In celebration of Black History Month, the White House held a musical celebration last night in the form of a blues concert featured stars of old and new. Guest stars included Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Mick Jagger, but who knew one of the singing highlights of the night would be the President himself? (Well, we all hoped he’d sing again, but didn’t know for sure.)
President Obama has done this before. Remember last month when he sang the Al Green classic, “Let’s Stay Together?” That small dabble in song is what prompted Buddy Guy to coax the president to the mic. Just after the President was getting ready to take Michelle’s hand and exit the party, Guy mentioned how the President had sang before and said, “You gotta keep it up.”
Minutes before, President Obama introduced the last song of night and spoke on the importance of music, particularly the blues:
“This music speaks to something universal. No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that, sometimes with just one lyric or one note. For Michelle and me, there’s no blues like the song our artists have chosen to close with – the blues from our hometown.”
After Guy’s encouragement, a smiling Obama was further prodded by Mick Jagger handing him the mic, and he managed to belt out a few lines, “Come on, baby don’t you want to go” then B.B. sang a line and Obama ended with “”sweet home Chicago”.
Watching these videos of Obama singing is like looking at those adorable puppy photos on Pinterest, brings me a minute or two of joy and instantly makes me smile. Of course, with election year in full swing, we (hopefully) might be seeing a lot more of the President’s performances.
If you want to catch the whole night of blues, the concert will be part of the “In Performance at the White House” series airing on PBS on Monday.
See the video of President Obama singing right here: