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Armoth
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I still don't fully believe it's happening until it happens...

Apparently, May is Jewish Heritage month, and there is gonna be a party - we're invited!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/05/09/president-obama-hosts-white-house-jewish-american-heritage-month-recepti?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

We got contacted through a .gov address - the deputy social secretary wanted our social security numbers so he could run a secret service check - we know this is protocol since we sang at a DNC event where VP Biden was present. However, we felt this was too good to be true. The Maccabeats have had a bunch of scammers including a guy who wanted to hire us for his son's bar mitzvah to sing with Justin Bieber and Michelle Obama. We realized it was a prank before Biber's people did [Wink]

Anyways - seems pretty legit - but for some reason I can't let myself believe it. Last week we did a concert with Matisyahu and Idan Raichel (two huge Jewish artists) and it was MCed by Zach Braff - we hung out with him at the envent...the whole thing is just so surreal.

Whew - anyway - thought I'd share the news here. We haven't made an official announcement on our FB page about it yet - probably bc I just want to make sure it actually HAPPENS...

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Cool beans. Congratulations!
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rivka
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quote:
Originally posted by Armoth:
MCed by Zach Braff - we hung out with him at the event

I may be more jealous of this than the White House thing. [Wink]

But both are very cool. [Big Grin]

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Woo! Awesome!
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That's awesome! Congrats!
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What a great opportunity! I hope its real!
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Lisa
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Wow! I hope you're enjoying the ride. That is so cool.
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Whoa! I just got on my computer and wondered idly "What have the Maccabeats been up to?" Cool to see such an awesome answer right away.
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Awesome Armoth! *high five*
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Super cool!
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
quote:
Originally posted by Armoth:
MCed by Zach Braff - we hung out with him at the event

I may be more jealous of this than the White House thing. [Wink]

But both are very cool. [Big Grin]

My thoughts exactly. [Smile]
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rivka
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My daughter, OTOH, has no idea who Zach Braff is, so she's more impressed by the White House visit. [Wink]
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That is wonderful! You guys sure deserve it!
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
My daughter, OTOH, has no idea who Zach Braff is, so she's more impressed by the White House visit. [Wink]

"You know, the wormy guy from Scrubs who constantly-self narrates and has hallucinations?"
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i hope this goes well and there's mention of it in the news somewhere.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
My daughter, OTOH, has no idea who Zach Braff is, so she's more impressed by the White House visit. [Wink]

"You know, the wormy guy from Scrubs who constantly-self narrates and has hallucinations?"
Since my daughter has never seen Scrubs (my kids don't watch TV, generally), this won't help her at all.
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Thanks guys [Smile] - Hopefully we'll get a photo with the Prez.
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quote:

Anyways - seems pretty legit - but for some reason I can't let myself believe it. Last week we did a concert with Matisyahu and Idan Raichel (two huge Jewish artists) and it was MCed by Zach Braff - we hung out with him at the envent...the whole thing is just so surreal.

Please tell me you video tapped this, I must see.
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Armoth
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there's a pic of us with him on facebook
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*attempts to link*
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Awesome. Grats!

BTW I can't listen to Dynamite anymore, your version is just so much better and more fun.

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quote:
Originally posted by rivka:
quote:
Originally posted by Armoth:
MCed by Zach Braff - we hung out with him at the event

I may be more jealous of this than the White House thing. [Wink]

But both are very cool. [Big Grin]

Ditto. That is way cool.
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Armoth
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It Happened. We Sang for Obama and he gave us a shout-out!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/05/17/jewish-american-heritage-month

We actually have a video of us meeting him and singing him the song that he quotes in that clip and his awesome reaction - he really loved it!

Crazies experience and one of the best in my entire life. Also, bonus, I got a pic with Justice Breyer. (All is available to see online if you're a fan of The Maccabeats on FB).

Will post more later - exhausted, going to bed.

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Very nice - I saw all the pictures on Facebook. Congratulations.
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That was adorable!

In other news, what's with all the cell phone videos? Get your dinky little camera out of the way already!

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You do a good Washington pose.
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quote:
Originally posted by Armoth:
It Happened. We Sang for Obama and he gave us a shout-out!

http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2011/05/17/jewish-american-heritage-month

We actually have a video of us meeting him and singing him the song that he quotes in that clip and his awesome reaction - he really loved it!

Crazies experience and one of the best in my entire life. Also, bonus, I got a pic with Justice Breyer. (All is available to see online if you're a fan of The Maccabeats on FB).

Will post more later - exhausted, going to bed.

Liiiiiiiiiink!!! [Smile]
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Armoth
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Gahhhh!!! We're not allowed to post our video with Obama [Frown] But it was awesome - and at least I have it for posterity.

We sang a quick song for him, right before he went on and spoke to the crowd - a barbershop tag to the words "four more years" he laughed and said he loved it - and then sang it in the clip I posted above.

You can see a bad quality recording of some of the songs we performed here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2e9wK79pCIg&feature=player_embedded

All I have to say is that the White House staff is incredibly nice, and super-impressive. I think we walk a really fine line between commanding respect and not going absurdly overboard. The President is one of us, but he is also our leader - and the decor and presentaton at the White House reflects that.

Also, Obama is larger than life - it was inredibly surreal to meet him.

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I'm only upset I'm at work and therefore unable to go to any of those links.

Way cool though Armoth. [Smile]

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But you are still not yet at the most important place yet.

On the Colbert Report [Mad] What's taking Stephen so long!?

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You know, I think of y'all every time that commercial plays for Bridemaids.
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That's super-cool!
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That is AMAZINGLY cool!
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