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Battle of the crooning presidential candidates?

Gov. Mitt Romney sings "America The Beautiful" at a campaign stop. AP photo

Gov. Mitt Romney sings "America The Beautiful" at a campaign stop. AP photo

Enough with the high-minded oratory and cerebral discussion. It’s time to knock the heretofore erudite presidential campaign down a notch.

To the “American Idol” level.

President Barack Obama thrilled a fundraising audience not long ago by breaking into song. The president did a nice rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” during an appearance at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, although left-leaning New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd lamented that it was all too brief. “For eight seconds, we saw the president we had craved for three years: cool, joyous, funny, connected,” she wrote in this column.

Here is a link to the video.

President Barack Obama sings a few bars of "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser. AP photo

President Barack Obama sings a few bars of "Let's Stay Together" at a fundraiser. AP photo

Not to be outdone, here comes Gov. Mitt Romney, hoping to replace Obama as Crooner in Chief. He performed an entire verse of “America the Beautiful” during a campaign stop in Florida.

Here is a link to that video.

Romney’s fellow GOP hopeful, Newt Gingrich, hasn’t been singing on the campaign trail (that we know of) but has made musical headlines of his own. He’s being sued by the composer of “Eye of the Tiger,” who wants him to stop playing it at rallies and public events. Here is a link to that story. (Perhaps it is time for an original campaign ditty. “Eye of Newt,” maybe?)

And erstwhile candidate Herman Cain was a big fan of singing, of course. Here he is singing a hymn at the National Press Club. And here he is all frocked out in a choir robe, singing “Imagine There’s No Pizza.”

We’re beginning to wonder if Ryan Seacrest should moderate the next debate.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

3 comments Add your comment

Stonethrower

January 31st, 2012
11:34 am

Let the games begin!

Frank Furter

January 31st, 2012
2:46 pm

Vince

January 31st, 2012
4:51 pm

Who gives a flying F—?