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Monday
Nov052012

Stevie Wonder Rocks Obama Rally in Ohio

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(CINCINNATI) -- President Obama often exits the stage at the end of his campaign rallies to the recordings of Motown legend Stevie Wonder.  On Sunday night, he left the stage to the real thing.

As Obama wrapped his rally in Cincinnati, his third of four campaign events on Sunday, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” blasted through the University of Cincinnati’s Fifth Third Arena.

The president started to wave to the enthusiastic crowd and then did a double take.  There, off to the side of the stage, was Stevie Wonder, belting out his classic tune.

Obama walked back up to the mic and announced, “Stevie Wonder,” although he could barely be heard above the impromptu concert.  The president swayed back and forth and enjoyed the music briefly before getting to work, shaking hands and posing for pictures.

Stevie Wonder also revved up the crowd before the president’s speech, putting Obama’s “fired up, ready to go” rallying cry to music.

Stevie Wonder is one of the many famous musicians coming out to support the president in the final days of the campaign.  Katy Perry and Dave Matthews performed at his rallies on Saturday.  On Monday, Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z will lend their star power to the president’s last day on the trail.

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Friday
Feb252011

White House Honors Motown Legends

Photo Courtesy - The White House/Lawrence Jackson(WASHINGTON DC) -- The dancing wasn’t in the street Thursday night -- it was in the White House.

Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder came out to celebrate fifty years of rhythm and blues with a White House music night devoted to black history month and Motown’s effect on music and American history.

“Along the way, songs like ‘Dancing in the Streets’ and ‘What’s Going On’ became the soundtrack of the civil rights era,” President Obama said in the East Room of the White House. “Black artists began soaring to the top of the pop charts for the first time. And at concerts in the South, Motown groups literally brought people together –- insisting that the ropes traditionally used to separate black and white audience members be taken down.”

While the Motown greats sang the classics, the new era of singers -- Natasha Bedingfield, Sheryl Crow, Gloriana, Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks and John Legend -- paid tribute to those who paved the way for them.

The president, and his dancing, were the brunt of some jokes.

“You are not going to dance with me -– I saw you on 'Ellen'!” MC of the night Jaime Foxx said to President Obama, impersonating his at times stiff dancing. “That definitely was not the black side of you right there.”

But in the end, the president still showed some of his own Motown moves, dancing with his daughter Sasha Obama for a brief moment during the finale, when all the performers sang “Dancing in the Streets."

Vice President Biden also wasn’t free from being the target of jokes.

“In the ‘60’s – how many of you remember the ‘60s?” Foxx said. “I know you remember the ‘60s,” Foxx said to Vice President Biden, “you remember the ‘30s, man.”

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