Bennie Thompson attends blues tribute at the White House

On Tuesday night the president and first lady paid tribute to blues music as part of the PBS In Performance at the White House series. Seated around a brightly lit stage, about 200 guests gathered in the White House East Room and waited excitedly for the show to begin. Spotted in the crowd: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius; Reps. Karen Bass, Bennie Thompson and Sheila Jackson Lee; and “first grandma” Marian Robinson.

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