It’s the political season, but that doesn’t mean you have to listen to speeches all day long. We’ve compiled a list of some political figures that can carry a tune, play instruments, and others that are not so musically gifted. Here you’ll find a list of ten of our favorites that have musical talents and some that have tried to sing and failed. Do these politicians have a talent?
Can Bernie Sanders Sing?
Sanders is a current US Senator for Vermont and he recently ran for President. Sanders became a politician decades ago when he became the mayor of Burlington. During that time, he recorded a spoken-word album of folk songs, entitled “We Shall Overcome.” According to MRCTV, Sander’s political mentors thought that it was a fantastic idea until Bernie “sang,” and they realized he had no musical ability at all.
They had to call in some back-up singers to help him out.
Can Mitt Romney Sing?
Romney is a current Senator for Utah and ran for president against Barack Obama. Romney tried to show his patriotic side when he sang “America the Beautiful” at a rally. The stunt didn’t go so well, and Barack Obama used the performance in a smear campaign ad against Romney.
Can Hillary Clinton Sing?
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton appeared on Rosie O’Donnell’s talk show and chatted about how much she loved musical theater but couldn’t sing well. Unfortunately for her, she was only allowed to perform in the school performance of Bye Bye Birdie if she lip-synched. Check out her performance on the talk show and decide if her teacher was overreacting or not.
Can William Barr Sing?
Attorney General Barr is on our list not for his singing abilities, but because of a surprising talent, he has. Barr is a skilled bagpipe player, who, according to his band members, has been playing since he was a kid. Barr has a very interesting resume for a politician. He worked for the CIA, became a lawyer, and then joined a bagpipe band.
Can Bill Clinton Sing?
Bill Clinton tried to sing John Lennon’s Imagine while he was in Israel celebrating their president’s birthday, but even with the help of a talented young singer, he forgot the lyrics and was way off-key. However, he was able to redeem himself by showing off some actual skills when he played the saxophone on the Arsenio Hall Show.
Clinton is not the only president that played a musical instrument. Both Richard Nixon and Harry S. Truman were talented piano players.
Can Colin Powell Sing?
US Secretary of State Colin Powell rewrote and sang the famous song YMCA by The Village People while on stage at Asia’s largest security meeting. The meeting in Indonesia usually ends with performances and songs, but Powell, dressed as a construction worker, delivered a painful performance and left the audience looking a bit uncomfortable.
Can Mike Huckabee Sing?
While Mike Huckabee isn’t much of a singer, he definitely knows how to rock out. The former Governor of Arkansas who ran for President twice had his own classic rock band called Capitol Offense.
He plays the electric bass guitar very well and has been the headliner at many political events and parties.
Can Sonny Bono Sing?
Sonny Bono, half of the well-known duo Sonny and Cher, was the mayor of Palm Springs for four years and was later elected to the US House of Representatives. Bono had a hugely successful music career in the ’60s and ’70s. He was also a cohost of his own variety show. In the 80’s he was frustrated with his local government and made the leap into politics.
Does Barack Obama Have A Hidden Talent We Don’t Know About?
Former President Barack Obama enjoys singing in his spare time and has even shown off his voice at a few political events. While campaigning in 2012, he sang Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” to the audience, and the crowd went wild. He probably got a few votes from that impressive vocal performance.
Can Sarah Palin Sing?
Sarah Palin surprised the audience on The Masked Singer with an interesting rendition of Baby Got Back. Palin, the first female Republican nominee for Vice President, showed off her rap skills in Season 3 of the show while dressed as a pink and blue bear. Even though she was eliminated from the show on Week 7, she left everyone shocked after that performance.
Election season has arrived, and anything could happen. Politicians are always trying to show off their skills, and you never know who could be the next to reveal their musical talents.