President Obama’s campaigners have always had their finger on the pulse of America’s young people. Just check out that “wish list” of celebrities they hoped would publicly endorse and campaign on behalf of the POTUS; all of the cool kids are there, including Jay-Z, Vampire Weekend, Janelle Monáe, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, Jack Johnson, the Jonas Brothers, Mila Kunis, Blake Lively, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, the Roots, Wilco and Arcade Fire, among many others.
(We secretly suspect Obama’s hot young speechwriter Jon Favreau had something to do with the list. We know the president likes himself some Jay-Z and Wilco, but Favs strikes us more the Vampire Weekend/Arcade Fire/Jack Johnson type. Would you agree?)
So it should come as no surprise that they’re taking one of Obama’s most viral moments and transforming it into an even bigger boon to the campaign. Recently, the president decided to sing a bit of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” during a speech at New York’s Apollo Theater, and now the clip has been converted into a ringtone that is available on his website.
“President Obama was inspired to sing a bit of Al Green during a recent campaign stop at the Apollo Theater,” the site reads. “And now you can have his rendition of ’Let’s Stay Together’ as a ringtone.”
It’s a bit of genius, don’t you think?
For the record, president Obama earned high marks for his singing voice from “American Idol” associate music director and vocal coach Michael Orland, who told MTV News, “I swear to you, if he auditioned for me in the big stadium [rounds], I would have put him through to the producers immediately. I think he was really charming and had a great voice, and that’s all you can really tell in the a cappella rounds anyway. … I thought his phrasing was great, how he broke it up and really worked the room while he was doing it.”