Thursday, April 09, 2015

Time to get the Choom Gang back together: Obama visits Bob Marley museum in Jamaica


I bet the other members of Barack Obama's infamous Choom Gang are jealous as hell since he visited the Bob Marley museum in Jamaica on Wednesday.

“I still have all the albums," President Obama said during his 20 minute tour.

“I remember in college listening, and not agreeing with his whole philosophy necessarily, but raising my awareness how people outside of our country were thinking about the struggle for jobs and dignity and freedom,” Obama said about Marley during a 2012 interview with MTV.

President Obama was joined on his tour by by National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes.

Here is what the White House pool report said about Obama's tour of the Bob Marley museum:

At 8:48 p.m. the motorcade arrived at the Bob Marley Museum and saw aides including Ben Rhodes, Marvin Nicholson and Josh Earnest exit their vehicles. We did not, however, see POTUS as he entered and then took a brief tour of the museum, as only still photographers were allowed to cover this movement. Your pooler has registered strong objections to the White House about this.

New York Times photographer Steven Crowley graciously shares with the pool that POTUS reminisced as he looked at a wall of framed records, "I still have all the albums."

The pool was led to the front of the museum, a large Victorian house whose courtyard has walls painted red, green and yellow and a statue of Marley playing his guitar out front among the palm trees. "One Love" was being piped from the speakers as POTUS emerged through the front door along with a young woman who the White House identified as his museum tour guide, Natasha Clark. They circled around back of the museum without a word from POTUS.

There is a sign out front of the museum that reads, somewhat incongruously given the venue, "No smoking eating drinking cameras cell phones."

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