President Obama's in need of a slow jam
November 7th, 2012
03:39 PM ET

President Obama's in need of a slow jam

Three years ago, Beyonce performed Etta James' "At Last" for a newly elected President Obama and First Lady Michelle as they had their first dance at an inaugural ball.

Now, as he prepares to enter his second term, another round of inauguration events are on the horizon - and the president's still mulling over the right song.

He told Ryan Seacrest as much on Tuesday, when the radio and TV personality asked whether Obama had a song picked out, should he win the election.

"Now that's a tough choice, and I think I'll have to consult with my wife," Obama said. "Whatever it is, it's got to be a slow song so that I can put my moves on Michelle. Something a little romantic, you know?"

Perhaps revealing a little more than Seacrest's audience really wanted to know, he added, "I haven't seen her a lot lately. I've been on the road too much."

We would recommend Al Green's "I'm Still In Love With You," since he loves to hit Green's high notes, but that's too upbeat. What suggestions do you have for songs that could help set the mood in January?


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    November 20, 2012 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  2. I've got to be me--sammy davis jr. version

    Whether I'm right or whether I'm wrong
    Whether I find a place in this world or never belong
    I gotta be me, I've gotta be me
    What else can I be but what I am

    I want to live, not merely survive
    And I won't give up this dream
    Of life that keeps me alive
    I gotta be me, I gotta be me
    The dream that I see makes me what I am

    That far-away prize, a world of success
    Is waiting for me if I heed the call
    I won't settle down, won't settle for less
    As long as there's a chance that I can have it all

    I'll go it alone, that's how it must be
    I can't be right for somebody else
    If I'm not right for me
    I gotta be free, I've gotta be free
    Daring to try, to do it or die
    I've gotta be me

    I'll go it alone, that's how it must be
    I can't be right for somebody else
    If I'm not right for me
    I gotta be free, I just gotta be free
    Daring to try, to do it or die
    I gotta be me

    November 12, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. that's amore -- dean martin

    (In Napoli where love is King)
    (When boy meets girl)
    (Here's what they say)

    When the moon hits your eye
    Like a big-a pizza pie
    That's amore
    When the world seems to shine
    Like you've had too much wine
    That's amore

    Bells'll ring
    Ting-a-ling-a-ling
    Ting-a-ling-a-ling
    And you'll sing "Vita bella"
    Hearts'll play
    Tippi-tippi-tay
    Tippi-tippi-tay
    Like a gay tarantella

    When the stars make you drool
    Joost-a like pasta fazool
    That's amore
    When you dance down the street
    With a cloud at your feet, you're in love
    When you walk in a dream
    But you know you're not dreamin', signore
    'Scusami, but you see
    Back in old Napoli, that's amore

    (When the moon hits your eye)
    (Like a big-a pizza pie, that's amore)

    That's amore

    (When the world seems to shine
    (Like you've had too much wine, that's amore)

    That's amore

    (Bells will ring)
    (Ting-a-ling-a-ling)
    (ting-a-ling-a-ling)
    (And you'll sing "Vita bella")
    (Vita bell-vita bella)
    (Hearts will play)
    (Tippi-tippi-tay, tippi-tippi-tay)
    (Like a gay tarantella)

    Lucky fella

    When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool
    That's amore (that's amore)
    When you dance down the street
    With a cloud at your feet, you're in love
    When you walk in a dream
    But you know you're not dreaming, signore
    'Scusami, but you see
    Back in old Napoli, that's amore

    November 12, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Disgusted

    We no longer have a president in the United States. We now have a celebrity; similiar to the Kardashians, Beyonce and her weird husband, etc, etc.
    How other countries must laugh and laugh at us!

    November 11, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • youre a joke

      dude

      youre a joke

      if the world had an election obama would win by 70%

      November 12, 2012 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. How about this one...

