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Obama croons bar of Al Green hit at NY fundraiser

January 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
President Barack Obama showcased his singing skills at a New York fundraiser, crooning a bar from an R&B classic.

The event took place at Manhattan's Apollo Theater late Thursday, when Obama stepped up to the podium and veered from prepped remarks to thank Al Green for a performance that warmed up the crowd.

That's when the president launched into "Let's Stay Together," singing, "I, so in love with you" - complete with vibrato.

He stopped to laughter and applause, and remarked that his staff didn't believe he'd do it.

Then he noted that the Sandman hadn't come out - a reference to Sandman Sims, the tap dancer who chased unpopular acts off-stage at the Apollo for decades.

In addition to the New York fundraisers, the president also had a private meeting at the home of director Spike Lee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.