Obama sings at White House blues celebration - see the video

It's his party, and he'll sing if he wants to.

It's his party, and he'll sing if he wants to.

In a clip released by the President and taken from a special due to air Feb. 27 on PBS, Obama is seen taking the microphone in front of an band that includes B.B. King, Mick Jagger and Buddy Guy, among many other blues (and blues-influenced rock) luminaries.

"We were trying to get you to sing that," Guy says in the clip, which can be seen below. "Because I heard you had sung Al Green, so you started something so you gotta keep it up!"

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After the President sings a couple of the song's lines extolling the virtues of getting back to his home city, he hands the microphone back to King, who sings "Back to that same old place," then proffers the mic back to the Most Powerful Man in the World, who gives it one final "sweet home Chicago" before departing to a raucous ovation and letting the band wrap up the song.

"Sweet Home Chicago" was first recorded by Robert Johnson in 1937. The song is considered one of the early models for the traditional twelve-bar blues form.

"In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues" will air Feb, 27 at 9 p.m. ET on PBS. The performance celebrates one of America's home-grown musical art forms while also paying homage to Black History Month.

 

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