Random thoughts: Has the White House (save last summer’s earthquake) ever been rocked this hard? And has a rock ‘n roll crowd ever been this restrained? Let’s face it, the rebelliousness of rock and the formality of high government make for a funny fit. But that doesn’t take anything away from Grohl’s little gig, and don’t miss my favorite performance from that night: Elvis Costello singing Penny Lane with a member of the United States Marine band on the piccolo trumpet.

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