President Obama said in an interview aired this morning on NBC that he "wasn't familiar" of Jay-Z and Beyoncé's Cuba trip ahead of time:
"Let me ask you about Jay-Z and Beyonce's trip to Cuba," said the NBC host. "Were you aware of it ahead of time and have you seen his open letter which raps about getting White House clearance?"
"I wasn't familiar that they were taking the trip," says Obama. "My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. This is not something the White House was involved with. We've got better things to do."
President Obama's New York City fundraiser last night featuring hip-hop stars Beyoncé and Jay-Z featured "floor-to-ceiling gold bottles in the entire space," according to the New York Post. The paper calls it "a custom-designed tower of $800-per-bottle champagne that dominates the main room at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub."
The Situation Room in the White House was reserved for national security meetings in previous administrations. Apparently in the Obama administration it's used not only to map out campaign strategy, but for celebrity photo-ops as well: