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First Lady Tunes Up White House With Jazz Fest
AP Report ^ | June 15, 2009

Posted on 06/15/2009 5:40:17 PM PDT by Steelfish

First lady tunes up White House with jazz fest

Mrs. Obama launches workshop to let students learn from musical legends

First lady Michelle Obama, right, and daughters Malia and Sasha attend a concert during a jazz music workshop at the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on June 15, 2009.

View related photos Alex Wong / Getty Images

The White House sounded more like the music wing of a high school than a seat of government Monday — and that's just the way first lady Michelle Obama likes it.

Mrs. Obama launched a White House music festival that brought 150 students together with musical legends like Wynton Marsalis and Paquito D'Rivera for a workshop on jazz, which the first lady called "America's greatest artistic gift to the world."

A jazz ensemble is like a democracy, Mrs. Obama said, and proves that "when we work together, there's nothing we can't do."

The students in the workshop were chosen from some of the nation's top music schools, including the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts in Washington, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in New Orleans. With instruments in tow, they filed into the ornately decorated White House East Room and State Dining Room to learn from the masters of their craft.

"I think it's good for the youth to come in and learn about music," said Linton Smith, a 17-year-old trumpet player from New Orleans.

From hosting music workshops to inviting schoolchildren to help plant a vegetable garden on the South Lawn, Mrs. Obama has said she wants to open the White House up to the American public.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: flotusmichelle; jazz; music
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1 posted on 06/15/2009 5:40:18 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish

Nixon had a huge party full of jazz immortals at the WH to celebrate Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday -40 years ago.


2 posted on 06/15/2009 5:41:58 PM PDT by Mac from Cleveland (How to make a small fortune in the Obama era--first, start off with a big fortune....)
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To: Steelfish

For the cost of this the Obama’s could endow a couple of inner city music schools to expand their summer programs...

Heck, they could get these jazz guys to do a benefit and donate the proceeds to a Chicago city music school for disadvantaged kids.

They could, but since the Obama’s are all about personal publicity this fits their need much better. Lots of Obama related good press in a short period of time.


3 posted on 06/15/2009 5:43:19 PM PDT by coconutt2000 (NO MORE PEACE FOR OIL!!! DOWN WITH TYRANTS, TERRORISTS, AND TIMIDCRATS!!!! (3-T's For World Peace))
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To: Steelfish

gonna make it a real compared to what


4 posted on 06/15/2009 5:44:04 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Steelfish

The unending stream of tongue-bath media puff pieces continues.


5 posted on 06/15/2009 5:46:04 PM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: yldstrk

“gonna make it a real compared to what................”

Les McCann


6 posted on 06/15/2009 5:46:33 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Steelfish
with musical legends like Wynton Marsalis and Paquito D'Rivera for a workshop on jazz, which the first lady called "America's greatest artistic gift to the world."

Is the workshop "America's greatesit artistic gift to the world" or is Marsalis or D'Rivera? And, btw, will classical musicians ever be represented in the Obama White House or is it rich folks' music?

7 posted on 06/15/2009 5:48:31 PM PDT by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: yldstrk

I believes Mochelle is going to have the fabulous, (Young Hots) sing “Only My Mammie Love Me, but She Could Be Jivin Me Too.”

Mochelle also say “bring along a honkie and get yo ass in fo free.”

In addition, (Leotis Elevator) is going to sing “Baybay I Hads Mys Ups and Downs.”

Skin In Da Game,
NSNR


8 posted on 06/15/2009 5:51:58 PM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat
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To: Steelfish

From hosting music workshops to inviting schoolchildren to help plant a vegetable garden on the South Lawn,


Has the veggie garden had a harvesting photo op yet?


9 posted on 06/15/2009 5:53:02 PM PDT by deport
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To: Steelfish
Was she still wearing her walking-the-dog clothes?


10 posted on 06/15/2009 5:53:21 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Steelfish

11 posted on 06/15/2009 5:55:24 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: LucyT

OMG! This is First Lady Unbecoming.


12 posted on 06/15/2009 5:55:26 PM PDT by Steelfish
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To: LucyT

That dog knows when there’s a camera around it seems....


13 posted on 06/15/2009 5:55:28 PM PDT by deport
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To: No Surrender No Retreat

well sakes alive that is just so cooooooooooooool of Michelle, now, ain’t it?


14 posted on 06/15/2009 5:56:56 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: LucyT

I just figured out why her arms look so toned Because she has a hugh ass


15 posted on 06/15/2009 5:57:20 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: keepitreal

snort no mention of Louie Armstrong?


16 posted on 06/15/2009 5:57:46 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: LucyT

Cannon a$$.


17 posted on 06/15/2009 5:58:12 PM PDT by dforest (Anyone dumb enough to have voted for him deserves what they get.. No Pity!)
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To: LucyT

gads, them are some natural looking duds there now


18 posted on 06/15/2009 5:59:37 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: yldstrk

hip-hop

I have to agree with this:

Mrs. Obama said she wants young people, including her own daughters, Malia and Sasha, to be “aware of all kinds of music — other than hip-hop.”


19 posted on 06/15/2009 6:00:29 PM PDT by rwa265
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To: Steelfish

I wonder if Eric Clapner wil be featured.


