Obama sings ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ at blues concert

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 8:47 EDT
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President Barack Obama sings "Sweet Home, Chicago" on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. Screengrab via YouTube.
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At the prompting of musician Mick Jagger, President Barack Obama took center stage at a White House concert on Tuesday night, seizing the mic and crooning with the best of them to the tune “Sweet Home Chicago,” putting on display a singing voice that’s only been heard in public once before.

But it wasn’t until the very end of Tuesday’s Black History Month celebration and concert to honor 86-year-old blues artist B.B. King that the president graced the stage, seeming like he wasn’t prepared for his second musical interlude this year.

But he just couldn’t say no to Jagger and blues rocker Buddy Guy, who suggested that Obama’s recent rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” was worthy and prodding him to “keep it up.”

This video is from CBS This Morning, published Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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