August 10th, 2007
05:37 PM ET
10 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 β€œMexico 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. VanReuter NY NY

    ...The ever-humble Obama...

    How can someone who has written TWO books about themselves, and who began running for President right after being sworn in as a Senator be characterized as, "humble"?

    Humble folk don't tend run think they can be, or try to run for President.

    The MSM is way too hard on Barack.

    August 10, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. Joe, Boulder, CO

    This is Obama trying to capture more vote from: Hispanics, and white women who thinks it's sexy.

    I want to vomit.

    August 10, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  3. Bill, Los Angeles, CA

    "The MSM is way too hard on Barack."

    What? They LOVE him. In any other nation, he'd never have made it this far with NO experience and such naivete.

    If he were a Republican, the dolts at CNN would have nailed him like they do GOPers.

    August 10, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. Dan (Baltimore, MD)

    Do I care? Can we focus instead on how Obama, Clinton, and Edwards thumb their noses at property rights and want to stop holding terrorists accountable for their actions just because they're holed up in a place where the war is unpopular? Singing ability, gender, and race are at about the bottom of my list of the most important issues in this nomination process, but these are the kinds of stories that are constantly jammed in our faces.

    August 10, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. VanReuter NY NY

    Bill-

    Read my post again and see if you can get the sarcasm THIS time.
    You MUST be a republican.

    August 10, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  6. Dave, San Antonio, TX

    hmm. the guy didn't even know the song... so, i couldn't be his favorite, he didn't even know the words... sad. but, good attempt to get the latino vote!!!..

    dave

    August 10, 2007 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  7. Caren

    "The ever humble Obama"??????????? It has reached the point where I have to keep a bucket nearby whenever I read something about Obama. The media, especially the news (I use that term lightly) have no shame when it comes to fawning all over the pretender.

    August 10, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  8. Mike, Coarsegold cal.

    I guess he is now qualified to be president.

    August 10, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  9. Lizabeth, Dallas TX

    And just why should we give a flip if a candidate can sing or not???? Cheeze, if that's the criteria, then I guess we should be looking at Britney Spears for Prez. Oh wait, she can't sing either, can she? πŸ˜‰

    August 10, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. Adam, Plano, TX

    Dan, whats wrong with a silly news story like this to lighten the mood? theres plenty of other stories on obama, clinton, and edwards that aren't good humoured, lighten up.

    August 10, 2007 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Wow, the guy has a nice voice!! πŸ™‚

    August 10, 2007 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Nani, Kailua, HI

    That was such a scripted set-up. Did anyone not notice the background music was readily available for Obama & Maria Quintanilla's version was already keyed up & ready to go the second he finished. My guess is the lyrics were on a sheet right in front of his face to boot. Fake fake fake!!

    August 10, 2007 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  13. Evan Esteves, Boca Raton, FL

    Bill from Maryland...you are a moron and judging by the state you are in...I guess you are holed up in a place where the war is unpopular too...How ironic.

    August 10, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  14. VM, San Diego, CA

    Well, it is sexy. Poor jealous Joe.

    August 10, 2007 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Kim, Mpls, MN

    All politics aside, he's authentic and the real deal...now for dancing, can't wait till Inauguration night!

    August 10, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  16. Michael, Memphis TN

    very interesting that all these comments come from republicans, now you've got something to swift boat him on!

    August 10, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. Maria J. San Diego, CA

    shows he has a sense of humor... something lacking in some of the other competitors

    August 10, 2007 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    We're in America...lose the Hispanic ordeal. If it were Mexico it would be different, but it's not. I eagerly anticipate Obama's pending loss...he is an atrocity to the government, nation, and world.

    August 10, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. R.L. Huntington Beach, Ca

    It's amazing to watch these corportate pawns fall all over themselves to show who can out pander one another for the hispanic/illegal alien vote.

    I would never vote for Obama,Hillary,Romney,Guiliani, or the rest of the corporate mainstream media candidates. This is not a democracy, this is a shell game. Ron Paul all the way in 08'.

    August 10, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. jimmiefromdayton

    Did'nt sound to bad.

    Obama 08!

    August 10, 2007 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. Gil, Burke, VA

    Hispandering, pure and simple.

    August 10, 2007 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. ItsTimeToTurnThePage

    Senator Obama did a fantastic job. He has a nice voice.

    August 10, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. Tom J

    Obviously the show's host asked him if he would do this, and he did. Good for him! He showed he's a good sport.

    August 10, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. maria, houston, tx

    Obama is intelligent, well educated, outspoken and has integrity that others lack...good looks and nice voice is a bonus, eat your hearts out πŸ™‚ I'm not a Hispanic, but I'd rather listen to his singing than to Prez Bush's mumbling...

    August 10, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Lance, Monrovia, CA

    THAT... was absolutely classic.

    Obama is a master politician, I swear, I love this dude... He shows he can relax and have fun, and he picked the perfect song to give it an undercurrent of meaning about the charged times we live in.

    If you know the lyrics to the entire song, it's quite beautiful, about sacrifice and longing for a more beautiful life. Good choice.

    As a risk taker, Obama is the man, and time after time his personality, smarts and passion come through where others look stale.

    August 10, 2007 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
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