A couple weeks ago, President Obama and his wife held ‘A Broadway Celebration: In Performance at the White House,’ a concert in the East Room by some of Broadway’s biggest names, singing some of Broadway’s most famous hits. Because my wife is on the board of the public TV station that organized the evening, WETA, I got to attend, but all I could think of was: I wish the whole country were here.

Thomas Friedman, today’s Times