A Gospel Celebration At The White House

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 That wonderful moment Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul serenades and praises you



U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an "In Performance at the White House" television event at the White House in Washington


Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an 'In Performance at the White House' television event at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama delivers remarks as he plays host to a tribute to gospel music for an “In Performance at the White House.” Also included on the program were Bishop Rance Allen, Aretha Franklin, Rodney Crowell, Rhiannon Giddens, Emmylou Harris, Darlene Love, Lyle Lovett, Tamela Mann, the Morgan State University Choir and Michelle Williams



Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul


Shirley Caeser and the Morgan State University Choir perform in the East Room of the White House

Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch, Michelle Obama,  Marian Robinson




The legendary Darlene Love


Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child


Tamela Mann


Rhiannon Giddens

Barack Obama


Barack Obama, T. Bone Burnett

U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to play host to a tribute to gospel music for an "In Performance at the White House" television event at the White House in Washington

President Barack Obama is applauded by T. Bone Burnett and audience members as he arrives


@TheObamaDiary: President, First Lady and Mother-in-Law-in-Chief at Gospel Night in the White House.

100 Responses to “A Gospel Celebration At The White House”

  1. 1 vcprezofan2
    April 14, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    C’est moi, encore! 😎

  2. 10 Dudette
    April 14, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Alrighty! Congrats VC! 🙂

  3. 12 Dudette
    April 14, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Wow! This thread is definitely a keeper! Thank you so much Nerdy! Beautiful (and freakishly speedy job) putting this together! You are a wonder!

  4. 17 Dudette
    April 14, 2015 at 10:11 pm

  5. 18 Nerdy Wonka
    April 14, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Still on a high after that AMAZING concert at the White House. So thankful for the deep felt appreciation of the arts President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have and how we all get to enjoy it.

  6. April 14, 2015 at 10:13 pm

    “Reality TV stars Kim and Khloe Kardashian picked possibly the most controversial time of year to visit their ancestral homeland of Armenia: just before the April 24 centennial of the 1915 mass killings of as many as 1.5 million Armenians by Ottomans in present-day Turkey, which the Armenians call genocide — a term Turkey vehemently rejects. The junket also came as Pope Francis called the killings “the first genocide of the 20th century.” That comment angered the Turks so much that they recalled their ambassador to the Vatican, with the Turkish foreign ministry issuing a statement that the comment was “based on prejudice” and “distorts history.”

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    …Armenians both in Armenia and abroad said they hoped the pop culture icons’ trip would bring further awareness to the issue. “The Kardashian family trip to Armenia has helped shine a global spotlight on Armenia and the Armenian Genocide — sharing the historical facts and the need for justice for that crime with millions,” said Elizabeth Chouldjian, communications director of the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA). “The Kardashians have helped strike a powerful blow at Turkey’s campaign of genocide denial,” she added…continued

  7. April 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much Nerdy!

  8. April 14, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    “In the 1980s, Ollie North and Fawn Hall gave us the Iran-contra affair. Now we’re experiencing the Iran-contradiction affair. A week ago, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) went on television and proposed abandoning the nuclear deal just reached with Iran and returning to the 2013 interim agreement that started the talks. “What I would suggest is, if you can’t get there with this deal, is to keep the interim deal in place,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” He repeated his idea of “keeping the interim deal in place that’s been fairly successful and have a new crack at it with a new president that doesn’t have the baggage of Obama.” It’s a reasonable argument, but it was roundly refuted by . . . Lindsey Graham. In November 2013, he panned the interim deal he now praises as successful….

    …Moshe Yaalon, Israel’s defense minister, wrote in The Post last week: “The choice is not between this bad deal and war. The alternative is a better deal.” This is the same Yaalon who said in February that “every deal that will be signed between the West and this messianic and apocalyptic regime will strike a severe blow to Western and Israeli interests and will allow Iran to become a nuclear threshold state and continue its terror activities.” Perhaps Yaalon, in dropping his recently held belief that “every deal” would be bad, is just reflecting the prime minister’s confusion. Back in 2012, Netanyahu said the international sanctions regime had been “ineffective” and “hasn’t worked” and had failed to deter Iran’s nuclear progress. Even after the United States and Europe toughened sanctions early in 2012, Netanyahu said that year that there hadn’t been “any impact on Iran’s nuclear weapons program.” He had earlier predicted that sanctions “probably” wouldn’t work at all. But in criticizing Obama’s agreement last week, Netanyahu said sanctions — sanctions he had said weren’t working — had “proven effective” against Iran..cont”

  9. 42 Judith Fardig
    April 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Thanks NW for this thrilling post. Missed the live concert, but could just feel the joy through your pictures, tweets, etc.

  10. April 14, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    Did the air condition back down. I keep seeing FLOTUS fanning.

  11. 48 vcprezofan2
    April 14, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Did the Obama Administration Just Defang the War Hawks on the #IranDeal?
    Spandan Chakrabarti April 14, 2015

    Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously approved a bill allowing for Congressional review of the Iran Deal the details of which are being hashed out in the United Nations this very moment. The breakthrough development came earlier this morning, however, when the White House signaled that President Obama would sign (albeit unenthusiastically) a compromise proposal that shortened the Congressional review period and made it more difficult for Congress to scuttle the deal. That contrasts with the President’s veto threat of an earlier version of the bill.

    I didn’t quite grasp what was going on until I read the original version of the bill, sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chair Bob Corker (R-TN) and compared it with the reported changes which resulted from the Administration’s relentless lobbying of Congress. Let me lay out the originals and significant changes in a comparative fashion first: ……………………


    • 49 Judith Fardig
      April 14, 2015 at 11:04 pm

      I spent yesterday morning anxiously tweeting to Senate Democrats not to sabotage President Obama on the Iran Deal. This article by Spandan made me feel slightly better, but I still don’t trust Congress not to screw this up!

      • 50 vcprezofan2
        April 14, 2015 at 11:12 pm

        Judith, I do not trust this Congress at all, including some of the Dems. What keeps me hopeful is the fact that they are, combined, not as smart as the President who seems to always be a step or two ahead of them with alternatives routes. Was it in Sound of Music that Fraulein Maria said ‘When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window’? Pres O keeps his eye on these windows! 🙂

  12. April 14, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    ICYMI: I wish there were more socially conscious CEO’s like this one from Seattle:

    “The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness. It showed that, for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives. His idea bubbled into reality on Monday afternoon, when Mr. Price surprised his 120-person staff by announcing that he planned over the next three years to raise the salary of even the lowest-paid clerk, customer service representative and salesman to a minimum of $70,000. “Is anyone else freaking out right now?” Mr. Price asked after the clapping and whooping died down into a few moments of stunned silence. “I’m kind of freaking out.”…If it’s a publicity stunt, it’s a costly one. Mr. Price, who started the Seattle-based credit-card payment processing firm in 2004 at the age of 19, said he would pay for the wage increases by cutting his own salary from nearly $1 million to $70,000 and using 75 to 80 percent of the company’s anticipated $2.2 million in profit this year. The paychecks of about 70 employees will grow, with 30 ultimately doubling their salaries, according to Ryan Pirkle, a company spokesman. The average salary at Gravity is $48,000 year….

    …..The market rate for me as a C.E.O. compared to a regular person is ridiculous, it’s absurd,” said Mr. Price, who said his main extravagances were snowboarding and picking up the bar bill. He drives a 12-year-old Audi, which he received in a barter for service from the local dealer. “As much as I’m a capitalist, there is nothing in the market that is making me do it,” he said, referring to paying wages that make it possible for his employees to go after the American dream, buy a house and pay for their children’s education…..Mr. Price said he wasn’t seeking to score political points with his plan. From his friends, he heard stories of how tough it was to make ends meet even on salaries that were still well-above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. “They were walking me through the math of making 40 grand a year,” he said, then describing a surprise rent increase or nagging credit card debt.“I hear that every single week,” he added. “That just eats at me inside.”…Phillip Akhavan, 29, earns $43,000 working on the company’s merchant relations team. “My jaw just dropped,” he said. “This is going to make a difference to everyone around me.” At that moment, no Princeton researchers were needed to figure out he was feeling very happy.”

  13. April 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Will POTUS will be in North Carolina tomorrow?

  14. 55 purpleshoesla
    April 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    I am now a fan of Rhiannon Giddens…… What a voice!

  15. 59 vcprezofan2
    April 14, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    11:10pm and I picked up 51 pieces of mail !!!! Yipeee! Woot-woot! 😀 😀 I have every intention of stopping on this super accomplishment. I am SO proud of me!

  16. 76 vcprezofan2
    April 14, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    • 77 vcprezofan2
      April 14, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    • 78 Dudette
      April 15, 2015 at 1:06 am

      Milt makes a salient point so long as he’s really talking about personal attacks and not just people voicing legitimate concern.

      Voters get discouraged when they feel their concerns aren’t heard/met. The candidate who addresses them head on with sincerity (especially when it’s tough*) will see enthusiasm soar and we’ll all be stronger for it. The candidate who evades or is murky about their intentions will likely get the cold shoulder come election day. [Witness the 2014 mid-terms]

      Questioning a candidate about their principles, what they stand for, and what their priorities and plans are, is by no means an attack.That’s the corerstone of the democratic process. It’s what our political system is supposed to be about. I, for one, am not interested in crowning a King or Queen over the people. I want My President to be a Champion Of The People.. If you feel you’re too entitled to bother addressing my or any other Democrat’s concerns about what kind of President you’ll be, well, fuck it. I don’t even want you on the ballot, cuz you sure don’t deserve my vote.

      [*See 2008 Barack Obama speech on race in response to the Jeremiah Wright controversy.I think that speech won the primary for him, and quite possibly the election. His nomination acceptance speech in Denver just sealed the deal, IMHO.]

      • 79 99ts
        April 15, 2015 at 3:34 am

        I was thinking similar Dudette – it must be very hard to support dems when they partner the GOP to vote against the President.

      • 80 vcprezofan2
        April 15, 2015 at 10:52 am

        Good Wednesday morning, Dudette!

        I was remiss in not including a couple more of Milt’s tweets that would have addressed your first concern. He did state somewhere that he wasn’t talking policy concerns. He mentioned that again this morning.

  17. April 14, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    (Chef) is one of the more enjoyable movies I’ve seen in the past year btw 🙂

  18. 86 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2015 at 12:06 am

    Oops, it’s after midnight. I’m off to do a bit of calm reading. Good Night and Sweet Dreams, one and all!
    #nightamk wherever you are in your travels!

  19. April 15, 2015 at 12:12 am

    If you are one of these “reporters” chasing HRC’s van….quit life!

  20. 91 Dudette
    April 15, 2015 at 1:28 am

    Young girl dropping some knowledge. Love this!

  21. 92 Dudette
    April 15, 2015 at 1:29 am

  22. 93 Dudette
    April 15, 2015 at 1:36 am

  23. 94 Dudette
    April 15, 2015 at 1:38 am

  24. 99 No Child Left Behind
    April 15, 2015 at 7:45 am

    Good Morning TODVille!

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