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