“You’ll likely hear a lot this month about African-Americans doing great things, some of them for the first time, like our President Barack Obama. It’s okay; you can clap. We want you to feel comfortable.”
—Rear Admiral Stephen Rochon, chief usher of the White House, to a group of 180 Washington, D.C., schoolchildren. As part of her goal to open the doors of the White House to the D.C. community, First Lady Michelle Obama invited the students for a Black History Month performance by a capella group Sweet Honey In The Rock.