Politicians Singing: Where Does Colin Powell's "Call Me Maybe" Rank?

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As interpreted by a former Secretary of State
In what was a surprising move, at least to us, former Secretary of State Colin Powell broke into a bit of this year's song of the summer, "Call Me Maybe," today on whatever CBS is calling its morning show these days.

Let's just say he didn't nail it.

But was it the worst stab at singing by a modern politician? As it turns out, no -- that honor goes to one of our most musical presidents, Bill Clinton.

Here are five political attempts at singing, ranked from worst to first.

5. Bill Clinton, "Imagine"

A baaad effort by the first rock 'n' roll president -- it takes until the 2:28 make for Clinton to really sing, and he quickly proves he should stick to the saxophone.


4. Colin Powell, "Call Me Maybe"

He has the pitch of a barfly doing "Danny Boy" and the dance moves of -- well, Mitt Romney. But he definitely gets points for even knowing the song.


3. Barack Obama, "Sweet Home Chicago"

Obama is reluctant to take the mike, but when it's Mick Jagger offering it, you can't say no. Too tentative on the first line, he somewhat rescues himself on the repeat.

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Rich Connelly
Rich Connelly

 Cover tunes only, otherwise we'd also have to include Orrin Hatch's hymns.

Classic Rock Bob
Classic Rock Bob

No John Ashcroft warbling with his patriotic self-penned "Let the Eagle Soar?" You hippie, liberal, media type! Obvious press bias.....

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