President Obama keeps proving why he’s the coolest president ever. On Monday, Obama hosted his inaugural South By South Lawn Festival, and as expected, it was pretty epic. After attending South by Southwest in Austin, Texas, Obama said he was inspired to host his own festival, and it was definitely turnt.
The day-long event convened musicians, filmmakers and technologists in the nation’s capital for a freewheeling “festival of ideas, art and action.” Besides performing some spoken word on the lawn, Common, Bilal, Robert Glasper, Karriem Riggins, Derrick Hodge, Keyon Harrold and Elenia performed inside the White House.
While these kids coordinated a little swag and surf right on The White House lawn.
Exhibitors, like this guy, showcased virtual-reality experiences and modern-art installations.
There was a screening of short films produced by students.
Nick Cannon was also on hand for discussions about social activism and ways to improve diversity in the tech industry.
And at the end of the day, President Obama, Katherine Hayhoe and actor Leonardo DiCaprio talked climate change.
Yeah, we wish were were there, too. Thankfully we rounded up more pics so you don’t feel like you missed too much.