Party at the White House, Again

Katie Pavlich

4/9/2013 12:03:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

Sequester? What sequester? The White House is still closed to the public and little school children on spring break but it'll be open tonight as President Obama hosts a slew of celebrities for yet another lavish party.

Tonight’s special White House “celebration” of Memphis soul music marks the tenth time President and Mrs. Obama have been treated to an exclusive East Room “command performance” of American music featuring major stars, past and present.

While the performances are televised and celebrate the nation’s culture, some may wonder whether during an era of soaring deficits it is wise to stage what are also in effect private parties for the first couple.

And with this evening’s event, the performances are officially part of the “sequester-free zone” at the White House. As is well known, the daily White House tours did not make the cut.

And yes, this is happening on your dime.

To attend any event at the White House, one must be invited. (The White House is now closed for public access by members of the general public.) And especially this one, with Hollywood and musical stars--and with remarks by the president of the United States.

Since it's an official event, we know who's picking up the tab. The taxpayers.

If you're feeling left out, you can join the party online tonight when the event is streamed live online at whitehouse.gov.