"People sometimes ask me what the biggest perk of being President is. Number one is the plane," Obama said amid laughter at a White House function yesterday in celebration of
American creativity.
"Number two is Buddy Guy comes here all the time to my house with his guitar. And then Esperanza brings her bass and stuff happens around here," said the US President.
The event marked the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"It is our artists who hold up a mirror to our society, reminding us of our common purpose and our collective obligations," he said.
"Our music in particular has always been an honest reflection of who we really are -- a reflection of our successes and our shortcomings; of our diversity, our imagination, our restlessness; of our stubborn insistence on blending the old with the new, tradition with experimentation," Obama said.
"We're singing about everyday life: rich people trying to keep money, poor people trying to get it, and everyone having trouble with their husband or wife! Except me," Obama said amid applause.


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