According to the president’s senior adviser #Valerie Jarrett, the president floated the idea en route to the funeral and, at least initially, First Lady #Michelle Obama did not think it was a very good idea.
While Jarrett’s first response was a non-committal, “Hmm,” the first lady was a bit more blunt, asking, “Why on earth would that fit in?”
“I don’t know whether I’m going to do it, but I just wanted to warn you two that I might sing,” Obama said, according to Jarrett. “We’ll see how it feels at the time.”
When Obama arrived at that portion of his speech, he took a dramatic pause, which made Jarrett think he was deciding whether or not he would go through with it. “So later I said to him, ‘Were you thinking about whether or not to sing?’” Jarrett said. “He said, ‘Oh no, I knew I was going to sing. I was just trying to figure out which key to sing in.’”
Watch Jarret’s remarks below, via ABC News:
And you can watch the president’s musical performance below, via CNN:
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