March 6th, 2010
02:11 PM ET
4 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. leonardofru

    No wonder Mr. Obama thinks nothing about raping the American people with Obamacare. Associating with this gangsta tells us everything. No matter how CNN trys to gloss this over.

    March 6, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Todd

    It's a strategy.

    It was the younger generations that Obama targeted to win the election. So, Obama now brings in the hottest stars, let's them hang at the WH, and then in 3 years, Obama will call in a favor asking JayZ and Beyonce to stump for him. He won't have to spend millions on advertising, he just picks up the phone and tells his pal JayZ to tell his fans to get out an vote.

    Brilliant plan, just wish Obama could figure out more shrewd tactics to keep America afloat while he's in office.....

    March 6, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  3. Melody

    How sad I am for America today if this is whatwe spend our time holding long conversations about. I am actually offended how many Americans cant get past the color of their skin tones to understand how monumental the moment of them getting that exslusive priviledge was. Jay Z and Beyonce coming to the White House shoud be no different than if it were Bon Jovi. Both sets having made such a difference in their lives as of the lives of many others. The only difference is that Jay Z and Beyoncehave this stigma as Entertainers with money and pull rather than business people that have made an empact.... And this is irking me but that correspondent had her nerve. Making it sound as if they took some friends to Disney land rather than tour our nations most important stable. Those that they brought with them were family members not "friends", as if the White House was on the way to their hotel.

    March 6, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. sensible Cape Coral FL

    Good God! Some of you nutcases are so desperate for trouble making that you even make mischief over something as inconsequential as this I feel sorry for you..

    March 6, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Dr Matrix

    How come there was no complaining when a drug addict hatemonger named Rush went to the White House. Maybe because the occupant of the WHITE House was WHITE. You people just hate Obama no matter what. The petty crap you snivel about proves it.

    March 6, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Tammy

    Good grief, folks! You mean past presidents never showed off the White House to friends and celebrities? Hey, the President sneezed the wrong way. Blame him!

    March 6, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  7. The Veteran

    It's just a room. Nothing more, nothing less. Nothing sacred about it.

    March 6, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Samantha Hawk

    As a average american citizen I had the opportunity to tour the West Wing during Clinton term. It is a special tour and you do need to go through background checks prior to visit. Myself and other members of the group even took pictures of ourselves standing on the stage where press conferences are held. The podium that holds the Presidential seal was in front. B IG Deal. We saw the Oval office, situation room and the rose garden and took pictures. Wouldn't YOU?

    It's not like Jayz and his group were in the situation room with President Obama going over the national agenda. Many celebrities, shock jocks, wingnut talk show host such as Boortz and Limpballs have been in the west wing areas with previous presidents
    and have pics.. What's the issue now of all sudden???

    The President is DAMM is do and DAMM if he don't

    March 6, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Biased

    "They just stopped by before the concert............" and get a guided tour of the WH as if it is just some regular little place you go to or whatever when in town to fill in some time. Who invited them since other celebrities have said they stopped by and couldn't get entrance? Can the WH point out anyone else who has had a tour of this area and the privilege of sitting in the President's chair relaxing while pictures are being taken in a room where only used for crisis situations?
    Why does there seem to be one rule for some and no rules for others?

    March 6, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Benny in ILb

    That sounds about right.

    March 6, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. disgruntled democrat

    sniffit i know really... i love your sarcasm.... its funny how people think he is .... Obama has only proven that rich stays rich, poor stays poor. rich people laugh while poor hold on the false hope he projects that keeps them in line.

    March 6, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. kkm

    Just goes to show you what a little clout will get you! Unbelievable – don't think I'd ever get that type of invite!

    March 6, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Ron in California

    If you have listened to Jay-Z's "music" you would know he is a racist. It again just shows Obama's lack of judgement. It's really sad that someone as classy as Beyonce is married to that guy.

    March 6, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. and another thing...

    To best of my knowledge, POTUS hasn't even invited Team USA to the White House to congratulate them on their medals won during the recent Winter Olympics. They worked and trained so hard for it and made America proud! Gimme a break, and gansta Jay-Z gets a complete tour?

    March 6, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    Jay who? and why?

    Beyonce who? Does anybody actually even listen to that saccharine saturated synthetic soul crap? Good soul music died in the seventies.
    Now that was some good music.

    March 6, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. ANDROLOMA, Commerce City, Colorado

    March 6th, 2010 11:33 am ET

    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?
    ==================================

    Thank you, Brian.

    March 6, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    Why not, they are black!

    March 6, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Jennifer

    I think half of you are a bunch of no nothings. Apparently you have no idea the work Jay-Z and Beyonce have done for youth. Not with music but in organizations too. Of course people that do not follow these two will have something negative to say. Those two are yes great entertainers but remember they are two very success business people. I think there are a lot more important things to worry about other than who gets a tour of the White House. Get over yourselves people! Stop criticizing OUR President for every move that is being made. Isn't it about time people stop bashing OUR President?

    As far as the whole Jay-Z, 2Pac thing.. umm don't you recall 2Pac being in court SEVERAL times on violent charges?

    March 6, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. SanSan

    CNN-Why didn't you post my comment? Because I said they were black? How many white people have been on a tour of the White House and you reported it?

    March 6, 2010 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. LeAnn

    You know for those who find this outrageous, we wouldn't be seeing entertainers and other international politicians coming over and showing respect to our President if Pres. Obama wasn't elected. For the whole world to celebrate after 2008, that tells you something.

    March 6, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. TheTruth

    It Jayz or Monica take your pick

    March 6, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. HelenD,

    Sitting in the President's chair surrounded by his entourage. Sad state of affairs. I voted for Obama and am sorry that I did. This is not what we want to see, Hollywood wealth lording it over the rest of us.

    March 6, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Maybe have the Service start selling crack from the guardhouse facing Lafayette Park?

    March 6, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Libertarian

    hrm....another couple Taliban leaders killed today in drone attacks inside Pakistan. Looks like our President may have been right about extending a hand in PARTNERSHIP with our ALLIES. Pakistan hasn't made a peep about all these attacks on their soil since Cheney/Bush left office. Seems they like us now. I think President Obama's administration has killed more terrorists in Pakistan/Iraq/Afghanistan than the previous 8 years!

    March 6, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  25. Josefina Brown

    @Roy Carter. You forgot Kennedy. I swear I saw him and Nixon with Forrest Gump in the WH.

    March 6, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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