The White House Hosts Country Music Performance

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First Lady Michelle Obama has launched a music series to encourage arts and arts education. Artists will participate in workshops for middle school and high school music students. Later the artists performed at The White House. The latest performance series featured country artists Alison Krause and Union Station, Brad Paisly and Charley Pride. President Obama, who enjoys listening to country music said, “…[it] has captured our restlessness and resilience” through storytelling.

America’s Favorite Past Time: President Obama Throws Out first pitch of 2009 All Star Game

President Obama took a break from The West Wing to enjoy a game. Here he is throwing out the first pitch at Tuesday’s All Star Game. Almost 15 million people tuned in to see the game.

Moments From The Michael Jackson Memorial

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Michael Jackson Memorial Program

Friends, family and a world on fans came to say goodbye to Michael Jackson in a memorial at The Staples Center on Tuesday.

A host of celebrity friends, including Queen Latifah, Brooke Shields, Mariah Carey, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Motown Records Founder Berry Gordy, Lakers Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant, Lionel Richie, John Mayer, brother Jermaine Jackson and daughter Paris Jackson,  remembered the singer with moving words and songs.

Here’s a look back at some moments from the event. Michael Jackson 1958-2009.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee: “We are the world and we are better because Michael Joseph Jackson lived. On behalf of myself and the people who are here, Michael Jackson, I salute you.”

President Barack Obama, asked about the outpouring of emotion related to Jackson’s death during an interview in Moscow: “There are certain people in our popular culture that just capture people’s imaginations. And in death, they become even larger. Now, I have to admit that it’s also fed by a 24/7 media that is insatiable.”

Brooke Shields, recalling a moment she shared with Jackson at Elizabeth Taylor’s 1991 wedding: “We snuck in and took pictures of ourselves next to her dress. We always seemed to revert to being little kids.”

Jennifer Hudson’s Tribute to Michael:

Paris Jackson’s Speaks About Her Father:

President Obama Comments On Michael Jackson

President Obama commented about Michael Jackson calling him “one of our greatest entertainers” on CNN. A public memorial for Michael Jackson will be held on Tuesday, July 7 at 10am at The Staple Center in Los Angeles. All networks are expected to carry the event live on television and on the Internet.