The President Is Singing Again! (open thread)

He’s actually pretty good too:

[H/T: BuzzFeed]

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  1. 1
    c u n d gulag says:

    I hear that Icky Sticky Ricky can do a mean medley of the following songs:
    “Good Morning Jesus.”
    “Peace in My Heart.”
    “My Guardian Angel.”
    “Angel of God.”
    “Holy, Holy Water.”
    “My Special Friend.”
    “Hail Mary.”

    And “Having My Baby.”

  2. 2
    barath says:

    I’m looking forward to Romney doing a rendition of Look At The Height Of These Trees set to Stayin’ Alive.

  3. 3
    c u n d gulag says:

    @barath:
    I bet Mitt can do a mean-ass version of Joni Mitchell’s great song, “Big Yellow Taxi.”

    And he’ll get especially weepy when he sings this part:
    ‘They took all the trees
    And put them in a tree museum

    Then they charged the people
    A dollar-and-a-half just to see ’em.’

    “A dollar-and-a-half? Hell, fire the people who came up with that amount! $50 bucks, at least!”

  4. 4
    barath says:

    @c u n d gulag:

    “A dollar-and-a-half? Hell, fire the people who came up with that amount! $50 bucks, at least!”

    Except residents of Michigan – they’re free pre-primary. They have many nice lakes. That dot the landscape. Or so I hear.

  5. 5
    c u n d gulag says:

    @barath:
    And they have “Goldilocks” trees – not too short, not too tall, not too left – just RIGHT!

  6. 6
    barath says:

    @c u n d gulag:

    Heh.

    I wonder what he’d say if someone asked him at the town hall whether a corporation has a right to clearcut those trees. I think that might fry his circuitry.

  7. 7
    c u n d gulag says:

    @barath:
    No, I don’t think it will.
    After all, people can cut down trees, and corporations are people, so…
    Chop, chop!

    Oh, and no union or minimum wage labor people, either. Otherwise, one might get the impression that the corporate people are abusive and/or cheap – and we can’t hurt their feelings, now can we?

  8. 8
    Schlemizel says:

    @c u n d gulag:

    Funny, the only tune I can imagine him signing is,
    I don’t care if it rains or freezes long as I gots my plastic Jesus riding on the dashboard of my car.

    I don’t care if its dark n scarey long as I got magnetic Mary riding on the dashboard of my car

  9. 9

    He’s singing about how he plans to Alinsky the election away from hard working Koch-Americans on behalf of the 47% who don’t pay taxes.

  10. 10
    stratplayer says:

    More proof that the Republicans are once again grossly underestimating this man. He will make roadkill of a priggish, scolding little twit like Santorum in the general.

  11. 11
    arguingwithsignposts says:

    If we don’t reelect him, we didn’t deserve him in the first place.

  12. 12
    deep says:

    Can I just say…. Michelle is so hot.

    Barack is one lucky man.

  13. 13
    JPL says:

    @Clark Stooksbury: haha…those lucky duckies who earn thirty thousand while supporting a family. They’d pay taxes without that child care deduction. Maybe little Ricky will repeal that deduction.

  14. 14
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @deep:

    And vice versa.

  15. 15
    beltane says:

    To quote a commenter from another blog, “This sure beats the menstrual show the Republicans are putting on for us.”

    Yes, it sure does.

  16. 16
    harlana says:

    he’s holding back there – after the Al Green thing, I know our President could really tear this up if he let loose (!) but he’s trying to be all Presidential y’know

    also, too, don’t wanna sound “too black” and all

    but i’d love to see it, along with some moves :)

  17. 17
    Betty Cracker says:

    @beltane: “Menstrual show.” Heh.

  18. 18
    harlana says:

    and, yeh, let Michele get in on the groove! with the most constipated, bitter, pasty-white, unimaginative, uptight and malevolent beings driving the republican nom process, this country sure could use a nice, comforting dose of soul about now.

