February 22nd, 2012
06:58 AM ET

Obama adds his voice to White House blues jam

After a night of blues music in the East Room, President Obama joined some rock and blues legends in a rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago." CNN Wires has the story:

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama complained Tuesday that he doesn't get out much. Then he noted he doesn't have to when B.B. King and Mick Jagger come to play a concert at his house.

The blues and rock legends were at the White House for a PBS performance series in the East Room honoring the history of blues music. A lineup of top blues performers past and present offered a selection of standards that displayed all the raw elements of a distinctly American musical genre originating from the days of slavery.

Obama even got in the act. When goaded by blues giant Buddy Guy, he sang a verse of the rollicking finale "Sweet Home Chicago."

Earlier, Obama described the genre as a form of oral history that bore witness to the struggles of African-Americans.

"The blues reminds us that we've been through tougher times before," Obama said. "That's why I'm proud to have these artists here not just as a fan but also as the president because their music teaches us that when we find ourselves at a crossroads, we don't shy away from our problems. We own them. We face up to them. We deal with them. We sing about them. We turn them into art. And even as we face the challenges of today we imagine a brighter tomorrow."

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Topics: East Room • President Obama

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. David

    Who pays for Mick Jagger and the gang to play at the White House? Great that Michelle could spare the time to get back from her skiiing vacation. Let them eat cake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 22, 2012 at 7:02 am |
  2. acdcguy

    "President Barack Obama complained Tuesday that he doesn't get out much. ".....that's funny right there, don't care who you are!!!

    February 22, 2012 at 7:49 am |
  3. Chris

    And Nero fiddled while Rome burned...

    Hey Mr. President, why don't you knock off the song routine and do something about America becoming a third world toilet?

    February 22, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  4. acdcguy

    leftwing liberal nutbags, where are ya today ???? no comments ?? Understand, stick your head in the sand when you know he's in the wrong!!!

    February 22, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  5. Joi Gibson

    There is nothing wrong with having this concert. Unlike some folks, this president is capable of walking and talking and thinking at the same time. He can conduct business even while making jokes. Correspondents' Dinner – anybody remember that? I say go head Mr. President. Do you thing!!!


    February 28, 2012 at 11:39 am |