Please, President Biden, bring music back to the White House. The country needs it.
Still, the contrast with the Obama administration could not be more profound. The 44th president’s celebration of music included almost every genre imaginable, with country, hip-hop, classical, pop, rock, R&B, Latin and Broadway artists taking their turns in the East Room. The sights and sounds of figures like Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, B.B. King or the cast of “Hamilton” performing for the Obamas and their guests was the norm. President Barack Obama used his office as an excellent forum to expose this country and its inhabitants to our rich, diverse musical heritage.