sweet home chicago

Barack Obama Sings ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ With B.B. King & Mick Jagger

One little bit of Al Green and now everybody expects the president to sing America’s blues and soul classics. Well, why not? Thomas Jefferson loved to sing, and so did Richard Nixon. Look at old Mick Jagger hand the microphone to the president, after the R&B legends all insist the president take a verse of “Sweet Home Chicago.”

What is this, anyway? Some kind of PBS/White House blues party. It will be on the teevee February 27, but for now it is right here on your Wonkette. Here’s a short version with just the Obama singing, for those who lack the attention spans to endure two minutes of fun:

Mitt Romney plans to counter this charm offensive by singing the “Love Theme to the Salt Lake City Olympics,” in one of his more intimate yachts. [YouTube]

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  1. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

    It's 257 days to the election, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark… and we're wearing sunglasses.

    Hit it.

        1. Biff

          It was a horrible time in our history when "Negro music" was popularized by the likes of Pat Boone and Elvis Presley.

      1. flamingpdog

        I liked the one a few years later when Joe Cocker joined him on stage while he was doing his Cocker imitation. That's when I knew Belushi really had balls.

  2. SudsMcKenzie

    Taking a microphone from Mick Jagger? Careful Mr. President, you Really don't know where that's been.

    1. James Michael Curley

      Kieth Richards did that in 1965 and took tens of thousands of volts which melted his guitar strings.

      1. flamingpdog

        I refuse to look. I'm pretty sure seeing that video took five years off of Don Cornelius's life. RIP, Don.

      2. MittBorg

        Jezus, Fukui-chan! I shoulda known better. I had actually managed to forget how furious that asshole makes me. Every time I see his face I get a bad attack of bile.

        So I went and watched The O-Man again, and DAMN it feels good to have My President in charge!

    1. MittBorg

      Ain't that the truth. For eight long years, every time I had to look at, or listen to, The Idiot Bastard Son, every cell in my body cringed. Whether he was physically dragging the Chinese premier offstage by the sleeve, or molesting the German premier, or getting way too familiar with minimally-dressed female athletes at the Olympics while falling-on-his-ass drunk, or yelling "Ola, amigo!" at Berlusconi across the room, or yowling "Yo, Blair" at TonyThePoodle, or asking seriously stupid questions of the Brazilians. Dear god, it was an endless smorgasbord of shame with that asshole as the nation's representative.

      I feel like my hellion teenager with the drug habit finally grew up and moved out, and the younger kid who's still home turned into a star athlete, dancer, scholar, and all-around champion, and I can sleep, now.

    1. MittBorg

      I know. I've already given up even thinking about it. AND he got the cutest chick, too.

      Why, if I didn't like that man so much, I'd … I'd have a stern word with him. Maybe.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        And, to quote from the book of Whoopi, "get her hair done, her nails done . . . and beat [Barack] so bad he thought he was back [in the Illinois State Senate]."

    1. katamaran24

      I'm pretty sure that she would skin you alive and wear your hide as a stylish suit, with some cute pumps and a lovely belt.

      1. MittBorg

        He's the only one in recent memory that's like, young, fit, and hot. The others were either old or just gross. Even Bill, who's as charming a fucking horndog as ever staggered across a road in search of pussy, was way too plump and pink for my taste. This guy I'd do in a heartbeat.

    1. MittBorg

      Mrs. O says he sings to her all the time. You know the laydeez sure do like that, especially when the man in question can sing like he do. Damn, he's smoove.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        Not enough o's in smoove to show how smoooooooooooooooove he is. Because he can dance too.

        ETA – I think I just accidentally quoted a Weird Al lyric, from a song about cheesy pickup lines. Only Barry proves that they are only cheesy when someone less awesome than him dares to try them.

        1. MittBorg

          Srsly. I wish I had a tenth of his smarts, his coolth, and his charm. Shit, I wish the Repuglycuntz had a *billionth* of *any* of his good qualities.

  3. Chichikovovich

    The quest for cool will be evened up again when Mitt knocks out "Theme from A Summer Place" on the Hammond organ, accompanied by Pat Boone humming in the background.

