February 22, 2012


Barack Obama Sang With B.B. King Last Night

Win McNamee
Win McNamee

President Barack Obama, the most powerful man in the world, began his singing career at The Apollo Theater last month with a few bars of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," perhaps a veiled reference to his interest in staying together with this country as president. His version of "Let's Stay Together" was much lauded, but unfortunately Obama was unable to parlay his music blog success into a record deal.

The president continued his push for musical recognition last night by singing a few bars of "Sweet Home Chicago," a famed blues standard allegedly written by Robert Johnson. At the end of what appears to be a PBS special shot at The White House, Obama thanks The All-Star Band (B.B. King, Booker T. Jones, Mick Jagger and Derek Trucks), who then ask him to join them on "Sweet Home Chicago." Obama sings, "Come on, baby, don't you wanna go / Come on, baby, don't you wanna go..." before putting the microphone to B.B. King's lips. King sings, "Back to that same old place," and then Obama takes the mic back and sings, "Sweet home, Chicago." We feel good about his chances of getting that record deal. Check out the video below.