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‘Hamilton’ fans go ham on Twitter after White House livestream abruptly ends

Obama is dealing with some angry fans after the White House's 'Hamilton' stream cut out after two songs.


Rae Votta


Posted on Mar 14, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 2:21 am CDT

If you can’t get a ticket to Hamilton (who can?), you can still catch some of it online, thanks to President Obama.

Hamilton’s cast is performing for Obama in an event fans have dubbed #Bam4Ham, and video of the event will go up on after it’s over.

Hamilton got an early start at the White House in 2009 with a performance of a draft of the first song at a Poetry & Spoken Word event.

Today’s event is not a full performance, just selections, and there are no costumes or setpieces. Despite Obama saying the event was to “share this incredible musical with folks who might otherwise not get the experience,” the audience trying to livestream the event on the White House’s YouTube channel definitely felt shut out when it abruptly cut off after only a couple songs. The clip went to a blue screen, then announced the event had concluded, at least for unhappy digital fans.

The anger has also led to lots of inside jokes on #Bam4Ham, in true Hamilton fan fashion. There’s no word on if any more of the performance will appear online, at least on official channels, but fans can catch the opening number and “My Shot,” along with Obama’s remarks, on YouTube now.

Update 6:19am CT, March 15: The livestream may have cut out, but Miranda and Obama did give us a sweet freestyle video in the Rose Garden.

Screengrab via WhiteHouse/YouTube

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*First Published: Mar 14, 2016, 7:37 pm CDT