    The moment I wake up
    Before I put on my make up
    I say a little prayer for you
    While combing my hair now
    And wond'ring what dress to wear now
    I say a little prayer for you

    Forever, and ever you'll stay in my heart
    And I will love you
    Forever, and ever we never will part
    Oh, how I love you
    Together, forever, that's how it must be.
    To live without you
    Would only mean heartbreak for me

    I run for the bus, dear
    While riding I think of us dear
    I say a little prayer for you
    At work I just take time
    { From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/burt-bacharach-lyrics/i-say-a-little-prayer-for-you-lyrics.html }
    and all through my coffee break time
    I say a little prayer for you

    Forever, and ever you'll stay in my heart
    And I will love you
    Forever, and ever we never will part
    Oh, how I love you
    Together, forever, that's how it must be.
    To live without you
    Would only mean heartbreak for me

    I say a little prayer for you

    I say a little prayer for you

    My darling, believe me
    For me there is no one but you
    Please love me too
    I'm in love with you
    Answer my prayer
    Say you love me too

    November 11, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. Maliha

    or maybe...consider cancelling it, keeping in mind the hurricane sandy use that money to help the victims ...:-)

    November 11, 2012 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
    • don't even mention the name hurricane sandy

      everyone gets chill up and down their spine when they hear that name...those poor people...my neighbor lost 2 summer homes, his boat. awful

      November 11, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. maliha

    HERO by Mariah Carey...I think the words mean everything :-)

    November 11, 2012 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Not sure about this one.

      i performed this song many years ago when a police officer died.

      November 11, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. librababy

    Not that he, or anyone of consequence, will read this, but my suggestion is Somewhere Over the Rainbow, the version by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole. You can still dance to it, but it has an uplifting feel to it. Perfect for starting a new term in office. I also think it's quite sweet.

    November 10, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bear

    Vince Gill
    "Whenever you come around"

    November 10, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. janice

    greatest inspiration teddy pendergast

    November 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OU812

    great album...about love sammy hagar has one of the s-xiest voices in rock history.

    November 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mmmmmmmmmmm

    i love throwing love strong..it makes me wild.

    November 10, 2012 at 2:48 am | Report abuse |
  13. White

    I recommend, "Baby Don't Throw Your love On Me So Strong" a blues song by Al Cooper, on organ.

    November 9, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pat

    These Dreams by Heart
    Still by Commodores

    November 9, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. NEEDTODANCE--HELLOOOOOOOOO

    How about "SLOWJAM" by midgeanna--how man hints does one need to throw here...

    November 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Deloris Harper

    God Blessed our Love , By Al Green

    November 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Frank Tillery

    Norman Connors: You are my starship!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  18. jannette from LA

    "Beautiful" by Gordon Lightfoot, or better yet "Super Freak" by Rick James. That oughta get things movin'.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  19. TMJ

    Al Green's Simply Beautiful is a lovely choice. He can sing that in her ear while he's "making his moves".

    November 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chastiexy

    Lenny Williams "I love you." A romantic classic!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Elma

    Gangnam Style!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ac

    Shania Twain your still the one

    November 9, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Anthony

    My suggestion? Grover Washington and Patti LaBelle's "The Best is Yet to Come".

    November 9, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  24. nvorr

    I'll Never Forget by K'Jon

    November 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. how about kiss

    i want to rock and roll all night

    November 9, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  26. C. Henry

    What about Have Sweet Dreams by Maysa a tune written as a tribute to President Obama.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Maim

    2 Live Crew – C'mon Babe

    November 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Rock

    Cheap Trick – She's Tight

    November 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Sunshine

    How about "Unchained Melody"

    November 9, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  30. I love what Mrs O was wearing...

    my style of dressing!

    November 9, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  31. Kwriter

    "Very Special" by Eloise Laws

    November 9, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  32. be happy and clueless

    don't worry be happy (like he has done the last 4 years while our economy has gone down the toilet)

    November 9, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  33. i'm gonna pump when its love

    on the way to work...great song

    November 9, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  34. Van Halen

    how do i know when its love

    November 9, 2012 at 6:02 am | Report abuse |
  35. Retired 1SG

    Al Green (still in love with you) needs to be the song of the evening.

    November 9, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  36. freya

    I still love All Greens " Let's stay together" siiiighhhh

    November 9, 2012 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      That's the one I was thinking about! That other Michelle is a lucky lady!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  37. king seux

    primoooo

    November 9, 2012 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
  38. haaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    what are you watching on tv tonight?