20 posted on 06/15/2009 6:04:00 PM PDT by Nachoman (Think of life as an adventure you don't survive.)
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To: Steelfish
How does that saying go...WHILE ROME BURNED NERO FIDDLED. SOB'S while folk are losing their jobs because of them they are traveling, partying, shopping, golfing taking Air Force 1 for a joy ride etc at taxpayers expense...bunch of low lying SOBS without one day of honest work for the people...the examples are endless! WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE!!
21 posted on 06/15/2009 6:10:18 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Steelfish; GOP_Lady; Neverforget01

22 posted on 06/15/2009 6:18:52 PM PDT by maggief (I)
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To: coconutt2000

I think people are beginning to see that it is ALWAYS ABOUT HIM, First, Last and Always.


23 posted on 06/15/2009 6:23:40 PM PDT by chiefqc
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To: al baby

and thunder thighs


24 posted on 06/15/2009 6:23:56 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Mac Conchradha - "Skeagh mac en chroe"- Skaghvicencrowe)
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To: LucyT

Um, er, ah...nevermind.


25 posted on 06/15/2009 6:26:27 PM PDT by razorback-bert (We used to call them astronomical numbers. Now we should call them economical numbers.)
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To: Steelfish

Michelle’s arms were also in attendance.


26 posted on 06/15/2009 6:26:30 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama as President is like hiring a mechanic who never saw a car before.)
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To: Steelfish

Michelle’s arms were also in attendance.


27 posted on 06/15/2009 6:26:30 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama as President is like hiring a mechanic who never saw a car before.)
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To: rwa265

Good on her for promoting Jazz! Give some praise where it is due!


28 posted on 06/15/2009 6:30:15 PM PDT by balls
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To: maggief
Where does she manage to find all those hideous sweaters?
29 posted on 06/15/2009 6:30:32 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: Steelfish
The students in the workshop were chosen from some of the nation's top music schools, including the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts in Washington, and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz in New Orleans.

Where is the barf alert?! Mee-shell is a pandering, wannabe idiot. She and her 0 of a husband listen to smooth "jazz". The Duke and T roll over in their graves to smooth jazz. The 0bama's are to the presidency what Kenny G. is to jazz.

(HURL!)

30 posted on 06/15/2009 6:34:15 PM PDT by LiberConservative
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To: maggief
Bet she's glad to be home

The fish and chips were sitting on her hips.

31 posted on 06/15/2009 6:34:44 PM PDT by Neverforget01 (Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it.)
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To: maggief

I believe she wears a hair piece.


32 posted on 06/15/2009 6:36:29 PM PDT by angcat
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To: Neverforget01; maggief

I am convinced that is their date night belt.


33 posted on 06/15/2009 6:37:14 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Neverforget01

she is such a mess.


34 posted on 06/15/2009 6:38:34 PM PDT by Arizona Carolyn
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To: Steelfish

People always dress that way in Government Housing.


35 posted on 06/15/2009 6:38:52 PM PDT by MaxMax (America's population is 304-Million. Obama must punish America for the other 4.7 Billion)
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To: LucyT

Black dog sheeeeting (or trying to baaaarf) on the White House graassssss??

Oooops, man's best friend taking First Whatever for walk in the people's first garden, while Iranians are having fun in the streets, while first Zero is "fixing" hellcare. There is your "Change"....

36 posted on 06/15/2009 6:42:51 PM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Neverforget01

Booty call.

Aren’t flags required on over sized loads?


38 posted on 06/15/2009 6:45:55 PM PDT by sleddogs
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To: coconutt2000

Really good points. This sounds nice until you read it all - only 150 kids will benefit from it.


39 posted on 06/15/2009 6:46:13 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Neverforget01

The posture on both of them needs to be worked on.


40 posted on 06/15/2009 6:47:59 PM PDT by smalltownslick
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To: Steelfish

And Hitler loved Dogs and Children.


41 posted on 06/15/2009 6:48:44 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (One Man's Messiah is another Man's Fuhrer...)
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To: LucyT
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43 posted on 06/15/2009 6:50:17 PM PDT by mojitojoe (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: Neverforget01

Hey, you’re a poet and don’t even know it!


44 posted on 06/15/2009 6:50:56 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: LucyT

SEriously....WHO is that woman walking the dog??? It CAN’T be Michelle O....it just can’t....say it ain’t so.....she looks worse than I do when I take out the GARBAGE!


45 posted on 06/15/2009 6:51:29 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: LucyT

Lord have mercy!

Looks like she slept in that outfit.


46 posted on 06/15/2009 6:52:36 PM PDT by Palladin (David Letterman is a dirty old man.)
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To: angcat

Re: “I believe she wears a hair piece”

********

Yep, just like Oprah -— there is little doubt in my mind about that.


47 posted on 06/15/2009 6:53:05 PM PDT by CaliforniaCon
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To: Neverforget01

OMG! Is that her in that awful sweater and skirt??? Is this a JOKE?


48 posted on 06/15/2009 6:53:29 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: jimbo123

Damn!! Mochelle be looking likes da She Creature froms Kenya.


49 posted on 06/15/2009 6:55:28 PM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat
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To: Arizona Carolyn

I think she is evil.

Just, weel, yuch.

Mean spirited and all.

Not a nice person.


50 posted on 06/15/2009 6:57:15 PM PDT by Shyla
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