The slaves who built the White House must be rejoicing in jubilation because President Obama and Michelle Obama have turned up the lights and let the sunshine in. Even the ghosts of our ancestors are probably dancing to the sounds of poetry and music.
It is such a joy to have an intelligent POTUS (president of the United States) because those of us who have been starved intellectually for the past eight years can now sit back and live vicariously like never before. Sweet Honey in the Rock sang for Black History month, Stevie Wonder was feted at a dinner, and now we have a poetry slam. Slamma jamma! They know how to engage our sensibilities, and they really know how to pull off a good party that is oh, so elegant.
White House social secretary Desiree Rogers promised that she would find ways to "open up" the White House so that it would be inclusive in ways it has not been. So far, I give her and Mrs. Obama an A. All of their public events appear to be designed to open up the place and get rid of the staid, overly pomp and circumstance of the past. In so doing, they have redefined its use without sacrificing one iota of dignity of the House. I love it!
Now comes information about the Poetry Slam they hosted last night. This must have sent a lot of the old guard running to "google" the words "poetry slam." The most delightful and cutest picture is the Obama girls sitting at their very own dining table. Presidents Carter and Clinton invited their children to attend these high faulting events, so it is a joy go see these little princesses enjoying these opportunities.
They invited students from American, Gallaudet, Georgetown, and Howard Universities to participate in the event. What an experience this must have been for these students. Additional information from the White House website state:
Tonight, the President and the First Lady will host an evening celebrating poetry, music and the spoken word. This event is designed around the theme of dialogue, showing how dialogue is important in every aspect of who we are as Americans and as human beings, and demonstrating how communication is a constant throughout the ages. The hope is also that this evening's gathering helps ensure that all voices are heard, particularly voices that are often not heard. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of upcoming and legendary performers such as Joshua Bennett, James Earl Jones, Eric Lewis, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, Mayda Del Valle and Esperanza Spalding.