Obama wasn't worried about hitting Al Green high notes
April 25th, 2012
06:03 PM ET

Obama wasn't worried about hitting Al Green high notes

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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  1. beware

    politics is a game of ping-pong the Illuminati play with our lives. nothing important changes, they just make it seem that way so we won't look behind the curtain and find the wizard.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. wow

    @katahdin- you are 100% correct. I've never understood why anyone in the middle or poorer class would ever vote republican. Their policies only benefit the rich. They don't give a crap about the rest of us.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. katahdin

    The economy is growing, unemployment is down, taxes are the lowest they've been since the 50s, Bin Laden is fish food, the Iraq war is over, and we're respected in the world again.
    It's a mystery why some people want to exchange that for Richie Rich and his policies for the rich. Businessmen make terrible presidents. George Bush was a president.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. kirk

    Doesnt matter dem or repub, they dont work for me, never will, watch a video called zeitgiest, very enlightening,

    April 26, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. kirk

    Our current sittuation is not obamas fault, but hes not my pick, just honestly scared of the republican tac, now they want to let corporations who sent our jobs out of u.s., without putting tariffs on, with the promise of taxing their profits, now they want to let them go untaxed? excuse me but i thought we were broke and relied on taxes for revenue, to run the government, guess where they will wind up getting it, by cutting services to those who pay their salary, great isnt it, where is the sustainability in that, and say social security is insustainable, B.S. , easy to pass laws that dont effect you, they need skin in the game too.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JuneCleaversBeaver

      Yes it is all the republican's fault.
      My you are a clueless dope aren't you?

      April 26, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Raq

    Wow!! All the cynicysm over an article about the president singing Al Green. I thought it was in the Entertainment section of CNN not the politics section. Just goes to show people expected magic to happen when Obama took office, after 8yrs of huge deficits that didn't have to be bcuz Clinton left the White House with a balanced budget & 3Trillion surplus of money that got sucked into finding weapons of MD that were never found. But not one of you are upset about that. WOW!

    April 26, 2012 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. kirk

    Not just obama, all politicians are the same, have we had a savior yet? they all promise, yet no Moses. Ourpolitical system needs an enuema(?). public schools,sorry, but thats just it, you need not be educated or intelligent, just informed, we are truly fuked, thats a given, i dont want republicans in charge, ive worked since 16, and wuold appreciate a social security check, as i certainly have paid my share

    April 26, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. warren

    jealous losers

    April 26, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. joi Gibson


    April 26, 2012 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  10. http://optima-moving.com


    April 26, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. everyone's talking points

    I'm not really thrilled with romney, but I would rather have an experienced business man than a socialist community organizer in the white house right now.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. everyone's talking points

    I am not a Republican nor am I a Democrat. I am sick of ALL the people in DC who lie and cheat to keep their cushy jobs and perks while us regular people pay the price. in his own words obama said if unemployment is over 8% at election time, he doesn't deserve a 2nd term. time's up.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. everyone's talking points

    since obama took office:
    1) unemployment is up
    2) economic growth is down
    3) defecit quadrupled
    4) taxes are increasing

    April 25, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sabinabarnes

    Attention all you obama haters, you havent seen nothing yet.obama rocks.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ral

      Great Obama can rock all he wants soon as he Loses his day job In November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Hav ehim sing

      April 26, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ral

      Great Obama can rock all he wants soon as he Loses his day job In November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Have him sing HAPPY DAYS AREW HERE AGAIN as he exits the White House in January too.........

      April 26, 2012 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Red Foreman

    the prez can hit those high notes cuz jesse jackson snipped him like he promised.

    April 25, 2012 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
  16. HG

    You are just jealous that the Pres has a pretty good voice. Did you enjoy Mitt's rendition of America the Beautiful? His voice is as good as his policies. He's a pretty good flip flopper, though.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • RaL

      squeeling I I I isn't excatly a Kodac momment you'd thing he actually finished a line

      April 26, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • RaL

      squeeling I I I isn't excatly a Kodac momment you'd thing he actually finished a line of of the song
      An AL Green he is NOT!

      April 26, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  17. Red Foreman

    it just shows he will do ANYTHING to get our attention off the economy, the defecit and the unemployment rate. Chicago politics as usual.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • danielwalldammit

      Republican talking points as usual.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou Cypher

      if it's not about the economy, the growing defecit, and unemployment, what is it about? The fact that he promised transparency, then fails to be transparent and up front about things, or the fact that he picked tax cheats and Chicago crooks to staff his cabinet? Any logical thinking person can see this is the worst president in history. He has soiled the office of president and is not worry of a second term.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  18. danielwalldammit

    I'm just waiting for someone to explain how this event signals the beginning of death camps, mind control, and the deliberate subversion of our national economy.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |

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