Seven White House Musical Guests Sketchier Than Common

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Our man Rizoh did a fine job yesterday detailing how, despite what the Fox News brigade may think, Common is a pretty standup guy. In fact, compared to some of the other musicians who have been invited to the White House, he's practically a saint.

Conscientious citizen that we are, Rocks Off felt it was our public duty to look into the Executive Branch's long history of lax background checks when it comes to this country's top entertainers. Based on what we dug up with a few mouse clicks, we expect our own invitation to show up any day now. That Carter administration must have been one big party.


Host President: Jimmy Carter

The Red Headed Stranger, who performed at several Carter rallies during the 1976 campaign, smoked an "Austin Torpedo" on the White House roof in the waning days of the Peanut Presidency. If you haven't heard that story by now, remember, pass to the left. Puff puff give, dammit.


Host President: Jimmy Carter

Did it before Willie, with bandmates Stephen Stills and Graham Nash in 1977. In. The. Oval. Office.


Host President: Jimmy Carter

The late ex-Beatle never performed at the White House, but he and Yoko did attend Carter's inaugural ball in January 1977. Maybe he got a peek at the FBI dossier Richard Nixon kept on him while he was there.


Host President: Richard M. Nixon

Not for the pills or even the peanut butter and banana sandwiches - Elvis makes our "sketchy" list because of every time he stepped in front of a camera between King Creole and the '68 comeback special.


Host President: Richard M. Nixon

Johnny Cash may not have shot a man in Reno just to watch him die, but he knew what the inside of a jail cell looked like, and spend most of the '60s with a wicked speed habit. That didn't stop Richard Nixon from inviting him to the White House in 1972, where the Man In Black opted to play "The Ballad of Ira Hayes" instead of Nixon's requests of "Okie From Muskogee" and "Welfare Cadillac."


Host President: George H.W. Bush

Long before Common, the diminutive "Gangsta Gangsta" himself attended a "Salute To the Commander In Chief" White House luncheon in March 1991, at the invitation of then-Senators Bob Dole and Texas' Phil Gramm (plus a $2,500 donation). The late "Eazy Does It" big-upped Bush Sr. for the way he handled Desert Storm and, ever the player, showed up in a black leather suit.


Host Presidents: Several

Ring-a-ding-ding. Ol' Blue Eyes performed at the White House so often there's even a DVD about it. Of course, he may have been there to do more than just sing... take it away, SNL.

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