  19. 19
    harlana says:

    @Betty Cracker: i like it, too – although it’s a bit insulting to periods as whole

  20. 20
    LGRooney says:

    He can hit the notes and clearly there’s a reason Michelle loves him but, umm, don’t quit the day job. Please, don’t quit the job!

  21. 21
    LGRooney says:

    I’ll call it another Watergate! Did he pay for the rights to sing that song since he is clearly doing it for the money (raising). Investigations now, investigations forever (or at least as long as there’s a D in the WH)!

  22. 22
    harlana says:

    @LGRooney: again, i think he lets loose at home, Michele says he has a beautiful voice and sings to her – home is where you can feel most comfortable in your skin and relax without the inhibiting factor of cameras and tape recorders;

    and again, he is holding back because (a) doesn’t want to appear “too black” (b) he cannot give too much love for Chicago since it will only give the right-wing more fodder, which he has the good sense enough to avoid.

  23. 23
    harlana says:

    anybody hear Obama’s “so in love with you” overlaid onto Al Green’s version? – you can barely discern Green’s voice from Obama’s – Green got it right. Mr. President, you nailed it.

    ok, starting to get all “oogy” – i’ll stop know

  24. 24
    amk says:

    @Betty Cracker: Yup. Minstrel vs menstrual shows.

  25. 25
    harlana says:

    @deep: i’d make Callista comparisons, but that would be just too easy.

  26. 26
    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds nterest in the Republican presidential race is slipping: Just 40% of Republicans say they have a great deal of interest in following the contest, compared with 48% in December.

    Key findings: Only 23% are strongly satisfied with the field and 40% said they are dissatisfied with the candidates running.

    Tragic (cough). For John McCain. No mo good news for you, wingnut.

  27. 27
    gogol's wife says:

    @arguingwithsignposts:

    Amen. Have we ever had a better president? Not in my lifetime (and that’s saying something).

  28. 28
    aimai says:

    @harlana:

    I have it as my ringtone for when my husband calls me. Holy fucking hell that clip of Obama singing is the coolest thing since the last cool thing he did.

    also, too, menstrual show.

    aimai

  29. 29
    LGRooney says:

    Anyone else get the feeling that Santorum is playing his role to perfection?

    “Look at me, I’m crazy, right-wing headcase guy here to stroke your id!”

    He’s ginning up the lunatics so the rest of the GOP will say, okay, we really don’t want that.

    “Yes, Romney is boring and staid and lacking any charisma whatsoever but we’ll take that over these wackos. Now, let’s get in line!”

    Or am I late to this line of thinking?

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  31. 31
    shortstop says:

    Um, no, he couldn’t hit the notes. He was nowhere near the key.

    Doesn’t make me like him any less or smile less widely while watching it.

  32. 32
    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) “is backing off his unconditional support for a bill requiring women to have an ultrasound before an abortion,” the Washington Post reports.

    Lawmakers and the governor’s staff were scheduled to meet in an effort to “strike a compromise after learning that some ultrasounds could be more invasive than first thought… Many of the bill’s supporters were apparently unaware of how invasive the procedure could be.”

    that some ultrasounds could be more invasive than first thought…

    No shit sherlock. Right Wing Politicians fall off turnip truck

    Land in Vaginatown,

    Run for lives.

  33. 33
    gogol's wife says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):

    When a close relative told me that Meghan McCain said on TV last night that the probe would “penetrate beyond politics,” I knew it was over.

  34. 34
    harlana says:

    and he can dance! imagine Santorum OR Romney trying to dance. ok, now go and think about something else, like cute bunnies, quickly!

    more Al Green: “i can dance! dance dance dance dance dance!”

  35. 35
    Smiling Mortician says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): 23. It’s the new 27.

  36. 36
    amk says:

    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero): dumb fucks or liars. Me thinks latter.

  37. 37
    hitchhiker says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    I laughed out loud when she said that to Rachel last night . . . a very penetrating observation.

