Sooner or later we may expect to hear from Limbaugh and Hannity with some hissing disgust that a president would be fooling around with the arts when he should be giving bonuses to CEOs and bombing Kabul. Will they refer to the president not as a socialist but rather as a Marred Bard? Will they accuse him of inviting a jazz musician to the session to mislead the public into thinking he was an upbeat leader? Will they accuse him of ignoring America's greeting card poets whose jobs are vanishing with the rise of e-mail?
OK, so I'm having a little fun today. But that should not distract us from acknowledging a president who is putting in a good word for the arts. Bill Clinton's saxophone notswithstanding, we can go all the way back to President Kennedy to find such a commitment. It also reminds us of a world where very little rhymes today.