Red Hot Chili Peppers’ drummer Chad Smith has banged out a whole bunch of special appearances this week, from hanging with first lady Michelle Obama at the first White House talent show to cracking wise about the music biz in front of the Capitol.
Smith has been rocking the Capitol this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
The best part of the trip, though, had to be showing his eldest son, Cole, around the White House.
“My son for some reason, 9 years old, all things presidential he is just enamored with,” Smith told HOH. To wit, Smith noted that while visiting the Oval Office, Cole dropped some knowledge on the tour guide about the reason behind the circular design — something about not being able to sneak up on POTUS — that the administration aide claimed to be unfamiliar with.
“So Cole is now giving tours of the White House,” Smith quipped.
He said Cole got the shock of his young life when President Barack Obama unexpectedly popped by a FLOTUS-led event and took a shine to the nattily attired young man.
“He had on this seersucker suit, my son. Which he never wears a suit. It’s the only suit he has,” Smith shared.
When 44 got up close and personal, Smith said, Cole got all the love.
“Barack was like, ‘Nice to meet you, Chad. … Hey, nice suit. Where’d you get that suit? Ah, Seersucker. Summer’s coming,’” Smith noted. “So he was talking to my son about fashion.”
Or was he?
“And Cole’s like, ‘The president called me a sucker,’” Smith said, choking back laughter. Full story