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President Obama Sings Al Green at NY Fundraiser (watch!)

President Obama Sings Al Green at NY Fundraiser (watch!) 1President Barack Obama not only took the stage at the famed Apollo Theater in New York, he sang! After thanking R&B legend Al Green for performing, the president crooned a line from one of Green’s classic songs.

About 1,400 supporters were at the historic theater for the event, where general admission tickets sold for $100 and $200. It was one of four fundraising stops for Obama while he was in the city, according to ABC News.

The event was hosted by Tony Award-winning composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda Beside soul singer Green, pop hip-hop artist India Arie also sang. Obama chose Green for his vocal tribute, singing a few lines from his hit song “Let’s Stay Together.”

“To know that Rev. All Green was here,” the president said smiling. He paused for a moment and then began started singing: “I’m, so in love with you,” on key. The crowd broke out in laughter and cheers.

The president paused for a moment, looked down smiling, then kicked in: “Those guys back there didn’t think I would do it,” pointing off stage. “I told you I would do it. The sandman did not come out.”

The first reference was to his staff; the second was to Sandman Sims, a tap dancer and Apollo regular for decades, who chased unpopular acts off-stage during talent shows and sing-offs. The theater is famous for them.

Incidentally, the complete verse goes like this:

“I’m, I’m so in love with you.
Whatever you want to do. Is alright with me.
Cause you make me feel, so brand new.
And I want to spend my life with you.”

The song, “Let’s Stay Together,” is emblematic of one of the President’s re-election themes. The campaign reportedly took in more than $3 million, according to Politico. Two events at posh Upper East Side restaurant Daniel netted $500,000 and included high-rollers who paid $15,000 for a chance to rub elbows with Obama.

But the most exclusive event was hosted by Movie mogul Spike Lee, where a more intimate gathering of 45 guests paid $35,800 each to mingle with the president, the Web site reported.

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