TopTen Common…. Uncommon Facts About White House Guests

First Lady Michelle Obama had some poets over to the White House this past Wednesday, to read some poetry, and one of those poets was Chicago rapper “Common”. While even casual hip-hop fans wouldn’t characterize him as a controversial rapper, Common found himself under the microscope. In question: the lyrics to “A Song for Assata,” about convicted cop-killer and former Black Panther Assata Shakur.

With this non-story actually supplanting the coverage of the  death of Osama bin Laden,  we decided to look at our TopTen Common and Uncommon Guests who have visited the White House in the past.

10. Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., AKA “Common”

common and serena

The dude is a vegan, a member of PITA and dates Serena Williams.  Sounds pretty “All American” to me.


9. Harry Reid


Harry Reid brought along some of the best Poets from the Northern Nevada Cowboy Poetry Festival in a last ditch attempt to keep Federal funding in place.


8. Michaele Salahi

salahi and obama

Who is this chick?

The White House party crasher turned reality star has launched a new career as a pop princess with the single: “Bump It.” Salahi says her inspiration for hitting the recording studio was none other than Oprah Winfrey. Let’s go to the press release:

Michaele Salahi was inspired to do something with her voice, when she was back stage with Grammy award winner Bebe Winans and television host Oprah Winfrey at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. during the inauguration of President Barack Obama. It was a defining moment backstage when Oprah told Michaele, “Wow, you have an amazing voice!”

An Oprah rep claims the queen of media never discussed Michaele’s singing ability with her.


7. Wanda Sykes


Comedienne Wanda Sykes hosted the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner in 2010.  Sykes spoke of the satisfaction in saying “The first black president.” She then told Obama, “Unless you screw up, and then it’s gonna be, ‘what’s up with the half white guy, huh?” And what about his nipples?


6. Casper the Friendly Ghost


I like this White House gig

First Lady Michelle Obama appears to confirm the haunted White House mystery. She spoke to a group of children visiting the White House and told the youngsters a strange story. It seems that during a period10 days or so she and her husband, the President,  have been awakened from a sound sleep in the middle of the night.

She said they heard strange sounds in the hall. And that the two of them had gone to investigate. Also, she said, some people in her family had reported the unusual sensation at times of someone or something gnawing or chewing on their feet, as if trying to eat them from the bottom up…..maybe it was Donald Trump.


5. George Clooney


Bunga Bunga

Upon attending a White House Gala Clooney said “Not quite the same as Silvio Berlusconi’s Bunga Bunga parties.  For one thing there was no dungeon.”


4. Donald Trump

trump at white house

Busey was a loser

During the Annual White house Correspondent’s Dinner of 2011 in speaking of Trump’s decision to fire actor Garry Busey instead of rock singer Meat Loaf from his TV show earlier this month, President Obama quipped: “These are the types of decisions that would keep me up at night. Well handled, sir.”


3. Barbara Streisand

streisand kitchen

What the hell is in a dumpling anyway?

Reporters talking to famous guests at the White House state dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao got a chuckle courtesy of Barbra Streisand. When asked whether she had a connection to China — Streisand quipped, “I worked in a Chinese restaurant.”

Yes! I used to eat there.  It was on Flatbush Avenue near Erasmus High School.


2. Greta Van Susteren and Kim Kardashian

Correspondent's dinner

where's kate?

Greta Van Susteren of Fox News brought Kim Kardashian to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2010. This year she invited Kate Hudson. Whats Up with that?


1. Eric Clapton

clapton and clintons

But I didn't write the lyrics to " I Shot The Sheriff"

According to Alicia Menendez, a senior advisor at NDN the Progressive Think Tank, the rapper “Common” was not the first entertainer–whose lyrics condoned violence against law enforcement– to be invited to the White House . She pointed out that Eric Clapton, a visitor at the Clinton White House, had recorded the song  “I Shot The Sherriff


But he did not shoot the deputy……


And that’s the way it is here:  “a little left of right”


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