In the final stages of his presidency, US commander in cool Barack Obama invited Chicago’s Chosen Few DJs to the White House.

The “Chosen Few” are 8 Chicago House Music ambassadors (Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn), whose annual Chicago picnic is now in its 26th year. In fact, for its 25th edition, Obama appeared on a large screen during the event congratulating the artists and acknowledged the DJs place in musical (and Chicago) history.

The visit went down in Mid-May, but now images have just been released of the President, his two dogs, and the DJs with families noticeably enjoying their time together. In this age of constant volatility, the Chosen Few and their “celebration of soul music” ethos is a welcome breath of fresh air.

Also, these are the kind of things that make everyone around the world (already) nostalgic for the days of Obama. One can only image who President Trump would invite…

The Chosen Few Picnic goes down 2-3 July in Chicago’s Jackson Park. Check out the video introducing the event and some images from the Chosen Few’s visit to the White House.