On Friday night, President Biden will host a concert by superstar Elton John on the White House lawn – providing the exclusive location for the filming of a television special.
Biden and First Lady Jill Biden will speak at the 8 p.m. concert hosted by A&E Networks, which will then air the special at an undisclosed future date.
“Tonight, as you all know, we will welcome Sir Elton John,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during her regular briefing – after reporters heard checks microphone from the adjacent aisle.
The Bidens “look forward to welcoming him to the White House for a spectacular performance on the South Lawn,” Jean-Pierre said.
The ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘Rocket Man’ star is widely regarded across the political spectrum and even performed at Donald Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania Trump at the Republican Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
But when Trump won the 2016 election in a shock upset, John refused to perform at his inauguration, saying: “As a British national I don’t think it’s appropriate for me to perform at the inauguration. inauguration of an American President.”
Despite receiving the cold shoulder from John, Trump continued to appropriate the title of one of his best-known songs to bestow the nickname ‘Little Rocket Man’ on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. in 2017. After trading insults, Trump and Kim met three times in a dramatic cooling of tensions.
And Trump famously reacted to the 2020 death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg under the wing of Air Force One while “Tiny Dancer” played in the background. Her death allowed Trump to appoint conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett, enabling a right-wing shift for the court, including this year’s elimination of the federal abortion law.
Jean-Pierre said Biden “will celebrate the vast contributions Sir Elton has made throughout his life as an artist and advocate and they are especially delighted to welcome an audience of approximately 2,000 fans to the White House. made up of teachers and nurses, front line workers, mental health advocates, students, LGBTQ+ advocates and many more.
The spokesperson said that “tonight’s performance was organized and in conjunction with and is paid for by the A&E and [its subsidiary] the story [Channel] and will air on TV at a later date.
A&E is jointly owned by Disney and Hearst.
A statement from the White House says the event is titled “A Night Where Hope and History Meet.”
The event will “celebrate the unifying and healing power of music, pay tribute to the life and work of Sir Elton John and honor everyday story makers in the audience”.
New York Post