    1. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

      It'll take some doin' to top Jasper's rendition. (Warning: "Video" is really just audio with a still picture. I understand some people object to that sort of thing)

    2. MittBorg

      Geezus, you bastard. I blame you for any nightmares tonight.

      I actually once listened to Pat Boone perform Deep Purple's Smoke on the Water. I think I was very drunk at the time. Fortunately, I remember *nothing,* except that I never want to hear it again.

      1. flamingpdog

        I've never heard that, but I'm not going to sleep tonight now that you've put the thought of it in my head.

  4. GuyClinch

    I'm just amazed he managed to improvise the original lyrics, "Sweet Sual Alinsky,Can We Go Home Together Now Like All Those Other Nights When We Mutually Masturbate To Thoughts Of Franklin Graham Rim-Jobbing Santorum". Well done, Mister President!

      1. Fukui_sanYesOta

        Certainly in my lifetime. My first remembered is Reagan, and I disliked him at eight years old in his first term.

        1. MittBorg

          The younger stepson had the same exact reaction at the same age. I was surprised, since you don't expect a kid that age to have any real political sense (even if three of their parents are political junkies), but I think the light bulb went off for him when Reagan was "joking" about bombing Moscow. (Fucking idiotic ghoulish prick.) Numba Two Son turned to me with tears in his eyes and said, "I hate him. He doesn't care if he dies because he's old and he already lived. I don't want to die. I haven't lived. I want to grow up and be old like him." The poor little tyke might not have understood the depth of that evil wretch's mendacity, but to him, the outcome was pretty clear: the old fuck didn't give a shit if every little kid in the world died.

  5. bumfug

    No wonder these republican stooges hate him – they know that even if he was poor and had no political power, their women would swim across rivers to fuck him.

    1. MittBorg

      Now that you mention it … HAHAHAHA!!! And he's got a dick that's bigger than all of theirs put together, or at least THEY think so, so that's gotta be burning some SAD holes in their britches. Either that or being the bunch of closeted fucking screaming queens that they are, they're all having to hold on to their wangers with both hands to keep from crawling over to lick his boots for an hour or two.

    1. Fukui_sanYesOta

      They say things like:

      Historically, kings don’t care what it cost the peasants for their indulgence

      I know we have grown used to this kind of gross behavior but I am sitting here with a sick heart watching this man and his family party in our White House while our country is staggering. My son has his first track meet of his life tomorrow and his dad can’t be there because he has to work out of state. Obama’s daughters just arrived home on our plane from another vacation in time to party. This man can not get 4 more years.

      Then make some really shit (and racist) jokes about that hottie Michelle's fat arse

      then, and this made me laugh

      Obama has his rock star mojo- we have magic underwear and a sweater vest. great.

        1. MittBorg

          Warning: Just accept the fact that a whole bunch of American presidents have behaved like completely undignified assholes. Unless you're as sensitive as an old boar/sow, in which case, don't blame Dok or me if you have nightmares.

          Damn your eyes, Dok, you agent provocateur!

          1. DrOzarkZ.Hellbender

            Oh, my.

            Just glad I don't have to write anything at the chalkboard right now, if you know what I mean, and I think you do.

        1. Fukui_sanYesOta

          Someone's husband has to work out of state (feel lucky for having a job) after the near-depression caused by idiotic monetary and tax policy during a Republican Presidency, then blame Obama.

          Oh, and then call it our White House.

          Now, I don't know that lady's personal situation, but in general I'd invite voters with that grasp of economics and politics to die screaming in a fiery car crash.

          edit: That's a bit harsh but I don't care at this point.

      1. finallyhappy

        I had to work out of state some years ago when it was my daughter's birthday. I didn't like George Bush(ok, I loathed him) but it never occurred to me that it was his fault. Something is missing in my logic.

        1. BerkeleyBear

          Yeah,I spent most of 2000-07 one call away from travel on short notice, my holiday/family plans be damned. But not once did I blame my travel schedule on GWB.

