Watch Obama Sing the Blues with B.B. King and Mick Jagger

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Feb. 22 2012 3:18 PM

Did You See This? Obama Sings the Blues

Still: Obama sings the blues

Last month we heard Obama sing a little R&B with Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and now he’s belting out the blues. That’s what the Leader of the Free World did at a taping for PBS’s “In Performance at the White House” series in Washington, D.C. last night. After repeated invitations from an all-star band that included the likes of B.B. King and Mick Jagger, Obama finally consented and grabbed the mic, splitting a verse of “Sweet Home Chicago” with King.

The President may have been hesitant at first, but he seems remarkably unintimidated about singing a duet with the King of the Blues. At the Harlem event where he sang some Al Green, Obama showcased a smooth falsetto, and here he slides nicely into some bluesy bends. If the 2012 election comes down to the candidates’ pipes, it should be no contest.

The PBS special is set to air Feb. 27.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate staff writer.