Washington (CNN) - Megastars Beyonce and Jay-Z, accompanied by a small group of friends, visited the White House on Wednesday for a special tour that included the White House Situation Room, White House aides confirmed.
A photo, apparently taken of the group in the Situation Room, was released on the Web site Rap Radar. The photo shows Jay-Z sitting at the head of the table, the seat normally occupied by the president. He is surrounded by his wife, Beyonce, and others in his entourage.
White House tours for the public normally do not include a stop inside the Situation Room. When occupied by the president and his national security team, the room is typically used to mobilize the administration during a crisis situation and communicate to officials around the world. But one White House aide said special visitors occasionally get access to the Situation Room.
"It's not like there's classified information laying around," the aide said. "It's really just a conference room."
Last December, the White House posted a virtual tour of the Situation Room, touting it as "an exclusive look inside one of the most secure spaces in the country."
White House aides confirmed that Jay-Z and Beyonce stopped by before Jay-Z's concert Wednesday night at Washington's Verizon Center.
Thank god we have a culturally aware president!
Yea, with this country in as good as shape it's in might as well Break Dance.
I find the fact that Jay-z got to tour the whitehouse appauling. He made a career in glamorizing gangsta rap, openly admitting to selling drugs to his own people. I grew up listening to hip hop music, and I have alot of respect for certain hip hop individual, great artist such as 2pac and many more, although I'am for liberating the african american community, a individual such as Jay-Z is in no position to be the voice of the african community, the whitehouse might aswell let known columbian drug lords get private tours in the whitehouse. It just goes to show you, if your an individual with fortune and status...no matter how you recieved that notriety, you too can shake hands with the elite.
More perks for the wealthy. Give us a report on when some underprivileged people are granted permission to lounge around in off-limits White House offices.....that would be much more newsworthy
That's nice. Some of the American tax payers getting a look inside the house we pay for. I hope they had a great time. This is uplifting news beside all the other nasty crap that goes on. Sam
Trust me... I'm much more nervous about Palin being there.
Well that6s ni9ce but sure wish my President would get serious about our problems and quit basking in the celebrity life. That is my one issue with him..acting like a kid.
I think is says something great about the President that he is in touch with popular culture, but his timing seems to send the wrong message. If much of the country is struggling to see the change we all hope is coming, it is not a smart decision to have meetings with Shakira and allow people like Jay Z and Beyonce to have more access to the White House than any other citizen. I make an average living and would have no chance of being allowed to view that part of the White House. It is already an annoyance how celebrities live by a different standard when it comes to playing by the rules. Let's not have it solidified by our government too.
If the Situation Room is one of the most secure places in the country and only special visitors occasionally get access to it, what were Jay-Z, Beyonce, and their entourage doing in there? Other than getting rich on minimal talent, what have they done that makes them "special" enough for this honor? Let's save that for true heroes and those who've shown incredible, selfless courage on behalf of our country.
Maybe What the White House needs is more entertainers. They have entertaining us for the last year with only words, now with some music in the background, they will communicate with us more decisevely. I might go along with their health care bill if accompanied by a little drum beat in the background.
I am a great fan of the beyonce and her husband.......but come on people. This is the seat of power for America, where life altering decisions are made. It should not be taken lightly by allowing just about everybody in there (and i consider jayz N be, to be every other person); there should be boundaries. Already Jayz is putting "obama on the text", what is next. It might not have been the president's decision to let them in, but it still reflects badly on him, and it is quite honestly annoying. American entertainment and American politics should mix, but sparingly.
Well said, Zuq . . . I could not agree more.
And the hits just keep on coming!
Some of us have seen those timeless black and white photos of Elvis in the Oval Office with then President Nixon. This, is not one of those photos.
And how many other Presidents invited people into areas of the White House we don't know about? If this President sneezes some will criticize him.
Jay Z plead guilty to stabbing another person. He is a convicted felon and he was allowed to embarrass the President?
Guess the White House has now gone Hollywood!! What are these characters doing in the Situation Room? No wonder people are quickly losing respect for the Government. They shouldn't be considered special visitors just because they are great entertainers. Even a bird can sing!
No wonder our beloved American is going down the drain fast.
I'm sure that all the citizens that are unemployed are ecstatic that the WH continues to please the Hollywood elite. Whatever happened to that focus on jobs and the economy anyway?
Good to see that Obama extended the Patriot Act and decided to utilize military tribunals. Does he have a W for his middle initial? I thought he got elected on the "I'm not Bush" battle cry. He is Bush on training wheels.
you are correct...."more perks for the wealthy".
Cant wait to see the MTV cribs white house episode... i'm embarrassed to be an American and a veteran
Could this white house do anything more to alienate middle-America? If I were a republican running for office I would love to have that pic of Jay-Z sitting in the situation room. I would post it right next to a picture of Obama, making the point that this is why you shouldn't vote for "cultural" democrats. Thankfully sanity will start coming back to our government soon. Just have to make it until November...
@Nate...LMAO.... Are you serious?!?!?! Jay-Z bad, Tupac good. My husband and I got a GREAT laugh off your comment. And Jay-Z shouldn't be the "voice of the african community"?!?!? OMG, you need to go on the road with this material. Thanks for the laugh. After taking care of my newborn all week, you made my morning. Voice of the African community......love the silliness.
People get a grip! Nothing to be upset about...Oh, I am sorry it is another opportunity for Obama haters to rip the President...so much hate and not enough love...I truly feel sorry for you people who go on day after day try to tear down the President...you should try being positive; it is good for your health.
For one ... its nice to see entertainers in the music industry that are such great role models. Second ... its nice to see the President honor those who are contributing so much to youth. Yes, its approprite for our government to recognize people who are moving America forward. I wish we had more celebs just like these two and more people who took the time to say thanks.
"More perks for the wealthy. Give us a report on when some underprivileged people are granted permission to lounge around in off-limits White House offices.....that would be much more newsworthy"
Exactly. Those of you praising the Pres for being in touch with "popular culture" obviously don't understand that our popular culture contributes significantly to many of the problems plaguing our society today (broken/dysfunctional families, lack of work ethic, glorification of drugs, money, sex, etc., and the list goes on).
I like Obama overall, think he's a decent guy. But this type of behavior shows that he does care about his image at least as much as really trying to change things.