President Obama Sings Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’ At Apollo:President Barack Obama pulled out some unexpected singing chops during a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in New York City on Thursday night (January 19). The President belted out a line of Rev. Al Green’s soul staple “Let’s Stay Together”–Rev. Al Green was also in the audience–and joked about not being ushered off stage by the notorious Apollo Theater Sandman. “Don’t worry Rev I cannot sing like you, but I just wanted to show my appreciation”, the President said lightheartedly. Can a sing-off against Mitt Romney be that far off?
Well, he’s no Condoleeza Rice. President Obama sang a little Al Green at a fundraiser held at Spike Lee’s house, E! News reports. After singing a little bit of “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green (who was in the audience), President Obama said, “I cannot sing like you, I just wanted to show my appreciation.” Check out the video:
President Obama can sing, and pretty well for that matter. He showed his appreciation for Al Green on Thursday by delivering lines from “Let’s stay together” at a fundraiser in Harlem’s Apollo Theater.The audience of 1,400 supporters, including legendary singer Al Green, went wild when Obama launched into a perfectly pitched rendition of the classic hit. ( Scroll down for videos)
I…..so in love with you” he sung with a sheepish shy smile. “Those guys didn’t think I would do it. I told you I was going to do it,” Obama said. “”The sandman did not come out. Don’t worry, Rev., I cannot sing like you, but I just wanted to show my appreciation.”
Al Green and India Arie also performed at the fundraiser, one of three events Obama attended on Thursday. Tickets for the events were priced between $100 -$200 but the president’s first fundraiser started at an Upper East Side dinery, with tickets at $500,000. According to Politico, the president raised at least $3.1 million for his reelection campaign through the events.
Some tweeted that the lyrics of Al Green’s “Let’s stay Together,” underscored the themed of the president’s reelection campaign.After surprising himself for actually following through with what may have been an innocent best the president stated,
“I told you I was going to do it! The Sandman did not come out!”Nope, no he didn’t. Watch Obama sing Al Green below.
Obama’s Al Green performance went viral, here’s how people reacted on Twitter:
Piers Morgan: This is AMAZING – and the single most brilliant thing I’ve ever seen any politician do: bit.ly/yIN01E #ObamasGotSoul
Anthony De Rosa: Guy actually has some pipes RT @BarackObama: In case you missed it: President Obama sang a little Al Green last night.OFA.BO/XsgQyv
Emily Bell: If I had a vote, I would be tempted vote for Obama on this alonebit.ly/xF5WTc - should challenge MittNewt to a sing-off
Sharon Carpenter: Who knew Pres. Obama could hold a note?? He sang a few bars of an Al Green song at the Apollo earlier. Not bad at all!
Keith Olbermann: I cringed when I heard about this…but, hey: great 8 [email protected] President Obama sings Al Green youtu.be/T-hDt2E8MoE
President Obama sings Al Green: Let’s stay together in 2012