By Uptin Saiidi (@uptin)
At this rate, we might see an added concert element to President Obama’s re-election tour this year. Last night in the East Room of the White House, the Commander-In-Chief sang “Sweet Home Chicago” during a blues performance filming for PBS. “In Performance at the White House” will air on Monday night and is set to recognize Black History Month. The follow-up performance to “Let’s Stay Together” when he sung at a Harlem event, had the President singing the words, “Come on, baby don’t you want to go?”
Unlike his Harlem performance, where he stood behind a podium, the President was front and center with the microphone and laughed alongside First Lady Michelle Obama.
Mic Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck were among the attendees at the event
Buddy Guy prompted the singing after saying he’d heard the president sung part of Al Green recently and then told him, “You gotta keep it up.”
Once Jagger handed over the mic, Obama had no choice but to comply. And yet he didn’t seem to hold back.
According to the Associated Press, Obama reflected on what the blues genre meant to him saying, “This music speaks to something universal. No one goes through life without bothjoy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that, sometimes with just one lyric or one note.”