President Obama Sings Al Green

Showed off the presidential pipes at fundraiser

Friday, Jan 20, 2012  |  Updated 10:18 AM EDT
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President Obama broke into song at a fundraiser at the famous Apollo Theatre on Thursday night.

President Obama broke into song at a fundraiser at the famous Apollo Theatre on Thursday night.

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President Barack Obama took a brief and unexpected turn as an R&B singer at a New York fundraiser, crooning a line from an Al Green classic and then joking that he hadn't been ushered offstage.

It happened at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem late Thursday, when Obama stepped to the podium and veered from prepared remarks to thank Green for warming up the crowd.

Obama suddenly launched into "Let's Stay Together," warbling "I, I'm so in love with you" — complete with vibrato.

He stopped to laughter and applause, and remarked that his staff didn't believe he'd do it.

Then he noted that the Sandman hadn't come out — a reference to Sandman Sims, the tap dancer who chased unpopular acts offstage at the Apollo for decades.

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