I know more than a few people who were wondering if we had another Etta James situation on our hands when Jennifer Hudson took the stage during the Inaugural Ball Monday night to serenade the President and First Lady with her own version of Al Green’s hit “Let’s Stay Together.” If you weren’t sure, Al is still very much alive, and still has the same pipes he wooed our parents and grandparents with back in the ’70s, which is why plenty of folks have been asking why he didn’t sing his own song to the FLOTUS and POTUS instead of J-Hud. Well as it turns out, Al turned the President down!
In a statement to the Associated Press, brother Al’s rep said he had been asked to sing, “but scheduling conflicts prevented him from attending Monday’s festivities. Green said he’d be honored to sing for the president in the future.”
Dang Al, what kind of prior commitment could he have had? After all, we are talking about the Commander-in-Chief, who also just so happens to be a huge Al Green fan. Remember when he hit the stage of the Apollo wit a little “Ahhhhh Ahhh Ahhhh I’m so in love with you”?
I’m sure Barack and Michelle can find sometime in the next for years to invite the rev to the White House but I really wanna know what Al was doing Monday night that couldn’t wait. He better not have been watching ”Love & Hip-Hop.” Oh wait, that was me! JK