Political Abyss

Putin challenges Obama for title of “Coolest President” while performing Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill”

In Uncategorized on December 13, 2010 at 11:57 pm

By Maurice E. Duhon, Jr.

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Monday 12/13/10

Over the weekend the audience of a St. Petersburg, Russia children’s charity dinner enjoyed a live musical performance by Russia’s former President and current Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.  This artistic gesture differs from the Prime Minister’s usual photo-ops including shirtless horseback riding, tiger stalking, Formula One race car driving, and judo fighting (he holds a black belt).

After a few words of encouragement from the event’s emcee, requesting Putin’s participation in the evening’s musical offerings, Putin stated, “Like an overwhelming majority of people, I can neither sing nor play but I very much like doing it,” according to Reuters.

Putin then approached the grand piano located on the stage.  The audience, including American delegates Sharon Stone, Kevin Costner, Goldie Hawn, and Kurt Russell, watched as Putin played a gentle, beginner’s level, instrumental version of Fats Domino’s massively popular song “Blue Berry Hill”.  Once his rendition of the immortal song was concluded, the former President rose from the piano’s chair and with the swagger of a semi-confident “everyday Joe”, Putin walked towards a lone-standing microphone located at the stage’s center.

The band struck a tune and launched into a melodic version of the song with Prime Minister Putin providing the lead vocals.  From a review of the video footage, one is forced to conclude that Vladimir Putin is no Frank Sinatra or even a Sanjaya Malakar, but the artistic effort and risk of self-esteem involved proves sincere and appreciable when recognizing this event’s purpose was conducted for a children’s charity.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said Putin learned the lyrics to the song in his English class and takes music lessons when he has time.

I can honestly say I’d donate some serious coin to view President Obama’s musical performance of Earth, Wind, & Fire’s “After the Love is Gone” (footage offered below).  To be entirely honest, I believe every incoming President should be, by law, required to participate in at least one publicly performed musical number during their term.  By doing this, the people are able to determine their leaders amount of “cool” i.e. Bill Clinton’s well-received saxophone recital on the hugely popular and former television forum “The Arsenio Hall Show” (R.I.P. 1989 -1994).

Politics aside, it was a nice gesture and Putin’s performance required a certain amount of gumption, in which he has tons, I stress the term “politics aside”.

Russia’s Got Talent

Earth, Wind, & Fire “After the Love is Gone”


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