The White House hosted a gaggle of spoken word poets for a celebration of the art form Tuesday. It was yet another “hipper than thou” moment in White House history that either left you dazzled or left the Stuffy McStuffingtons bewildered and confused.
Among the performers was musician/poet Eric Lewis, aka ELEW, who does a type of improvisation he calls “rock jazz.” People tend to get it or they don’t. The Washington Post wrote that Lewis saw an invitation to the White House as “a validation for his music.”
“I just met the first lady and I gave her a purse, a red clutch,” Lewis said in an interview prior to the performance. “She loved it. She said she saw some videos of me where I reached inside the piano and played the strings. She wanted to make sure I do that on [this] performance. It was nice to receive her okay. She told me to rock the house and do my thing on the piano.
“I can’t tell you how special it is that Michelle Obama asked me to go inside the piano,” said Lewis, who performed “Mr. Brightside.” “For her to be that cool and open-minded to request it shows me some people get it, and some people don’t.
“The one that got it happens to be the first lady.”
I’m starting to think they keep doing these things just so I have an excuse to put up more pictures of Michelle (and the girls). It’s a conspiracy, I say. A c-o-n-spiracy of fabulousness.
Oh, and there was some sort of celebration for the spoken word and whatnot. Who cares. That Asian-inspired blouse Michelle has? I want. I need.
More pictures after the jump.