President Obama's Sexy Al Green Croon, Plus Four Other Presidents That Won Over the Country With Music
Like him or hate him -- and God knows our commenters are divided -- but you can't deny President Obama's ability to speak. His 2012
President Obama in the studio working on a version of "Love and Hapiness" Campaign Kickoff State of the Union address on Tuesday night was yet another example of the man's public command, but to be honest, we couldn't really concentrate on what he was saying.
'Cause we really just wanted him to sing more.
Just last week, President Obama sang a brief snippet of Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser held at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem. The mini-performance landed him praise from Green himself, who said that Obama "nailed" his song, and copious eye rolls from the Fox News desk.
And the mainstream media? Well, they tried to stay unbiased by simply meeting the soundbite with a smirk and a head shake, as if to say "God-damn, that dude is charismatic."
Maybe all Obama has to do to get the country on his side is sing a few more hits. I tend to think the GS Boyz "Booty Dew" would have fit nicely into Tuesday's speech.
But Obama isn't the first president to use his sexy musical abilities to win over the American people. Here are a few presidents that moistened the country's nether regions with their musical panache in years past.
Thomas Jefferson was the very definition of a cultured man in his time. On top of being a president and founding father, he was a lifelong farmer, talented architect, bird watcher, and wine connoisseur. Basically, he was all of the things that George Costanza claimed to be. Plus, he learned the violin during his childhood. By 14, he was able to read and write music, and practiced up to three hours a day. He once wrote "Music is the passion of my heart," yet it's a passion he mostly kept private, except to win the affections of a young widow named Martha Skelton, who he later married in 1772.
>Bill Clinton is a charming guy. We don't need to tell you how far he took that charm, but the sensual sounds of his sax (I said SAX) on The Arsenio Hall Show in 1992 helped him work over the American public and eventually the Democratic presidential nomination landed right in his -- ahem -- lap.
When he wasn't paying people to break in to the Democratic National Committee headquarters, Nixon dabbled in the less devious act of songwriting. But he wasn't making rock 'n' roll like those smelly hippies. Instead, "Tricky Dick" dabbled in the world of piano concertos and squeeze box. If the whole "bad boy" persona didn't get you tingly in the pantaloons, his accordion skills were sure to get your mind reeling.
Warren G. Harding
"President Harding is a Rock Star," or at least that's what a musical lampoon by the same title claimed in 2008. Though, it's not far off. He allegedly had raucous, whiskey-fueled parties in the White House in the midst of Prohibition, loving on his lady friend in a closet not far from the Oval Office. Sounds pretty rock star to me. Here's the thing: He was a cornet player. And a pretty decent one, at that. His talents as part of the Citizens' Cornet Band won the group the third place, $200 prize at the Ohio State Band Festival. After that, the group bought some pretty sick new uniforms with the ca$h monay. Just kidding. Harding put it on credit. Seriously.