John Roberts vs. Michael Jackson
Charlie Savage digs into the history of a well-remembered visit that Michael Jackson paid to the White House in 1984, and how a 29-year-old associate White House counsel named John Roberts — yes, that John Roberts — tried to stop the president from signing a letter congratulating the pop star. The whole thing’s a scream, but I lost it at this part:
In today’s Post there were already reports that some youngsters were turning away from Mr. Jackson in favor of a newcomer who goes by the name “Prince,” and is apparently planning a Washington concert. Will he receive a Presidential letter? How will we decide which performers do and which do not?
This was 1984, when that “newcomer” was releasing his sixth album, “Purple Rain.” It’s safe to say John Roberts never partied like it was 1999.