August 10th, 2007
05:37 PM ET
12 years ago

Can Obama sing?

Listen to Obama sing for Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo during his nationally syndicated radio show, "Piolin por la Manana," Friday Morning.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After the flak that presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton received earlier in the year when an open mic caught her less-than-stellar singing attempts, it's hard to believe chief rival Barack Obama would voluntarily try to sing publicly himself.

But the Illinois senator did just that Friday morning while a guest on Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo's syndicated radio show, "Piolin por la Manana."

"Piolin," an influential Mexican-America radio host in Southern California, reminded Obama that Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy had previously used the show to showcase his singing abilities.

"He was a very good singer," Obama said of the senior senator from Massachusetts.

Asked if Obama himself had a favorite song he would like to sing, the presidential frontrunner broke out into an admirable rendition of “Mexico Lindo y Querido,” a song by Latin pop artist Maria Jose Quintanilla. The song, which translates into "Beautiful and Beloved Mexico," is a popular song south of the border.

He only lasted a couple of verses, but the Illinois Democrat received applause from the host and others in the studio. The ever-humble Obama immediately admitted that the original singer was better than him.

"It sounds a lot better when she sings it," he said, to laughter.

But Obama's vocal abilities were better received than those of Clinton, who was caught singing the National Anthem last January a tad off key. The New York Democrat later pledged not to sing again during the remainder of her campaign.

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Lauren Kornreich

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. banjo.Atl.Ga

    Can we just stop to be republicans and democrats for a minute and look at the issues that really affect us as a nation and push for this issues to be in the front corner of our daily discourse.

    Obama 08...

    August 10, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  2. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    (I copied this because I think it applies, I hope the original poster, noted at the bottom, doesn't mind.

    So can I ask a question?
    How much experience does one get from being first lady? People and HRC’s campaign keep saying she has 35 years of experience. As first lady of Arkansas and the U.S, all I know they do is greet visitors and decorate the white house for christmas, make speeches and make public appearances and travel overseas to seem diplomatic.
    She hasn’t spent that much time in the senate. Wow… such hardcore experience. I’ll throw my support behnid the candidate who worked helping disadvantaged Americans on the ground directly, who did civil rights law, who taught constitutional law and who strongly believe in turning the page. This is what america needs, not superficial and artificially inflated experience which basically draws on the substanceless status quo if the establishment that invaded Iraq, did not catch Osama Bin Laden when Clinton had the chance to, did nothing about Rwanda, created a Nafta that secured Canadian and Mexican jobs more than it did American jobs and opportunities.
    Being a ceremonial figure in the white house doesn’t give you the experience you need. Avoiding specifics and hiding behind semantics doesn’t give you the credibility you need. Thats what Mrs. Clinton has done.
    I think people need to re-evaluate the so call experience of Sen. Clinton when compared to Obama’s.
    The Audacity of CNN’s clinton’s supposed inevitability is no matah against the Audacity of Hope.
    Posted By Eustace., New York, NY : August 7, 2007 4:49 pm

    August 10, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  3. Mrs. America

    I enjoyed Obama's singing and wish he would (could?) have sung more. The woman who sang a line right after him sounded like Ana Gabriel, though.

    August 11, 2007 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  4. Mark, Port Orchard Washington

    Refreshing. As a Republican supporter I applaude Obama's recent comments with the media "watching". We need more candor in this country from our so called leaders instead of all this pandering and trying not to say the wrong this. Heck, putting your self out there is what "Statesmen" do. When was the last time we had a Statesman lead this country anyway. Grow up America and applaud boldness to say and do the right thing. We are so distracted with reality shows while Rome burns. Let's take a closer look at those willing to speak out. And shame on Hilary and the rest tearing down Obama like wild animals at a feast just because he said what should be said, that if Masharif does not deal with the terrorists who attacked us and we know where they are, we will take them out. We would never have won WWII if we got pre-authorization to go after the bad guys. This PC would is killing us. I say God Bless Obama and anyone else willing to lay bare the truth.

    August 11, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    We know Hill can't sing, but can she move those hips and dance?

    August 11, 2007 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  6. RuthieM, PA

    MORE! MORE! MORE! I want to hear more singing from Obama!!!!

    August 12, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. Terri, Plantation,FL

    I am always amused by people who bring up the Hillary spin of 'experience', but I think Bill said it best when he debated Bush Sr.

    Clinton on Experience

    Clinton is as slick a politician as they come ..and if that's what you want, yet again, a slick politician that hits all the talking points they think you want to all means vote for Hillary. But when she speaks of experience, try not to forget that she not only voted for it but supported the Iraq war long into its occupation, changing her tune when the polls were so overwhelmingly against it. The fact that she is Bill's wife is why she is polling so highly .. as Hillary Brown/Smith/whatever, she'd be nowhere. But since she is playing the 'Bill' card so often, remember that Bill gave us NAFTA and the disgraceful do-nothing in Rwanda that allowed the kind of genocide she claims she cares about now in Darfur. (Perhaps Madelaine Albright should be reminded of HER experience there too!) Experience? hmm...3 counts where it didn't exactly support her claim to good leadership. And all that so-called leadership lead to nothing but a laughing-stock catastrophe when she tried her version of Health Care during the Clinton years. Failure is a leadership quality now, huh? hmmm....ok.

    You can follow the spin..listen to the pundits and be fooled again..and again. If people haven't learned anything at all from the lying spin of the Bush administration and the media that was all too happy to help it along, fall for it again. Just don't complain about different party, same old manure.

    Obama has an ability to bring people together to solve the extreme challenges we face in this country and the world. He has the integrity, judgement, and commitment to improving the lives of all people everywhere that places him in the same league as the greatest leaders we've ever known. Anyone who tries to claim differently simply has not taken the time to inform themselves. If you care at all about your future and your children's future, you'd take the time.

    August 12, 2007 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
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