President Obama and First Lady Michelle host their second Governors Ball at the White House Sunday night, headlined by Harry Connick Jr. The nations governors--including Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn-- are in Washington for the National Governors Association annual meeting.
This year, Mrs. Obama is presiding over a program featuring Harry Connick. In the afternoon--following her policy of leveraging White House official events with youth outreach programs--Connick will talk to students about his career. Last year, Mrs. Obama welcomed culinary students to the White House kitchen for a preview advance from the White House chefs of what was then her first big White House dinner.
Below, from the White House....
Mrs. Obama will give a group of Washington, DC music students a special preview of the talent performing at the White House's annual Governor's Ball. The 3:00 PM event will feature Mrs. Obama giving welcoming remarks and turning the program over to Grammy Award Winning artist, Harry Connick Jr. who will discuss with students his visit to the White House and his career advice for them. Harry Connick Jr. and a few residents from the New Orleans Musicians' Village will close out the event by performing a song.
The Musician's Village was conceived by New Orleans native Harry Connick, Jr. in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to rebuild homes for many of New Orleans cherished but displaced artists, those who have defined the city's culture and created the sounds that have shaped the musical vernacular of the world.
In the evening, the President and First Lady will host the annual Governors Ball at the White House.