March 6th, 2010
02:11 PM ET
5 years ago

Music power couple Beyonce & Jay-Z got inside White House tour

Photos posted online appear to show Jay-Z and Beyonce in the White House.
Photos posted online appear to show Jay-Z and Beyonce in the White House.

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.


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  1. Glen

    The celebrity president showing off to his celebrity friends. Did the US have to vote this narcissistic child as president?

    March 6, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. rachel

    All the people saying relax, I find it kind of scary that someone who is a highschool drop out and sings 99 problems and a B#tch an't one is someone people think should be looke up too. But we know Obama was rocking to him when Obama flipped Hillary off at his rally.

    March 6, 2010 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. pdiddy

    jay z is a criminal and should be in jail with all the other uneducated so called rap stars, an act without an act

    March 6, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  4. Perusing-through

    . . . AND WHERE IS THE STORY HERE?

    Over the years I have grown to appreciate the pair 'Jay-Z & Beyonce'. Unlike so many other famous couples, there is no unsavory drama following 'J&B'. They are both successful independently of each other, and successful and beautiful together as a couple.

    However, the fact that 'Jay-Z and Beyonce' stopped by the White House is not a story. Why not a story? Because thousands of other famous couples have stopped by the White House. So I ask again, where is the story?

    March 6, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. A keen observer

    There sure seems to be a lot of hate being spread around over this non-issue. C'mon Republicans and Teabaggers, surely you have larger concerns than this. Also, why are you down on Hollywood entertainers when the republican idol, Ronald Reagan, was a third rate actor and union representative? Your hypocricy is showing!

    The idea of replacing Grant on the $50 bill with Reagan is a joke. What were Reagan's accomplishments, running drugs and exploding the national debt?

    March 6, 2010 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Sal

    Well if this was a Bush move the media and liberals would be crying FOUL!!! Not when it is Do Nothing Wrong OBAMA!!! I find it to be insulting that this man is treating the white house as an episode of MTV Cribs, whats next displaying all his secure vechicles in the front yard?

    March 6, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    @Cord – Don't you think Beyonce and Jay-Z – No matter HOW rich and famous they are – NEVER, in all of their life, thought they would visit the WH and sit in the position they are at now????

    Each president has their preference as to whom they want to visit the WH in this capacity. I am 57 years old and NEVER in the past have I seen so many people of color at the WH – who otherwise would NEVER have been there. In the past, you only saw the quota – if that many.

    Yes – President Obama is a decent guy – but what IMAGE is he supposed to be portraying???? Can he just be himself??? He always admired Jay-Z and Beyonce – Michele and his girls too – and he always said that WAYYYYY before he became president!!!

    March 6, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. T'SAH from Virginia

    @Cord – Don't you think Beyonce and Jay-Z – No matter HOW rich and famous they are – NEVER, in all of their life, thought they would visit the WH and sit in the position they are at now????

    Each president has their preference as to whom they want to visit the WH in this capacity. I am 57 years old and NEVER in the past have I seen so many people of color at the WH – who otherwise would NEVER have been there. In the past, you only saw the quota – if that many.

    Yes – President Obama is a decent guy – but what IMAGE is he supposed to be portraying???? Can he just be himself??? He always admired Jay-Z and Beyonce – Michele and his girls too – and he always said that WAYYYYY before he became president!!!

    March 6, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Perusing-through

    . . . Hmmmmm . . . . tough choice here . . .

    Who do most U.S. citizens, and for that matter the citizens of the world trust in the White House? Jay-Z & Beyonce', , , or Sarah Palin?

    ANSWER: Easy choice, we'll take the loving couple Jay-Z and Beyonce.

    March 6, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. Mike in NYC

    A tour of da sit-yew-ay-shun room. Now isn't that special?

    You asked for this, America, so let's not complain now.

    March 6, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Radar54

    Joe

    Cant wait to see the MTV cribs white house episode... i'm embarrassed to be an American and a veteran

    There's a plane ticket waiting for you at gate 8, heading to anywhere in europe, bye, bye now.

