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Obama Attempts to Win Back America With Tiny Musical Moment

Thursday night at a fundraiser in Harlem, Obama was having a way better time than the Republican candidates, and at one point broke into song, honoring Reverend Al Green, who was at the event. Obama sang “Let’s Stay Together” (indeed) for about six seconds, in the middle looking down at the podium for a reflective pause the way he always does, even apparently while singing. It turns out this is not a one-time occurrence. Back in 2008, Obama sang six seconds of Aretha Franklin, and at a different event while he was Senator, he serenaded Dionne Warwick with six seconds of Dionne Warwick, and advised that if you wanted to charm a lady, you put on a Dionne Warwick record.

Here’s Obama singing the presciently selected Franklin number “Chain of Fools”:

And another choice cut, Warwick’s “Walk On By”:

Lest we forget musical politicians ARE A GREAT IDEA. Obama can’t really top this, but the guy can sing, and he looks a little better giving a brief musical speech than Huntsman does at the keys. Now all we need — to ruin music forever — is for Mitt Romney to show up on Jay Leno playing “The Entertainer” on a french horn. [Talking Points Memo]

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193 comments

    1. freakishlywrong

      Any reference to that shit must be presented thusly:
      ♪Let the eeeeeeeeeegle sooooooooooar♫

    2. Not_So_Much

      Horrible. I assume he wrote that tripe while he was in a coma and Andrew Card/Alberto Gonzalez were making him sign the torture memo. Only recourse was to torture our earbones later.

    3. Toomush_Infer

      Hey, I was just asking that in the last thread (except, due to dementia, I couldn't remember Ashcrofts' name)…it's like deja vu all over again…

    4. Pat_Pending

      …"from r-r-r-ROCKYCOAST… to golden shooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-rrr-rrr-rrre…" Man that guy had some pipes. That could only be improved with a little drain cleaner.

        1. horsedreamer_1

          A duet with actual lesbian (I didn't believe it, but I am coming around) Queen Latifah on an update of California Love in support of repealing Prop 8?

  1. elviouslyqueer

    Oh fine, Barry. But if you really want to put a fork in the GOP, let's hear some Teddy Pendergrass or Barry White.

    1. NorthStarSpanx

      Speak for yourself elviouslyqeer, I got pregnant just listening to that, like, eight times today.

      1. Limeylizzie

        I went to his church in Memphis several years ago, it was an amazing experience, especially for a lapsed Catholic English person!

        1. KenLayIsAlive

          Sounds so awesome. Although will is still be church if I can't stop thinking of all the girls who've let me touch them MOSTLY because I had an Al Green record playing?

    1. LesBontemps

      Al Green for Secretary of Love; Bootsy Collins for Secretary of Funk. This is the kind of public policy I could really get behind.

      1. Negropolis

        But, who will be the Secretary of War? Because you just know that Parliament-Funkadelic will want to reclaim it's title as World's Funkiest Government.

    1. Dashboard Buddha

      And of course, Newt is a Me and Mrs. Jones kinda guy.
      (if played on out of tune banjos, that is)

        1. Dashboard Buddha

          I estimate that the number of Amy Grants songs one can listen to before slipping into a diabetic coma is picking up the CD.

    1. sunmusing

      I wonder if BO will point to that douchbaeg Joe What'shisname and ask him what he thought about CU now.

  2. Callyson

    After listening to those idiots and assholes at last night's debate, Obama's baritone is music to my ears whether he is literally singing or not…

      1. Callyson

        I think I will use Mayor Nutter's "idiots and assholes" line for the rest of my life. Fits so many situations.

  3. BaldarTFlagass

    I think he oughtta get George Clinton up there on stage for a little Chocolate City.

    Uh, what's happening, BO?
    They still call it the White House
    But that's a temporary condition, too.
    Can you dig it, BO?

  4. johnnymeatworth

    Now if he'd only convene the Family Stone as a Cabinet-level organization and do "I Want To Take You Higher…."

  5. chicken_thief

    For about $150 bucks or the purchase of 20 of his books, Cain would prolly go on tour with Obama and accompany him in duets. And maybe do some (more) tap dancing, too. Which would be fun, 'cause then we could watch Barry slap him in the back of the head every time he lapsed into his 9-9-9 bullshit.

  6. sati_demise

    Why does he always say "I wasnt going to do that"?

    He cannot help himself, has no control over soul music at all.
    He must be possessed.

  7. freakishlywrong

    I really don't know how all these people hate this guy. viscerally hate him. What's not to love? He's adorable.

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      amen freakish, I believe the problem is too many uptight white folk got their heads up their collective ass when they oughta be shakin it…if BO and MObama would take a few minutes to get their freak on stage at the Dem National Convention they'd hip-hop all over Willard's poor white Moron ass into 4 mo years in the Black House!

    1. chicken_thief

      Newt didn't really do justice to the vocals, but it was amazing how he could freeze one eye in place like that.

      1. widestanceshakedown

        From many years of being on the lookout for rapidly opening doors and windows while he. . .GAWD, you people are despicable for getting what I mean here.

