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Amidst scandals & sequester, Obamas plan another star-studded White House party

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 9: U.S. President Barack Obama hosts a concert of Memphis Soul music as part of the 'In Performance at the White House' series in the East Room of the White House April 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. Justin Timberlake was also scheduled to perform. Credit: Getty Images

The Obamas announced today that they will be hosting another "Performance at the White House" event on May 28 to honor American singer and songwriter Carole King:

As part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, the President and First Lady will host a concert in the East Room honoring singer-songwriter Carole King, who will be awarded the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. President Obama will present the award as he did when the Library of Congress honored Stevie Wonder (2009), Sir Paul McCartney (2010), and the songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David (2012). The program will include performances by King, as well as Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.

King also happens to be a big Obama political supporter.  WHD's Keith Koffler reports that King campaigned for Obama in 2008 and again in 2012.  In addition, King headlined a fundraiser for the president's second campaign, an event with tickets running from $2,500-$5,000 each.

Last summer, she also appeared in this Obama campaign video targeting rural voters:

Although the sequester may have halted White House tours and canceled Jewish American Heritage Month, the King party will be the second such concert event for the Obama White House in as many months.  As you may recall, the Obamas partied with Justin Timberlake, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper and others during an April "performance" celebration of soul music.

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