Stevie Wonder Honored

Entertainers & The White House  -

February 27th, 2009

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It’s only fair that the most stressful job in the world (the second being the Director of Photography on the set of Christian Bale’s next film) has its perks.  After deliberating over the stimulus, healthcare and Afghanistan, what is a Commander in Chief to do?  Easy. Call a rock and roll hall of famer to blow it out at the White House.

Earlier this week, President Obama awarded Stevie Wonder the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Award.  While the two friends were happy to celebrate another milestone together, the President’s inner circle must have wondered if they could stand hearing the campaign theme song, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” one more time.

Numbers

37

The combined number of Grammys between the two Gershwin Award Winners Stevie Wonder (25) and Paul Simon (12). The Gershwin Prize recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. Almost there Marilyn Manson, almost there.

Quote

My short-term memory is so bad I don’t remember that.  I’ll check with Jimmy, see if he remembers.

Willie Nelson when asked about smoking a “big fat Austin torpedo” on the White House roof after performing for President Jimmy Carter.

Later, when talking about his mistakes in office, Carter would be quoted saying, “you can blame half of that on Willie.”

Fact

In 1971 Elvis Presley scribbled a letter to President Nixon on American Airlines in-flight stationary requesting to be made the "Federal Agent at Large" for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.    Proving to be crazier than The King’s three musketeers get-up, Nixon agreed in spite of there being no such position.  

The List

Past Great White House Performers

Artur Rubinstein World renowned pianist
Frank Sinatra  Iconic crooner
B.B. King  Legendary blues guitarist 
Monica Lewinsky  Meat whistle enthusiast
The Bottom Line

Any celebrity can get invited to the Playboy Mansion, but an invitation to the White House?  That is pretty cool. Not catching herpes in the hot tub is a double bonus. 

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