    Rachel did a long bit about the governor of VA and his plans to become the R VP candidate, and how this particular bill just might not be something he wants to sign right now. Apparently his thoughts were running in the same direction.

  38. 38
    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:

    @amk:

    That would be my choice

    edit – along with a big dose of the former

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  40. 40
    patrick II says:

    Yeah….so what. He still can’t bowl.

  41. 41
    artem1s says:

    I heart my President. And to think after 8 years of Shrub I was merely satisfied to have someone in the WH who wasn’t an embarrassment to the human race. The modern GOP=how low can your expectations go.

  42. 42
    Mnemosyne says:

    Heh. This reminds me of G’s cousin’s wedding this summer, where somehow a family tradition has evolved where two of the men in the family get up and lip-sync to the Blues Brothers version of “Sweet Home Chicago.” This is apparently something that was first done at our reception, but I have no memory of it. (His side of the family is far more capable of celebrating late into the night than I am, so we may have already been in bed by that point.)

    It was especially cute because it was the groom and one of his new uncles-in-law doing the routine. I guess you know for sure that you’ve been absorbed into your new family’s borg when they make you lip-sync with them.

  43. 43
    flukebucket says:

    @aimai:

    Ha! I have it as the ringtone when my wife calls and it is the sweetest sound ever heard while standing in line at a Dollar General store in one of the reddest counties in Georgia. An old, fat, white guy with the first ever African-American President singing in his pocket. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  44. 44
    satby says:

    Best song ever about the best city ever, sung by (maybe not the but damn close to) best Pres ever!!

  45. 45
    Mnemosyne says:

    @shortstop:

    I think the unspoken caveat is that he’s pretty good for a president. I doubt he’s going to be cutting any albums after he leaves the White House (though I hear you can do miracles with autotune these days).

    He’s a better singer than Romney, at least.

    ETA: Yes, I just wanted another excuse to post that terrifying Romney video.

  46. 46

    God damn, I love this guy. Viscerally. Call me an Obot, I plead guilty.

  47. 47
    Thor Heyerdahl says:

    This version http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhO1DnNKYbo is better – Buddy Guy encourages him into singing with the comment,

    “I heard you singing Al Green, so you’ve started something, you’ve got to keep it up now”

  48. 48
    shortstop says:

    @Mnemosyne: I like him better this way–a charmingly flawed voice. If he had perfect pitch, we’d be hearing about how he got affirmative-action musical training or used a lyrics teleprompter or some similar crap.

  49. 49
    decitect says:

    The problem with the GOP is they’ll never truly understand exceptionalism in the way Pres. Obama practices/lives it. Same with the Pro-Left, in a way. His singing episodes show you can be President and be human. GWB started this downhill slide to milquetoast, “businessmen/CEO”-style technocrats. Life in America can be hard, but it should also be fun. The beauty of spirituals, R&B, rock, soul and hip-hop is that they come from a deep oppression yet the spirit shines through*. President Obama just exemplifyies the better being in all of us.

    “Jesus, take the wheel”? puhleeeze.

    *of course, not every song is good…

  50. 50
    mdblanche says:

    @barath: After his latest blown circuit, I think we’re closer than ever to hearing Rombot’s rallentando version of “A Bicycle Built for Two.”

  51. 51
    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @shortstop:

    Doesn’t make me like him any less or smile less widely while watching it.

    He’s such a goddamned nerd. And enjoying it immensely.

  52. 52
    Tom Ames says:

    I wonder if he’d do “Let the Eagle Soar,” if enough people asked nicely.

  53. 53
    Billy Beane says:

    @beltane: We will see him tear it up….after the election.

  54. 54
    Patricia Kayden says:

    So what? Romney can sing too!

  55. 55
    Lex says:

    Well, he wasn’t that good, but he was pretty good. OTOH, with that band behind me, even I could sound good.

    Also, too: Nobody leaves this place without singing the blues.

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