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Reuters Fri 16 Jun 2006
White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten plays...

White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten plays bass guitar with his band "The Compassionates" at the White House Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, June 15, 2006. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

White House's Bolten shows "Born to be Wild" side

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush's chief of staff on Thursday showed the Washington political world he can rock 'n' roll.

Josh Bolten entertained a congressional picnic on the White House lawn by playing bass guitar in a band called "The Compassionates." In black pants, white shirts, skinny black ties and sunglasses, they performed songs including "Born to be Wild."

Bolten, who became chief of staff in March, told reporters as the band made its way to the stage that they had played a few times while he was previously at the Office of Management and Budget and quipped: "We were attention disordered at the time."

Bush, in introducing the entertainment at the bipartisan picnic, said: "We got some interesting entertainment for you tonight. We got some people who can play music and some people who think they can play music."

A group of lawmakers, who said their band "The Second Amendments" had performed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait, played songs including "Free Bird."

The third band to perform -- "a real group of musicians" in Bush's words -- was Riders in the Sky.

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