February 22nd, 2008
02:30 PM ET
15 years ago

The Obama boogie


Watch Obama's Texas Boogie.

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) – Community organizer, Illinois senator, and now - the latest Lone Star music sensation?

Maybe that's a stretch, but at a low-dollar fundraiser Thursday night following the CNN/Univision debate Obama shared the stage - and the mic - with Austin-based and nine-time Grammy award winning western swing band "Asleep at the Wheel."

After first giving standard remarks and then shaking hands in the crowd of a couple hundred, Obama ran back on stage to deliver a few thank-you's - but that wasn't all he had in store.

The Democratic candidate then not only sung a few bars, but broke out some of his finest dance moves in a twist during their eighties hit "Boogie Back to Texas."

And before he left the stage he pulled out a guaranteed crowd pleaser in this neck of the woods: the 'Hook 'em Horns,' the hand sign of the University of Texas at Austin Longhorns, formed by raising the index finger and pinky.

Needless to say, that was a hit.

–CNN Political Producer Chris Welch

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Texas
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. michael

    great, thats for that report!

    February 22, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  2. Bobby 4 Obama!!!

    Go Obama 2008!!!

    February 22, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  3. Will

    His dancing skills sucked. He needs to stick to speeches.

    February 22, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  4. Simba

    In Obama we have a President who not only understands his people but how is equally connected to them!

    If Hillary really does want Democrats to return to the white house, may be she should strongly consider bowing out now. Rather than been disgraced and living with the pain, bowing out now could garner her more support. In the eyes of many, they would see it as taking the lead and actually acting presidential. However, should she continue to tackle and quibble at every single thing including fighting to delegates from Florida and Michigan to be seated, then I am afraid she would be heavily disgraced and shown the back door.

    A word is enough for the wise.

    February 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. D.

    Has to be on youtube. where's the video?

    February 22, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Hillary is so great!

    She deserves much more.

    The media is so unfair. Even the debate, CNN cut her chance. Why let Obama speak after Hillary? Obama just said 'agree', so simple job for him.

    So unfair!!!!

    Don't like Obama. How did he decide to run for president with such simple experience?

    Isn't change / hope so by default and easy that everyone can say?

    Isn't obvious that Hillary has been beyond the stage of talking about empty change / hope and always been at the further stage of actions and solutions than Obama?

    Hillary picks up the tough job, such as the real reform of the health care, because she wants REAL change.

    February 22, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Kate

    Auhh!!! That's why we swoon over him. Talk about being cool!!!

    February 22, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. kriss g

    Barack, I saw the video, while I am a great supporter, I think you shouldn't quit you day job for country music dancing !!!! Obama 08!!

    February 22, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  9. Greenday

    WOW!!...All you guys at CNN are Obsessed with Obama........

    February 22, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. John, Las Vegas, NV

    Now if he goes to the Continental Club for a Saturday afternoon jam session he has my vote

    February 22, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Felly

    Texans for Obama, yes we can!

    February 22, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. Sarah L, Fayetteville, AR

    Come on, now, that was fun to watch. Didn't your mamas ever tell you that, if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all?

    February 22, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Grif

    Karaoki?? And the dance of Doom. Actor's play many parts in Movie's.
    But, nobody would chance another Regan. As a Democrat..

    February 22, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Nina

    Thius is news? CNN is obsessed.

    February 22, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. Casey

    Okay. And?????

    February 22, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. Staci

    What does this have to do with anything important in this campaign. CNN would cover it if Obama stepped in dog doo.

    February 22, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  17. Duff

    As much as I am the world's most anti-gun person, I think that hanvig a gun is fairly crucial at this moment in NOLA... but why CNN had to obsess over it is ludicrous.

    August 15, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |