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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bopping his head to the beat and swaying to a blues version of “America the Beautiful,” President Barack Obama on Wednesday night celebrated what he called one of the country’s most precious gifts: “American creativity.” Obama and his wife, Michelle, marked the history of American music during the latest installment of the PBS television program “In Performance at the White House.” Obama said American music is grounded in stories of real people and that lyrics share the tales of hometowns and the hood, love and heartbreak. Obama referenced one of the evening’s performers, Buddy Guy, who once said artists are singing about “everyday life, rich people trying to keep money, poor people trying to get it and everyone having trouble with their husband or wife.” The audiences’ laughter filled the White House East Room, which had been transformed into a concert venue with an elevated white stage and blue spotlights.


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