The crowd went wild at a January 19 New York fundraiser when President Barack Obama launched into a verse of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”
TakePart liked the Obama croon so much that contemplating it lead to deeper thoughts... What other songs should Obama cue up to serenade America?
‘War (What Is It Good For?)’ by Edwin Starr
Perhaps this Motown denunciation of war, “friend only to the undertaker,” was playing in Obama’s head during the October 21, 2011, press conference when he announced that all U.S. combat troops would be pulled out of Iraq by the end of the year.
‘The Times They Are a Changin’’ by Bob Dylan
The times they need to be a changin’, especially if Obama intends to keep at least one thing the same this November: his presidency.
‘Love and Happiness’ by Al Green
Obama already knocked “Let’s Stay Together” out of the park; so for the sake of national harmony, why not take a swing at another Al Green classic, “Love and Happiness”?
‘I Won’t Back Down’ by Tom Petty
Obama has been hit with criticism from all across the political spectrum. Maybe it’s time to take a page out of Tom Petty’s book.
‘At Last’ by Etta James
We would love to see Obama pay tribute to a fellow musical pioneer by dedicating a song to the recently deceased Matriarch of R&B.