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BB King Sings ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ To Obama

From a swooning fan at Tiger Beat Magazine the Associated Press:

Obama joins Jagger, B.B. King, to belt out blues

By NANCY BENAC
February 22, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president just couldn’t say no: Mick Jagger held out a microphone almost by way of command, and soon Barack Obama was belting out the blues with the best of them.

The East Room of the White House was transformed into an intimate blues club on Tuesday night for a concert featuring blues all-stars of the past, present and future — and the president himself.

The surprise performance by Obama came at the end of the playlist when the blues ensemble was singing "Sweet Home Chicago," the blues anthem of Obama’s home town.

Buddy Guy prodded the president, saying he’d heard that the president sang part of an Al Green tune recently, and adding, "You gotta keep it up." Then Jagger handed over the mic, and Obama seemed compelled to comply.

"Come on, baby don’t you want to go," the president sang out twice, handing off the mic to B.B. King momentarily, and then taking it back to tack on "Sweet Home Chicago" at the end.

That was how Obama ended the night.

This was how he began it: Obama said sometimes there are downsides to being the president. You can’t just go for a walk, for example.

And then there are the times that more than make up for all those frustrations, he said, like Tuesday night, when Jagger, King, Jeff Beck and other musical giants came by the house to sing the blues.

"I guess things even out a little bit," Obama joked at the start of a rollicking East Room concert that was electrified by Jagger and the rest

Gosh, he feels sorry for himself. Maybe it’s been too long between vacations.

King, 86, arrived in a wheelchair but rose tall to kick off the night with a raucous "Let the Good Times Roll," quickly joined by other members of the ensemble. And he followed with "The Thrill is Gone."

A very appropriate selection.

The longtime Rolling Stones frontman delivered on "I Can’t Turn You Loose" and then teamed up with Beck on "Commit a Crime."

‘Commit A Crime’ was another inspired choice, especially in view of the fact that Mick Jagger actually attended the London School Of Economics, once upon a time.

Obama was clearly savoring the moment, closing his eyes at times and nodding his head as he lip-synced the words.

The president rose at the end to introduce the ensemble as the "White House Blues All-Stars" for the final song of the night, "Sweet Home Chicago."

"For Michelle and me," the president said, "there’s no blues like the song our artists have chosen to close with — the blues from our hometown."

A hometown that the Obamas find it remarkably easy to avoid, except of course for fundraisers.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “BB King Sings ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ To Obama”

  1. JohnMG

    I thought his hometown was in Kenya. Or was it Indonesia? Or Hawaii? This is all so confusing.

    I would grant him the privilege of a retirement home in Portsmouth NH or Vacaville or Leavenworth.

    The guy gives dog vomit a bad name.

    • He’s Asian. You know, born in Hawaii… Asian. I think he came to America on the intercontinental railroad by way of Austria. You know, where they speak Austrian. He should take the “All Stars” on a country-wide 57 state tour.

      They’d be great with sonngs like “Mannish Boy” by Muddy Waters, “I’m a King Bee” by Slim Harpo, “It’s my own Fault” by B.B. King, “I can’t be satisfied” by Muddy Waters, “Me and the Devil Blues” by Robert Johnson, ” ‘Taint Nobody’s Bizness If I Do” by Bessie Smith, and finish up with “Stone Crazy” by Buddy Guy. Maybe an encore if “The Thrill is Gone”, or “Everyday I Have The Blues” by B.B. King.

      cheers

    • canary

      No telling how many times he bowed whoooing the King of Saudi of Arabian behind closed doors on that visit he got the golden necklace. That necklace was so long you could tie someone up with it.

  2. GetBackJack

    Good to see thee 1%’s sticking together.

  3. Rusty Shackleford

    Jagger, B.B. King, Obama—

    Three people I never listen to.

  4. canary

    A follow up to Obama’s singing at a campaign event. No children at this event ?

    Obama & Michelle have great plans for their show biz careers. They will have security detail for the rest
    of their lives, but Obama will finally get his way when he tells them to stand back as he’s swarmed with
    people wanting his autograph. Or like OJ he can sit at a small desk and sign pics and sell them on ebay.

  5. BigOil

    Who was playing the fiddle?

    • canary

      Big Oil, the fiddle was used to sneak in ole Chicago’s primo(sp?) pot.

      Jagger brought in LA’s primo in a speaker. (Jay Z & Beyonce are too busy carrying and having a baby to visit the WH)

      A lot easier for Obama to sneak his old days into the White House, than to go visit and smuggle it back on AF1. Thus no kiddies allowed to view their true home culture event.

      No telling what dust was in that microphone Obama kept inhaled off as he handed it back and forth.

      Bush had tear up the carpet and get new chair when he moved into the WH after Clinton, and now the East room & secret rooms will have to have hazmat workers after Obama leaves.

  6. fallingpianos

    Obama rubbing it in while the rest of us are singing the blues because of his asinine policies.




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