WASHINGTON (AP) — Eying the multiethnic troupe of 20-somethings rocking out in the East Room to tales of the American Revolution, President Barack Obama wagered a safe guess: The Founding Fathers never dreamed of this.
The cast of the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” stormed the White House on Monday for a one-of-a-kind performance rich with symbolism and a touch of irony. With portraits of George and Martha Washington staring down, the singers waxed lyrical about Alexander Hamilton’s unlikely transformation from impoverished immigrant to American historical luminary.
Before the soulful singing started, Obama told an audience of invited schoolchildren that he hoped the story of the country’s founding would teach them that in America, what’s past is only the beginning.
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