Feb. 24, 2016
Barack shakes his tail feather! Obama jumps on the microphone to sing alongside Usher during star-studded tribute to legendary singer Ray Charles During the Black History Month Celebration
In his opening remarks, Obama noted that Charles grew up in the segregated South, his early years colored by poverty and tragedy. 'He couldn't see us, but we couldn't take our eyes off of him,' the president said
President Barack Obama just couldn't stop himself from singing during a tribute to the late great singer-songwriter, Ray Charles.
Obama said that Charles' unmistakable 'singular sound' continues to influence generations of musicians. The president made sure to mention that he wasn't going to sing as he spoke about Charles.
'Over the past seven years, Michelle and I have set aside nights like this to celebrate the music that shaped America,' he said, adding that it had become one of their most-cherished traditions.
'I will not sing. But for our last one, it is fitting that we pay tribute to one of our favorites.'
Obama noted in his opening remarks that he wasn't going to sing, but immediately joined the call and response with Usher, Moore and he even took it upon himself to lead it toward the end
Usher led the call and response with the audience and President Obama, who is in front of him, gets on the gold microphone