Three Great Performances From The White House: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Yolanda Adams

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Did anybody see our singing President last night on PBS? At the conclusion of the Performance For The White House concert, honoring the music of the civil rights movement, Obama was left holding the microphone at the beginning of a group singalong of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The embarrassed leader of the free world eventually passed the mic (potentially to Morgan Freeman), but not before he demonstrated that he could carry a tune.

The full video has yet to surface online (here’s a teaser), but here’s three great performances that have. Watch more videos from the concert here.

Dylan lovers, what do you make of Dylan’s historic performance?



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  1. i was very happy. thought that the entire show was beautiful. blind boys of AL rocked… made me listen to that album they did with ben harper again. some will slam dylan. they always do. to hell with ’em.

  2. Though he never wanted to be known as the voice of the generation Bob Dylan was truly instrumental in the 60’s for speaking the truth. Along with Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and a host of others young Americans became aware of just how politically corrupt our nation was and is. To be at the White House and singing right to them Senators and Congressmen must have been quite surreal for him. The program was awesome and the awesomest of all was and is Bob Dylan;) I wish he had sung more.

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