WASHINGTON DC (AP) – President Barack Obama admits he was a little surprised when he first heard founding father Alexander Hamilton described as embodying hip-hop.

But he says “Hamilton” has become a favorite in the Obama household.

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Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed members of the show’s cast to perform at the White House on Monday.

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The story of Hamilton is told by a young African-American and Latino cast and has a varied score that ranges from pop ballads to sexy R&B to rap battles

Obama says the story is about an immigrant who escapes poverty and rises to the top through hard work and determination. He says the show brings unlikely folks together and is jokingly encouraging the creators to create a show about Congress.

The show is currently on tour and is playing at SHN Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.

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