    November 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Adamsm0m

    Simply Beautiful by Queen Latifah and Al Green represents the beauty of the President and the First Lady as a couple.

    November 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  40. susan morrison-vega

    "A Song for You" by Donny Hathaway, Whitney Houston, Ray Charles, Elliott Yamin. Gorgeous melody and wonderful lyrics.

    November 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  41. chiip

    Robert Flack "Be Real Black for me" or "First time ever I saw your far" anything but PLEASE enough with Beyonce and Jay Z

    November 8, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Fred

    Ribbon In The Sky by Stevie Wonder ... this is obvious. The greatest song ever recorded.

    November 8, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Debra

    Luther Van Dross_So Amazing

    November 8, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Imfeklar

    On the Wings of Love – Jeffery Osborne
    Your Song – Elton John
    Red Light Special – TLC (ok, not appropriate but people would talk lol)

    November 8, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Football Night!!!!!!!--See you as fast as i can.

    it ruined its whole day...we were having fun and it ruined it for itself again.
    abusing people is a no no–we must refer to the bible when we are bad.

    November 8, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Candace

    So Amazing by Luther Vandross

    November 8, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Blaze

    Yearning for your love ~ The GAP Band!!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Rose1025

    United Together- by Aretha Franklin

    November 8, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  49. DoBoy

    Shalamar – The Second Time Around

    November 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  50. i'm bringing exy back...justin timberlake

    -

    November 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Gloria Mooney

    How about, "Endless Love" or "Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now"

    November 8, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Joe V. Dillulo

    He is a Dope, yet we elected him!

    November 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guess Who!!!

      You must be a Republician, you guys are such sore LOSERS!!!!!

      November 8, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rhiannon

      Yeah, Guesswho, this from a democrat – the party that demands recalls and vote counts when they don't get their baby thumb sucking way!

      November 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Sharna Handel

    Obama is clueless, yet he is a decent man.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Mike Wilensky

    four more years of a Kind Idiot!

    Why cannot Elliot Spitzer be president?

    November 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Claude Boni

    Robert Toll is America's Builder.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Scot Holland

    Samuel Piileggi was a memeber of of Abington High School class of 1976; notwithstanding his convictions for raping
    three women, he paid his debt to society. Sam, should be included in the Renions for our class.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  57. kris

    Somewhere with you by Kenny Chesney.........

    November 8, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Felix Clauss

    the split-level home will comeback.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Janet Belmont

    Bruce Tolll could solve the housing problems in america.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  60. stayin alive - bee gees

    -

    November 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Linda

    'Cause I Love You by Lenny Williams. This is the perfect song for the perfect couple.

    November 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Kim

    No brainer...."Reasons" EW&F

    November 8, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Peach

    How about Welcome to the Jungle – G N R!!!!!!!!!!

    November 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Dave

    Hoagy Carmichael..."Stardust"

    November 8, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Mary Kay

    The Al Green song is called "Let's Stay Together" and the words are "I am SO in love you you" but I do think it would be a pretty good choice.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary Kay

      Sorry, "I am so in love WITH you" – oops!

      November 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • marsilius

      President Obama has sung the Al Green song "Let's Stay Together." It is suggested above, however, that perhaps the best song, overall, for being played and danced to in this context would be a different Al Green song– "I'm Still in Love with You."

      November 8, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Maury

    Glady's Knight....Let's Do It Again.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Ruth

    overjoyed by stevie wonder

    November 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Completely Agree!!

    He is definately in need of a "slow" jam...

    November 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  69. she is also duplicating blogs

    -

    November 8, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  70. she's in company information

    -

    November 8, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  71. bggirlz44

    i think when a man loves a woman would be perfect

    November 8, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  72. Try making H0liday baskets for extra money

    the "rich" are doing that nowadays

    November 8, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  73. Christine

    Sara Evans...."I Could Not Ask for More"

    November 8, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      If memory serves me right Sara Evans was "disappointed" with the results of the election.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Rock

    How about 'Hot Chocolate' and the song "I believe in miracles'?