    March 6, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Steve

    Funny, I don't see Obama's name in this article. In fact, there is no indication that Obama was even "home" during this visit. Countless people take tours of the White House, and this group just happened to get a "bonus" during the tour. It's no different than when Bush invited Lance Armstrong to his ranch for a bike ride/photo op. Some people find the negative in everything...

    March 6, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. Debby

    Rappers or I should say Crappers at the White House, I am not surprised.

    March 6, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. chris

    I think those two are devil worshippers and pushing the message of sex, drugs and money on the youth of our country. Super excited to see that through that agenda they have the fame and wealth to pretend to sit as president of this country....

    March 6, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  15. Anthony

    So who cares and other drug dealers have sat at that table, including Reagan, Bush Sr., and I'm pretty sure Oliver North took some pictures in a few presidental seats.

    March 6, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Anthony

    its the ROC in the BUILDING!!!!!LMAO

    March 6, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Adam S

    Role models? You wish. Perhaps they were there to explain why they took millions of dollars to entertain at a party for terrorits on New Year's eve? Beyonce is a disgrace to America.

    March 6, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. LHC

    A complete list of visitors is available on the whitehouse official website, so given the extraordinary amount of people that visit the whitehouse, this is hardly shocking. Celebrity visitors at the white house are hardly a new phenomenon. Hello Marilyn Monroe.

    March 6, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  19. Donkey Party

    Couldn't help but leave a post here regarding posts made by two of the regular village idiots, "phoenix86", and "Kevin in Ohio", regarding their obligatory defense of Karl Rove and all things Bush, both morons stating that Saddam Hussein had WMDs that he used on the Kurds, and what would've happened if we left him unchecked? Well, let me tell ya dumb and dumber, there's a country right next door called Iran that hates the very existence of Iraq, and therefore was a military counterbalance to Iraq. In other words (trying to keep it simple here for my Neo-con friends), the BEST thing would've been to let Iraq and Iran solve their grief through war, while we wait patiently for them to deplete each others' military resources, then strike them both and liberate the two countries citizens, who by now would've been so sick of war that we would actually have a shot at winning over their "hearts and minds". The problem with Conservatism is that it's "leaders" and followers only think (I use that term lightly) one dimensionally, and apparently don't grasp the concept of "ramifications". I bet most Right-wingers are terrible at chess. It's something that requires you to think several moves in advance, something they're impossibly incapable of.

    March 6, 2010 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  20. worriedmom

    Mr. Hollywood has to keep his peeps nearby so when he is out in 2012 he has a new career!

    Was Michelle around making sure no one was looking at her man.

    March 6, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Matt, chico, ca

    more evidence that if you campaigned for Obama, he'll pay you back

    March 6, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  22. Jean 2

    When and if the white house is occupied by white America's Rebublician presidents Jay-Z and those like him will not be welcome guest, they might contaminate this enviornment.

    CNN as well as the rest of us shoul be ashame of the fact that now 21st centruy America we dwell on such, while hate is destroying our country.

    I CRY FOR THE AMERICA I LOVE!!!

    March 6, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. Arin

    Let's hold judgment on what type of intentions Obama had here and just stick to what we know. First, Obama is not even in the pictures! Second, Jay and Obama developed a friendship throughout Obama's campaigning, as Jay was involved with voter registration rallies. Obama has said he's a fan of Jay, and I'm sure his wife/daughters enjoyed meeting Beyonce. And let's remember, Jay/B were the highest earning couple in the entertainment industry for 09. Since neither of them had been to the WH to visit Obama before, its only seems appropriate that they would be granted some sort of VIP tour. Most probably, Obama only had time for a brief conversation at most, which would explain why he's not in any of the pictures.

    March 6, 2010 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    UNACCEPTABLE..

    What about Paris Hilton on that Chair !!!

    March 6, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  25. bobby

    I visited the situation room during the Clinton administration. It's not much but it is cool that the President and staff can survive down there during a nuclear attack and run the country. They mention that there is 2 weeks of air, food and water for them to live on. It's probably more since that was in 96. Pretty neat.

    March 6, 2010 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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