Singer or Song?

29 Jun

President Obama and his wife Michelle attended the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors tribute to Carole King.  During that tribute, Aretha Franklin performed “You Make Me Feel like a Natural Woman”.  Obama started crying.

Most people suppose that President Obama’s tears were brought on by seeing the “Queen of Soul”–a music icon since the 1960s–take the stage and perform.  That could be.

But I wonder if it was less the singer (Aretha Franklin) that brought tears to Obama’s eyes than the song (“You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman”).

Did the the song remind Obama of some former (current?) lover who’d made Obama “feel like a natural woman”?   Did that song make Obama recall tender moments when he was first, or maximally made to “feel like a natural woman”?

Inquiring minds wanna know.

If you watch the following video closely, you’ll see that there’s a moment (about two minutes into the video) when Obama is really into the song and starts to belt out “You make me feel like a natural woman!,” but realizes he’s being video-taped and it might make him look a little “odd” if he sings that lyric, so he cuts it short at “You make m . . . .”

Gotta protect the public image.

So, watcha think?  What made Obama cry?  Singer or song?

video  00:03:50


Posted by on June 29, 2016 in Obama, Video



8 responses to “Singer or Song?

  1. Blonddbythelight

    June 29, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    I think what is even more bizarre than Obama starting to sing “You make me feel like a natural woman.”….. is that Michelle wasn’t singing it at all. LOL

  2. Dev

    June 29, 2016 at 8:28 PM

    I didn’t see that Obama was crying. He wiped his eye once and looked a bit tired. He sang a little, and so did Michele.

  3. Michael

    June 30, 2016 at 1:49 AM

    Al, you are reaching the bottom of the barrel.

    • Adask

      June 30, 2016 at 3:53 AM

      I agree. But is that barrel real or fictional?

      • moon

        July 3, 2016 at 11:15 AM

        That’s funny AND a very good question.

  4. Peg-Powers

    June 30, 2016 at 1:40 PM

    In this circumstance I believe the President and the audience were simply rejoicing in the “Political Correctness” of this pageant. Anytime the legally protected minority within a nation can parade themselves as superior over the rest in any fashion (the rest who actually disagree in substance and find themselves legally hog-tied) then that is cause for celebration. gag.

  5. Michael

    July 3, 2016 at 1:55 AM

    Many men have sung these lyrics as we sang along with this song, too. That does not make us women.

    • Adask

      July 3, 2016 at 12:01 PM

      Singing is one thing. Weeping is another.


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