Picking a winning TV performance this week is a piece a cake. Nothing and no one on television matched WETA's presentation Thursday night on PBS of Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.
I was just a grade school kid when John and Jacqueline Kennedy were in the White House, but I remember reading newspaper accounts of the evenings they hosted to celebrate the arts with performers like celloist Pablo Casals. Living in a Midwest factory town, to me the affairs seemed like they were happening in some glittery, wonderful, faraway land of talent and celebrity -- a realm I dreamed of one day seeing.
Last night, WETA brought that sparkling place to my TV screen, and it was an hour of pure delight and restoration -- a tonic to transport a weary and frightened nation away from the mounting economic gloom.
First lady Michelle Obama introduces Stevie Wonder at the White House
(Associated Press Photo)