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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you!  (Applause.)  Thank you so significantly.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Everybody, please have a seat.  That sounded fairly good.  (Laughter.)  I might consider that rather of ruffles and flourishes.  (Laughter.)
Well, first of all, I want to want everybody a joyful Mardi Gras.  I listen to Trombone Shorty brought some beads up from New Orleans.  And I see that we've got some members of our Cabinet here.  We&rsquove acquired some members of Congress.  And we have elected officials from all throughout the region.
1 of the factors about becoming President — I've talked about this before — is that some nights when you want to go out and just take a stroll, distinct your head, or leap into a automobile just to get a generate, you can&rsquot do it.  Secret Services won't let you.  And that&rsquos aggravating.  But then there are other nights where B.B. King and Mick Jagger come above to your house to play for a live performance.  (Applause.)  So I guess issues even out a tiny little bit.  (Laughter.)
In 1941, the folklorist Alan Lomax travelled through the Deep South, recording local musicians on behalf of the Library of Congress.  In Stovall, Mississippi, he met McKinley Morganfield, a guitar player who went by the nickname Muddy Waters.  And Lomax sent Muddy two pressings from their sessions together, alongside with a check for $ twenty.
Later on in his lifestyle, Muddy recalled what occurred following.  He said, &ldquoI carried that file up to the corner and I put it on the jukebox.  Just performed it and played it, and stated, I can do it.  I can do it.  In a lot of approaches, that correct there is the story of the blues.
This is audio with humble beginnings — roots in slavery and segregation, a modern society that rarely taken care of black Americans with the dignity and regard that they deserved.  The blues bore witness to these hard times.  And like so many of the males and ladies who sang them, the blues refused to be limited by the situations of their birth.
The tunes migrated north — from Mississippi Delta to Memphis to my hometown in Chicago.  It helped lay the basis for rock and roll, and R&B and hip-hop.  It inspired artists and audiences all around the world.  And as tonight&rsquos performers will exhibit, the blues carry on to draw a crowd.  Simply because this songs speaks to some thing universal.  No one particular goes by way of lifestyle without the two joy and discomfort, triumph and sorrow.  The blues will get all of that, sometimes with just one lyric or one be aware.
And as we celebrate Black History Thirty day period, the blues reminds us that we&rsquove been via tougher instances before — that&rsquos why I&rsquom proud to have these artists listed here — and not just as a fan, but also as the President.  Due to the fact their tunes teaches us that when we discover ourselves at a crossroads, we don&rsquot shy absent from our problems.  We possess them.  We face up to them.  We deal with them.  We sing about them.  We switch them into artwork.  And even as we confront the challenges of nowadays, we think about a brighter tomorrow, saying, I can do it, just like Muddy Waters did all people many years in the past.
With that in head, please join me in welcoming these extraordinary artists to the White Residence.  And now, it is my pleasure to carry out our initial performer to the phase, the King of the Blues, Mr. B.B. King.  (Applause.)
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