It was wheels up this morning for Michelle Obama as she undertakes a First Lady goodwill mission to Europe with her two daughters and her mother. The White House has not provided an agenda for the trip, which will take the group through the UK and Italy, but will include the 2015 Expo Milano, an international Worlds Fair of food centered around Italian products that is basically the best thing anyone has encountered in the history of ever. If you’re keeping count, this is vacation number 40 for the First Lady.
Before she took off, however, she got quite the send-off from her husband and 499 of her closest friends. This weekend, as you were slogging out your storm drains and mowing the lawn down to a manageable level, the Obamas were enjoying a private concert and event featuring performances by Stevie Wonder and Prince.
Prince played two shows in Washington, DC, on Sunday, but he also gave a private VIP performance at the White House on Saturday night to celebrate African-American Music Appreciation Month.
Spies exclusively told Page Six that the “Raspberry Beret” singer brought Stevie Wonder up onstage for a surprise duet at the show for President Barack and Michelle Obama and 500 lucky guests.
Spotted at the exclusive two-hour concert — during which Prince played hits including “Kiss” and “Purple Rain” — were Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his date, singer Ciara, artists Jon Bon Jovi and James Taylor, TV & film stars Tyler Perry, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Gayle King, Tracee Ellis Ross, fashion designer Naeem Khan and J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons.
Sounds like a pretty fab night, right? Guests arrived at 9pm and “danced late into the night.” Which is convenient, because those are the same hours the rest of the defense and national security agencies were working trying to rectify a massive Chinese hack that exposed the data, including the Social Security numbers of millions of federal workers.
Okay, so I’m bitter. I’ll admit it. And yes, the President, of all people, deserves both R&R and to enjoy the perks of the job before he’s shuttled off to the 18th hole of some prestigious golf club, completely shut off from any civilization that doesn’t immediately surround the beer cart. Post-Presidential life is a tedious hash of quarter-million-dollar speaking gigs and non-profit causes; you can’t get a private concert from Prince on a ten million dollar salary. But maybe – just maybe – as things fall apart, they could try to snag some VIP seats at a concert or invite Prince over for pancakes instead of host a star-studded fete in the East Room? Prince reportedly loves pancakes.