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White House goes a little bit country

PRESIDENT Barack Obama says people may think of him as a "city boy," but he enjoys listening to country music and appreciates it.

Obama made the remarks last evening before award-winning musicians Alison Krauss and Union Station performed in the East Room of the White House. Brad Paisley and Charley Pride were also set to entertain guests.

The president, whose hometown is Chicago, says country music "has captured our restlessness and resilience" through storytelling.

The performance was the second in a music series that first lady Michelle Obama launched last month to encourage arts and arts education. Earlier, both Paisley and Krauss took part in a workshop with middle school and high school music students.


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