertflower
    June 4, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    I’m appalled that this woman thought that it would be ok to do this to Michelle Obama…who was a GUEST of theirs! Asked by THEM to come speak at their fundraiser! She put aside what she was doing to help them out. She left her family to go out there and speak to them about issues that were important…and considering that her husband has done more to help out the LGBT community that any President in my lifetime….that was mighty lowlife and shitty of her. She owes FLOTUS an apology, at the very least. Talk about entitled and ignorant! It’s repulsive to me. We don’t seem to want to talk TO each other anymore…just AT each other. She’s lucky that FLOTUS has class and manners. I have them too, but I’d have decked her sorry ass.

  42. 119 desertflower
    June 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Anyone want to write and give them a talking to about the proper way to get this done without lashing out at a guest and a woman that has nothing to do with lawmaking??

    http://getequal.org/about/ Contact is on the very bottom…in small print

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