          1. 40 or 50 % McShineys

            Well, for one, GWB is white. Come on now, you know the rules.

            Now, if you were one of these real patriots, you'd be blaming your travel schedule from 2000 – 2007 on Obama.

            Get with the program, already!

  6. Guppy

    Your local Wonkett is supported by PETA bait-and-switch clickwhoring, Flash-based eco driving games, the all-knowing Campbell Brown, and asshats like you.

  7. arihaya

    apart from singing, there is another similarity in taste between Obama and Thomas Jefferson, if you know what I mean .. hehehe

    1. MittBorg

      arihaya, you slut, are YOU ogling Michelle Obama TOO? Take a number and get in line, dood.

      Not that that selfish Barack will let us within a mile of her.

    1. MittBorg

      Please god, why do you even ask me to imagine those assholes singing? They probably sound like assholes singing. If you get my drift. And I b'leev you do.

  8. Pat_Pending

    Should we feel bad about his coolness? Actually, I'm sitting here watching American Experience – Clinton, and they're just now going thru Lewinsky and Whitewater and alla that shit, and frankly, no. I don't feel bad at all. Obama is hot, Michelle is hot, they look like they still fuck each other, and their kids are cool. No, I'm not in any position to say whether any of what I think is true, but…

    1. Z Crudmonger

      I'm feeling pretty cool about his badness. Watching the same show, whatever happened to Ken Starr?

    2. Negropolis

      I watched the series, too, and was struck by how uncannily similar what they did to Clinton is happening to Obama, except that instead of going after business deals and sex scandals, they are just totally making up shit out of the blue, now 24/7, 365.

      What left me hopeful was that they also detail what happens when Republicans overreach, and 2012 is really building up to show that, again. But, that also left me exhausted, because we shouldn't be fighting the exact same battles every decade. We should have grown beyond some of the crap we're still fighting over.

    1. Beanball

      Sweet Home Chicago be the original. Not sure but I believe Robert Johnson wrote it and Muddy Waters electrified it on Maxwell Street.

    2. MittBorg

      Hey, man, *everybody's* home is sweet to *them.*

      OK, there's gotta be a few places where that isn't true. But I haven't yet met a human being who doesn't miss their home, no matter where they come from.

  9. Negropolis

    Oh, you guys just wait until Ron Paul fires up the Wurlitzer and cranks out a stirring rendition of "The Entertainer". The wimmenz will just glide right out of their seats.

  10. LesBontemps

    Yeah, being preznit is okay, and killing Bin Laden was all right, and saving the auto industry is all in a day's work, but being on stage with BB King, Jeff Beck and Mick Jagger is fuckin awesome!

  11. angerbear

    It lacks the passion and fervor of John Ashcroft's classic live performances, but it's a decent effort. I give it an 8.

      1. ShaveTheWhales

        Excuse me for a belated remark, but fuck John Asscroft. Or, butt-fuck John Asscroft. Your choice.

        1. flamingpdog

          Dude, if the Republiklans break down and run Zombie Reagan for President, then Obama can pull a reverse-Ashcroft when the dead guy loses.

    1. flamingpdog

      And speaking of Ashcroft clones (which no one was), I can't believe teh Wonkette failed to feature this story from 2010, but I can't find any post about it in teh Wonkette archive.

      1. NellCote71

        2008? Harrumph. The Stones have been my No. 1 band since the 1960s, and you have to be the coolest person in the world to have Mick hand you the mic, so I win by circuitous logic.

  12. NellCote71

    Now I understand why people spend millions of dollars and give up their lives to be president, so they can jam with Mick Jagger and B.B. King. Repugs, you are so toast.

  13. SayItWithWookies

    Well sure, Barry grew up in church, so singing comes naturally to him. It would be like if Dubya had to get his daddy to pay for his ex-girlfriend's abortion back when it was illegal. But for some reason nobody thinks of that as a talent they want to see people compete in — kinda discriminatory if you ask me.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        The church of the laid back bragh, bragh. It's an island thing. (And yeah, Wookies for once is off base – O's family wasn't religious, according to his memoirs).

