Obama Summits with Grateful Dead

By Beacon Staff

I’m sorry, but I just can’t leave this one alone. I imagine one of the most jarring things about being President of the United States has to be the incongruity of confronting deeply serious matters alongside the trivial in the course of a few hours. Like today, where Obama spent the morning giving an overview of the nation’s economic health, then spent part of his evening giving the surviving members of the Grateful Dead a tour of the Oval Office. Apparently band members were particularly taken with how neat the president keeps his desk, and in a cool coincidence, a vase of scarlet begonias rested on a table outside the Oval Office. The band plays one show tonight in Washington D.C.

From the Washington Post:

After admiring the Scarlet Begonias, the band went next door to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to meet with the most prominent Deadheads in the Obama White House: senior advisors David Axelrod and Pete Rouse, and deputy chief of staff Jim Messina. All three are planning to go to tonight’s one and only Dead show in Washington, we’re told.

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