Tuesday night, the White House throws open its doors for a celebrity packed concert celebrating Memphis soul music. Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, and others will be performing at the exclusive event. Maybe they can get a tour of the White House while they are there, because it remains closed to the public.
In reaction to the automatic sequester cuts, Barack Obama shuttered the public, self-guided tours of the White House. The closure was allegedly necessary to trim $2 million from the Social Security budget.
Tuesday’s concert is part of “In Performance at the White House” series. It is an official function, so its costs are borne entirely by the taxpayers. Those unable to get a ticket can watch the festivities on PBS next week. The White House has not released the guest list for tonight’s party.