  14. Callyson

    Hey frothy mix–remember when you said you were not the most exciting guy in the room, but you were the one that the girl wanted to take home to Mother? Guess again…

    1. MittBorg

      At this point, the only reason any "girl" would want to take this asshole home to mother is if mother was a fucking serial killer with a taste for skinning her victims.

  15. mmeetoilenoir

    Dammit…I was sitting here watching this video, and my panties just flew off! I couldn't help it. It's Barry's fault. Must be his Cranial Alien O' Doom that did it.

  16. ShaveTheWhales

    This was really a short illustration of just how good a politician is President Obama. We all know that he had to know that the band would want him to sing, but he waited until they asked. And then got Michelle's approval. And then sang just enough to prove he could (even though the key was a couple steps up from his natural range), shared the mic, and made a graceful exit.

    Stage presence is not the most important attribute of a President (or else I wouldn't regard Reagan as the worst abomination ever inflicted on the USA), but having some of it sure beats the hell out of his immediate predecessor fuckwit, or any of the barely self-feeding fuckwits contending for the Republican nomination.

    / Please excuse the repetition of "fuckwit" in the foregoing. I'm drunk,. /

    1. finallyhappy

      I like fuckwit- much better than a word I have asked to be deleted from Wonkette and every where else.

  17. pinkocommi

    obama not only would win the talent and interview portions of the pageant, but he also wins the swimsuit competition. hands down.

  18. Numbat_Dundee

    Now all he has to do to fix the economy is get the band back together and hold a big concert at that lake.

      1. MittBorg

        And then the zombie Nazi troops come marching out and SLAUGHTER all those hippie kidz, and Bammerz is promoted to High Illuminatus, yay!

        Wut? A dream? WUT DO U MEAN, a dream?

  19. zappadoo76

    Obama is indisputably the "coolest" President ever. On the down side, he is instituting a police state, subsidizing capitalist hegemony and aggressively pushing US imperialism. But then, nobody's perfect.

    1. Fukui_sanYesOta

      Instituting a police state?

      No, he's not fucking perfect by a long shot. I still think he's far far better than the alternative.

      I'd like to see congress push far more left and Obama get a second term – that would be change. When Congress (esp Reps) lean hard, teabaggy right then Obama gets left in the cold without compromise, and those fucking cunts like Boehner won't because they can't, because of the teabaggers.

    2. C_R_Eature

      I was in the audience, years ago, when some kid asked the esteemed political journalist and weapons expert Dr. Hunter S. Thompson almost this very same question. His response was "Grow up!"

      It's like this: You can't stop or turn a Motor Vessel on a dime and the first thing you have to do when taking over from an incompetent Captain is see to the safety of your command.

    3. MittBorg

      How exactly is he "instituting a police state"? Because according to my research, that occurred at least 12 years ago, and IIRC, Mr. Obama was not involved in policy-making in any way, shape, or form, on the Federal level. Please feel free to provide a cite, because if you have information to the contrary, I would really appreciate having access to same. As for "subsidizing capitalist hegemony," that is another charge that lies a little thin. This is a capitalist economy, and the process of ensuring hegemony for this particular economic structure occurred some hundreds of years before Mr. Obama was born. You're certainly free to provide cites to the contrary, but I suspect you will not find any.

      As for "aggressively pushing US imperialism," given that this country has done that for approximately 200 or more years without Mr. Obama's help, I'd really like to know exactly how you managed to lay the blame for *this* at Mr. Obama's feet. AFAICS, he has done a great deal towards reducing US imperialism while maintaining his mandated duty of countering any activity that might negatively affect the US and its interests.

      I am very interested in hearing your response. Thank you.

      1. Cannolele

        The other name for troll is "negropolis." Black city? Is that what you want? A city populated entirely by black people? Why are you pushing that particular piece of racism?

    1. MittBorg

      If Barry is anything at ALL like me or any other brown person, he will heartily kick Mick Jagger's ass when the first syllable escapes those despicable lips.

  20. Cannolele

    O villain, villain, smiling, damnèd villain!
    My tables—meet it is I set it down
    That one may smile, and smile, and be a villain—
    At least I am sure it may be so in Denmark.

    Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 105–109

  21. Extemporanus

    A song written nearly 100 years ago by a young African-American man whose father was run out of town by a lynch mob of white landowners…

    Performed by a multi-racial group of American and British musicians in a White House built and at one time inhabited by African-American slaves…

    Sung by a bi-racial African-American president of the United States of America whose wife and daughters are descendants of African-American slaves.

    The E string of the aural universe is long, but it bends toward justice.

  22. NellCote71

    "As president, Barack Obama told the audience, "Some nights when you want to go out and just take a walk, clear your head, or jump into a car just to take a drive, you can't do it. Secret Service won't let you. And that's frustrating.
    "But then there are other nights where B.B. King and Mick Jagger come over to your house to play for a concert. So I guess things even out a little bit," he joked"

  23. johnnyzhivago

    OT and no snark, because I'm pissed – I just saw this Franklin Graham (sic) on NBC questioning Obama – and Romney's Chistianity. Who IS THIS TWAT (other than being the spawn of Billy Graham? Why does anyone care to hear him on the TV???

    I don't profess to be a religious person, but I grew up in the Catholic Church and have been a Presbyterian for a number of years. I've never – EVER – heard a priest, nun, minister, bishop – whatever – talk about a member of another faith in a disparaging, obnoxious manner.

    Why does this idiot deserve to be heard on TV?

    1. Negropolis

      Are you seeing a rerun of his time on Morning Joe, or did they really allow him to make the TV circuit?

    2. finallyhappy

      Well, there is some channel amongst the 1000's on my FIOS guide that has a Jimmy Swaggert show and then two other shows with 2 other Swaggerts. I bet this Graham has a show on one of those channels too. Of course, being on one of those stations is not the same as NBC but "major" media "news" shows are all whores too these days.

    3. unclejeems

      Well, duh. Only Baptists, and of them, only Southern Baptists, will ever walk dem golden streets. Didn't you know? Hell, I knew that by the time I was eight–since I went to a Southern Baptist church in California (with a bunch of misplaced Okies). It's your all-American exceptionalism, taken up a couple of notches. Nothing new here.

  24. BlueStateLibel

    Nothing can hold a candle to Rick Santorium's ominous chanting of Gregorian medieval monk hymns. Nothing.

  25. An_Outhouse

    Big deal. Name me one colored man who can't sing. They're always bobbing and weaving a humming and dancing and such.

    1. MittBorg

      Oh, PLEEZ. The fuckin' white Crappers were bad enough. The thought of Santorum flinging his angular limbs around while pretending to be one of those guys is simply barfacious.

  26. James Michael Curley

    "I went to the crossroad
    fell down on my knees
    I went to the crossroad
    fell down on my knees
    Asked the Lord above "Have mercy, now
    save poor Barack, if you please"

    Definitely!
    Add Clapton on lead, Jack Bruce on Bass, Ginger Baker on drums (if the meth hasn't killed him) and time will warp.

  27. Larry McAwful

    Lord a'mighty. I can't wait for Mittens to start jamming with the Osmond Family. Or for Rick Santorum to start jamming with Kentucky Clem's All-White-People Jug Band.

    Suddenly I feel that all those nights I've spent in karaoke bars have served a purpose. I will be your next president! One more of my famous Fixx or Devo renditions, and I'll be ready to start my exploratory committee! Why not follow a blues-and-R&B-singing president with a new wave-singing president? I'd appreciate your vote! Thanks!

  28. ttommyunger

    Tall, smart, athletic, talented and prolly has a huge dick. (Boehner, McConnell and Cantor sob uncontrollably)

  29. joshleefolsom

    Hey, man, you put B.B. King and Mick Jagger in the headline, but Buddy Guy is the dude that called him up. Also, he sang a chorus not a verse. 2 cents from a blues nut. MOBAMA!!

  30. Limeylizzie

    I did that with someone's post the other day, I don't remember who wrote it , but it was awesomely fab., it was about priests buttfucking young boys.

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