The White House Goes Country – For a Night

07/22/2009 at 01:35 PM EDT

The White House Goes Country – For a Night
Brad Paisley performs in the State Dining Room of the White House
Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov
What do you do if you're invited to sing at the White House?

If you're Brad Paisley, you ask what's for supper. The country singer joked about being asked to perform in front of President Obama and his wife Michelle on Twitter Tuesday. "Sure we'll play? what time? Now where's your house again? 1600 Pennsylvania? Got it ... do you have a p.a.? What about food?"

But it was clear how proud Paisley was about the invitation the moment he took the stage in the east room of the President's residence on July 21. "This is the thrill of a lifetime," he said before playing a few of his hits. "Thank you for having us to your house."

Of course, the playful country singer couldn't resist trying to snag a little more quality time with the First Couple. Before dedicating "I thought I Loved You Then" to the President and First Lady, Paisley suggested that the acoustics would be even better on a certain airplane. "This would sound great on Air Force One," he said. "Maybe on a romantic night you could fly around ... look at the lights."

Paisley's performance was part of the new White House Music Series. While the first night – held on June 15 – was dedicated to jazz, last night was all about country music. President Obama said he does appreciate the genre. "It's helped make America more hopeful. It's captured our restlessness and resilience."

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