President Barack Obama treated his guests to a brief vocal performance for the second time in a month, as he duetted with legendary musician Bb King at the White House Blues festival on Tuesday (February 21, 2012), reports the UK's Daily Telegraph.
The President was coerced into singing a few lines of 'Sweet Home Chicago' with King at the 'In Performance at the White House' event. Obama was initially reluctant to sing, and had to be persuaded by BB King's fellow musicians Buddy Guy and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Afterwards, Obama joked, "Some nights when you want to go out and just take a walk, clear your head, or jump into a car just to take a drive, you can't do it. Secret Service won't let you. And that's frustrating.But then there are other nights where B.B. King and Mick Jagger come over to your house to play for a concert. So I guess things even out a little bit". It's not the first time the President has serenaded the crowds, and he recently treated a packed auditorium at a Harlem fund-raising event to a couple of lines from Al Green's 'Let's Stay Together', while the legendary soul man watched from the stands. The YouTube video became an instant hit and has since been viewed over 5 million times. It seems the man who is likely to go up against Obama in the Presidential elections - Republican Mitt Romney - is also fond of a sing-song. He has belted out 'America the Beautiful' numerous times while on the campaign trail.
According to newspaper The Tennessean, Obama has already drawn up a list of musical stars whom he hopes will join his re-election campaign later this year. The list includes Jay Z and Alicia Keys as well as rockers Vampire Weekend and Canadian rockers ARCADE FIRE.