In fairness to O, he deserved some fun after a busy week of doing and saying nothing about China having utterly destroyed America’s espionage capabilities. Besides, after last week’s Democratic betrayal on TAA, the guy’s now retired for all intents and purposes. There’s nothing for him to do these days apart from hosting concerts and plotting his next concession to Iran.
Seriously, though, if you could get Prince and Stevie Wonder to play your house, you’d make time too.
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 Adviser Susan Rice.
First daughters Sasha and Malia were also at the show, we’re told.
In one showstopping number, Prince introduced Wonder to the stage and the pair sang “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” for grooving guests.
The guest list was august indeed:
Leaving the White House party w/POTUS and FLOTUS. Awesome to see Prince and Stevie Wonder on keyboards together. Unbelievable experience.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) June 14, 2015
Or rather, what we know of the guest list was august. The White House won’t confirm who was there because it was a private party and that’s that. Didn’t taxpayers pay for it, though, reporters asked Josh Earnest? Nope, said Earnest. This was on the Obamas’ dime. Which is … interesting given that the public pays for the White House and for the president’s security. The public also has an interest in knowing which CEOs and lobbyists are tight enough with the president to earn a spot in the audience at a private concert. (Or at least, it will once the president’s a Republican.) Even so, unlike most concerts given at the White House, this one didn’t show up on O’s public calendar. How come? Because none of your business, says Earnest. I’ll make him a deal: We’ll let it slide so long as no clips end up on the White House YouTube channel of Obama dueting on “Raspberry Beret” or whatever. If he wants to leverage Prince’s cool for his own image, publishing the guest list shouldn’t be too high a price.
Or maybe, if we’re patient, Chinese hackers will publish it instead.