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By Sowmya Krishnamurthy
President Barack Obama pulled out some unexpected singing chops during a fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in New York City on Thursday night (January 19). The President belted out a line of Rev. Al Green’s soul staple “Let’s Stay Together”–Rev. Al Green was also in the audience–and joked about not being ushered off stage by the notorious Apollo Theater Sandman. “Don’t worry Rev I cannot sing like you, but I just wanted to show my appreciation”, the President said lightheartedly. Can a sing-off against Mitt Romney be that far off?
Earlier in the evening, Obama kept the fundraising alive by noshing at an intimate dinner of 45 guests at director Spike Lee and his wife Tonya Lee Lewis’ home. The $35,800 per ticket dinner included notables Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon and former Knicks player Allan Houston. Spike Lee tweeted a photo of himself with the P.O.T.U.S. writing, “President Obama Is A Huge Bulls And Jordan Fan. Here He Holds His Gift Of Spizikes From MJ Himself.YO” Lee has been a seminal part of the President’s life apparently. Obama reportedly told guests that he took wife Michelle to see the director’s movie “Do the Right Thing” on their first date. Lee responded “Good thing you didn’t choose ‘Driving Miss Daisy’!” The fundraiser brought in an impressive $1.5 million.
(Spike Lee and President Obama)
Obama has always been high on star power. Last month, he hosted Justin Beiber, Cee Lo Green, the Band Perry and Jennifer Hudson at the 30th Annual Christmas in Washington concert. During the event, a number of Christmas classics like “This Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Let It Snow” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” were performed. The night ended with all of the performers, as well as the Obamas and host Conan O’Brien, taking the stage for “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”