No, not the “House Congressional Republicans Blues,” the actual blues. As in, he joined blues legend B. B. King and Mick Jagger onstage for maybe a bar and a half of the extremely appropriate “Sweet Home Chicago” (watch closely–looks like young dog Gary Clark, Jr. was among the assembled greats, swangin’ axe behind the prez like Geo. Washington chopping up a cherry tree). Then he said “I’m the leader of the free world” and dropped the mic on Jagger’s foot. Not really, but he did make kind of a dramatic exit.
In my mind, this is only acceptable for two reasons: 1) things are not terrible ie our foreign wars are finally winding down and the economy appears to be waking up from a coma–or at least wiggling its toes. If he pulled this shit while the oil spill in the gulf or something was happening, that’s a wrap. 2) He was kind of drafted by B. B. King, who apparently caught feelings that the President sang Al Green‘s song and not his. Which gives me hope that this is not going to become a regular occurence. In related news, Obama dropped an official President’s Day mixtape with Mick Boogie & Terry Urban and set a third quarter (early November) date for his full-length LP. OK, not really. But kind of.
This clip was recorded last night, February 21st at Blues Night at the White House. The full concert will be broadcast on PBS on February 27th.