    November 8, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  75. Meh

    hey 0bama – Im tired of paying for your celebration concerts on my dime. You're already in office so you dont need another party so F-off and leave what little money I have left alone

    November 8, 2012 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • stormeagle

      Every President has an inauguration ball and dance. Even Republicans. No use trying to blame Obama for that too.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • @stormeagle

      Isn't it amazing how uninformed the right is? Pretty sad, huh?

      November 8, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Meh

      Thank you for your input – now f-off

      November 8, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • @Meh

      What, does the truth hurt? Again I say, before you shoot your uneducated mouth off, do some research.

      November 8, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Leonard Edelen

      Another sore loser! LOL

      November 8, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lee

      I felt the same way when Georgie won his second term but he did it anyway.

      November 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Emily

      Well you're posting on a weekday morning... so maybe get to work instead of complaining about something every President does regardless of party, and then perhaps you can resolve your OWN money issues.

      November 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guess Who!!!

      Just suck it up, sit back and enjoy the ride!!!

      November 8, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bella

      Did you say something like that to Bush when he's the President? Or its ok for him to screw up because he's Repub.
      What a duch bag, you and Donald Trump will be good together.

      November 8, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Three

    Is she working?

    November 8, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  77. m. wilson

    Girl u know I love ,and there is nothing in this world I whould not do for u

    November 8, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  78. Has Nothing

    cant control him either

    November 8, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  79. Bible Thumpa--

    number#1 pig –

    November 8, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  80. AngelButterfly

    'FOREVER AND ALWAYS' by Heat Wave.

    November 8, 2012 at 3:03 am | Report abuse |
  81. Lori Williams

    *The Mama's & The Papa's sang, "Dream a Little Dream of Me," but I swear I heard a rendition by one of the great male soul artists.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  82. Lori Williams

    Will someone please hire a copy editor? It's "tough" choice not "touch" choice (paragraph 4). In the days of spell check, no one proofreads anymore. – As for a song, President Obama seems to enjoy classic soul, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding or Marvin Gaye...one of them sang, "Dream A Little Dream Of Me." A rendition of that song by a new artist would be nice.

    November 8, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  83. Sokman

    LTD's "Where Did We Go Wrong", because that's what everyone who voted for Nobama will be crying when you realize what you did to this once-great country. What am I saying, you'll just keep blaming Bush

    November 8, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  84. margot

    So Amazing, a Luther Vandross cover.

    November 7, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Bro Man

    I'll be a "jigg"and me and my white girl dance all night after our COMMANDER and CHIEF won again!deuces.

    November 7, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Traci J

    FOREVER FOR ALWAYS FOR LOVE-LALAH HATHAWAY

    November 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  87. JEHSEA

    "When A Man Loves A Woman". Period.

    November 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  88. dotheflippin'math

    To the religious and racist whacko's: Obama spent most of his life in America. John Cain probably spent more time abroad than Barack. All racists are losers, just like Trump. See where his big fat squirrel-covered head has gotten him? Numerous divorces and bankruptcies, and lately he has become a complete laughingstock. Your kind will be left behind as the world moves forwards. Either embrace diversity, or go hide in a log cabin PRAYING for this world you can't accept to go away. Whites are becoming the minority in this country. Pretty soon, you won't be able to shoot off your racist mouths without someone shooting off your racist mouths. PEACE!

    November 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  89. xx

    Frank ocean thinking of you, not a classic but very new and smooth

    November 7, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Santa

      I love Christmas songs myself. Especially the one about Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. It is a friendly and happy song about a brave little deer that overcomes obstacles to become the greatest reindeer of all. He is a good reindeer.

      November 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  90. they are automatically connected to her network

    steve - which one?

    November 7, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  91. AuntieMame2

    Definitely go old school. How about a little Luther? Or Teddy ? Can't go wrong there.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  92. idea

    How about skip the inaugural events and put the money towards the deficit instead. Put your money where your mouth is.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Stephanie

    Something that celebrates keeping 4 more years of soul in the White House.

    November 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Deb

    Obama should sing "sympathy for the devil" and wear a devil costume. It would rule, plus scare all the Repubs. It would be great.

    November 7, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leonard Edelen

      Another sore loser! LOL go lick your wounds, it's over Money Mitt lost! OBAMA2012!!!!!

      November 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |

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