Because nothing says “I took this momentous decision seriously” quite like the laid-back sound of smooth jazz.
As a reminder, here are the opening lyrics for that classic song:
Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high
Oh, your daddy’s rich and your ma is good-lookin’
So hush, little baby, don’t you cry.
While some White House events do feature live music, it’s an unusual addition for a press conference.
Axios’ Jonathan Swan attended the event, remarking the administration seemed to be in a “celebratory mood.”
Twitter was quick to draw comparisons to the band aboard the Titanic, famous for playing dutifully though their fates on the sinking ship had already been sealed.