April 25th, 2012
06:03 PM ET
While the rest of us would only attempt to sing Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" in the comfort of our own showers, it seems President Barack Obama didn't think twice about taking his vocals on the road.
The POTUS has told Rolling Stone that when the thought struck to sing a bit of Green's tune at a January campaign appearance in Harlem, New York, he knew he could do it.
As he tells the magazine, that stop was his fifth of the day, and by the time they arrived at the Apollo Theater, it was around 10:30 at night. Obama had been hoping to hear some Al Green at the time, but he missed out on the show.
"So I was frustrated by that," the president went on. And seeing that he had been "yakking for several hours on all kinds of policy stuff, I just kind of broke into a rendition of 'Let's Stay Together.'"
The crew running the soundboard that night liked what they heard, and encouraged Obama to do it on stage.
The president took to the idea, although senior adviser Valerie Jarrett was opposed. Press secretary Jay Carney, whom Obama described as being just as fatigued as he was, gave the go-ahead, and that's how we wound up with the viral video we have today.
And it doesn't sound like the president had any nerves before he braved his a cappella rendition.
"I can sing," he told Rolling Stone. "I wasn't worried about being able to hit those high notes."
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