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      gotta love the man, despite all his 'flaws' and not bein' as librul as we'd like him to be BO is STILL the coolest dude in any room! haters gotta hate (and the Repigs OWN that) but lovers gotta LOVE…namaste brotha!

  8. flamingpdog

    In response, Newt broke into an impromptu rendition of "Let the kleagle soar!

    (Yeah, yeah, I stole the wording from Baldar, but I had the idea before I saw his post.)

  9. Dumbedup

    And Romney is now furiously practicing some Apollo style dance steps to try out. Should be good stuff.

    1. LettucePrey

      Take that, you Republican, anachronistic, flat-toned, strident, non-trendy bunch of old white men!

      1. SorosBot

        Can you imagine Mittens or Newt singing? Somehow I don't think it would be charming or tuneful at all.

        1. widestanceshakedown

          I'd rather not imagine it, but since you brought it up, Newt would sound like a goose getting barebacked by a broken bottle and Mittens like an old modem about to expire.

  10. freakishlywrong

    Look closely, you can see his running mate, the teleprompter. He's the first president in history that has used one, you know. TOTUS.

  11. flamingpdog

    Barry can do all the singing he wants on the campaign trail as long as he promises not to get together with Uncle Joe Biden and do a duet of "Ebony and Ivory".

  12. Terry

    "is for Mitt Romney to show up on Jay Leno playing “The Entertainer” on a french horn. "

    Sure, Mitt can play the French horn but his real talent lies in playing the harpsicord.

    1. flamingpdog

      Funny, the Mittbot* always struck me as more of a Moog synthesizer kind of guy.

      *not you, the artist formerly known as Palinz

  13. benjo765

    oh Obama, when will you impromptu breakdance for us? I suggest after beating Mittens in November. I know you'll somehow manage to awkwardly make it semi-cool.

  14. SayItWithWookies

    Nothing like a little smidgen of soul — certainly better than Rick Santorum erupting into "Jesus Loves Me This I Know" or some other Sunday school tune befitting his mentality and worldview, or Newt singing "Mean Mr. Mustard" under the impression that it's a glowing tribute, or Mitt breaking into one of the Casio organ demo themes.

    1. jqheywood

      "Mitt breaking into one of the Casio organ demo themes."

      Yes! At the mall, at the Jordan Kitts next to the Cinnabon….

  15. Ducksworthy

    Now close your eyes and imagine Mittens singing. What that? Oh right. He has people to do that for him. They're called the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

    1. Dashboard_Jesus

      hate to repeat myself but that nice Moron boy gonna need to loosen up that tight white ass o' his

  16. Goonemeritus

    “Obama Attempts to Win Back America With Tiny Musical Moment”

    No need you big lug, how could we stay mad at you.

    1. GOPCrusher

      "I may be sending more money home soon, as my friend Patty is promising me a blow job."

      Seriously, why is this movie not on TV more often?

  17. OneYieldRegular

    This sets a really bad precedent. Are we now doomed to hear Newt Gingrich sing Lee Greenwood, Mitt Romney break out some Donny Osmond, and Rick Santorum stay true to form by crooning Elton John?

      1. C_R_Eature

        "Mein Gott! How many timez must I szay ziss…zat film vas schpliced!"
        – Al Hilter, Buneos Ares, Argentina

    1. GOPCrusher

      Seriously, on a Yahoo comment for the article about Barry being at Disney World, an enlightened commenter quipped "Only blacks are buying this fools garbage anymore."

  18. KenLayIsAlive

    Attempt successful, goddamn it.

    After watching these GOP psychopaths try and out-hate each other, I'm reminded just how cool Barry is. Okay, fine, so he could be way better politically, but at least he isn't those assholes.

  19. Left_Leftie

    You know that shit worked on Michelle! And it sure as hell worked on me! ***swoon*** I love our studly President.

  20. zappadoo76

    Thursday night at a fundraiser in Harlem… and at one point broke into song.

    Maybe he thinks that's how black people act. They do that in the movies sometimes. You know, like in Porgy and Bess.

  21. rickmaci

    Uh, Barry. Not saying you are bad but you'd best be trying to hang on to that day job. Peace out.

  22. PlanetWingNut

    This is proof NoBama hates White Culture…he didn't sing anything from Andy Williams!!!!!!!

    (hope someone recognizes me out there to know this is snark)

  23. greypanter

    Handsome, athletic, smart, and he can sing like a bird and dance real cool. Holy crap, a talented cool dude who made it in a stiff white man's world.

  24. Negropolis

    Needz moar Michelle for proper Ashford & Simpson effect.

    BTW, my favorite part is that he apologizes for this as if it were a vice. lol Now, the dancing…that's a whole other thing, let me tell you.

  25. Negropolis

    Not be outdone, Mitt has promised to bust out some Andy Williams, and Perry was heard whistling Dixie.

  26. horsedreamer_1

    Backstage, Ken Layne was apprehended by Secret Service while in possession of a pot of hot grits.

  27. ttommyunger

    Better voice than me, smarter than me, shoots hoops better than me, even bowls better than me, and he sucks at bowling. I want those things in my President.

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