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Another Exclusive Party at W.H.—at Taxpayer Expense

Will White House release guest list?

7:34 AM, Apr 9, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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On Barack and Michelle Obama's schedule for today, this event is listed:

7:30PM           THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host a concert celebrating Memphis Soul music as part of their “In Performance at the White House” series; THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks

As the White House has previously announced, Justin Timberlake (who will be making his White House debut), Al Green, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples, and others will be performing at the exclusive event.

But while the performers are known, the guest list for the private event has not yet been released. 

One imagines it's a tough ticket to come by. To attend any event at the White House, one must be invited. (The White House is now closed for public access by members of the general public.) And especially this one, with Hollywood and musical stars--and with remarks by the president of the United States.

A White House official did not immediately respond when asked for a guest list of tonight's event.

However, the White House will stream its private party online and it will be aired on PBS. "The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live on  www.whitehouse.gov/live starting at 6:55 PM ET.  'In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul' will be broadcast Tuesday, April 16 at 8 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).  The program will also be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world," the White House announced.

And since it's an official event, we know who's picking up the tab. The taxpayers.

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