Music and Politics Meet at the White House

Christopher Sabec Grateful Dead PoliticsWhile still at Law School, Christopher received a message from one of his former tutoring students who worked at the White House, Dylan Glen. The message stated to call the White House, as George Bush Sr. needed to get in contact with the Grateful Dead. Christopher hadn’t had the slightest idea of how he’d do this, but since it came from the White House, he made it a priority. George Bush Sr. wanted to invite the Dead over to the White House to discuss environmental issues that their fans faced along with a potential public service announcement of the issue of their choice.

Apparently it was fairly easy to get in contact with the Grateful Dead when you tell them that the White House wants to speak with them. Christopher then went on to set up a meeting with the Grateful Dead and the President of the United States, George Bush Sr. The Dead eventually met with the President and his board of environmental advisors to discuss the issues that were of concern to the band and their loyal followers. The band was impressed by the administrations willingness do promote a pro-environment campaign. There were multiple other meetings after this, and significant amendments to the administration’s environmental policy were made.

Christopher was the catalyst to these environmental policy changes, including changes to the Endangered Species Act and logging policies. After the first meeting, the Grateful Dead’s confidant, John Barlow, showed his appreciation for Christopher and asked if he’d like to hang out with the Dead and join them at their concert that night. Christopher stayed friendly with the band ever since.