The surviving (and formerly feuding) members of the Grateful Dead had a secret impromptu meeting Monday evening with the man they credit with reuniting them: President Obama.
The president welcomed all the members of The Dead, who are performing tonight at the Verizon Center in Washington, to the Oval Office just before dinner last night. They didn’t talk music as much as they did history – history about the Oval Office, and the president’s desk.
Apparently the band was quite taken with how tidy the president keeps his desk. And how down-to-earth he seemed, according a source who was there.
“The president was so gracious. Really, really nice and so welcoming. It hit you: you’re in the Oval Office, but it was so normal,” the source told us.
The entourage included the four surviving members of the Grateful Dead – Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann – plus keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (from Weir’s Ratdog) and Warren Haynes, who is joining the Dead on their 2009 spring tour as lead vocalist and guitarist. Some of them had their wives in tow.
As if chatting with the president in the Oval Office weren’t cool enough, something remarkable happened on their way out. Just outside the Oval Office, Phil and his wife, Jill Lesh, spotted a vase full of Scarlet Begonias sitting on a table.
via Washington Post: Obama Meets Privately With the Dead