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Obama jokes of a tour with Al Green

Published 17/02/2012 | 04:53

Barack Obama has joked about going on tour with Al Green after singing one of his songs (AP)
Barack Obama has joked about going on tour with Al Green after singing one of his songs (AP)

President Barack Obama has been joined by soul singer Reverend Al Green at a Democratic fundraiser, a month after the president launched into a brief, impromptu version of his hit Let's Stay Together at New York's Apollo Theatre.

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Obama thanked Green, prompting a member of the audience to shout "Give us a verse!" The president declined to sing this time, telling about 70 campaign donors that he "took a chance at the Apollo and I'm not going to take a chance again".

"After re-election I might go on tour with the good reverend - be his opening act," Obama said. But he warned, "I don't want to lose any further votes because of my singing voice."

Obama's crooning - starting with the vibrato "I'' and finishing up with the line "so in love with you" - quickly went viral on the Internet following the New York City fundraiser. His campaign released a ring tone of the president's turn as a soul singer.

Prior to the president's remarks on Thursday, Green was overheard singing his classic song at the fundraiser in San Francisco's Pacific Heights neighbourhood.

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