April 25, 2012


Obama Wasn’t Worried About Al Green Cover: “I Can Sing”


When Barack Obama sang Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at the Apollo Theater on January 19, he wowed the world with his vocal abilities, and apparently wasn't even worried about messing up! 

The President told Rolling Stone, "It was my fifth event of the day. It's about 10:30 at night, and we go up to the Apollo. I wanted to hear Al Green... Since I was on my fifth event and have been yakking away for several hours on all kinds of policy stuff, I just kind of broke into a rendition of 'Let's Stay Together.' And [the venue's sound guys said], 'Oh, so the president, you can sing, man. You should do that onstage.

"[Senior advisor] Valerie Jarrett was with us, and she was like [whispers, making a slashing motion across his throat], 'No, no...,'" Obama says. "I [ignored her and] said, 'Yeah, I'll do that. You don't think I can do that onstage?' I looked at [press secretary] Jay Carney, and he was tired too, and he said, 'Yeah, go for it.' So I went up there and we did it."

His performance went perfectly, and wound up as a viral video and a ringtone. "I can sing. I wasn't worried about being able to hit those notes," said Obama. His singing career continued with "Sweet Home Chicago" with Mick Jagger and B.B. King. Watch the clip of Obama singing "Let's Stay Together" and let us know what you think of his performance in the comments below!