Obama Among “Voices that Care” on Upcoming Release
WASHINGTON—President Obama made a surprise stop at a New York City recording studio this past Tuesday as he joined the several aging rock stars and B-list celebrities gathered for a remake of the “Voices that Care” video that was first released in 1991 at the conclusion of the First Gulf War.
“Ever since we lost Luther [Vandross], we were looking for someone whose hip tones could carry this song when we re-released it for the 20th anniversary and the end to the American presence in Iraq,” organizer Michael Bolton said. “And then Al Jarreau passed me a tape and said ‘Listen M.B., this is hot.’ I was floored when I found out that the smooth, silky voice was Obama’s.”
“The President was a bit bashful about showing off his pipes” said former New Edition front man Ralph Tresvant. However, Tresvant, who opened the song with his trademark tenor, said “when I showed the president the clip of Herman Cain singing about his innocence, he was inspired to push through the recording session.” It is reported to have begun around 3 P.M. and lasted well into the night.”
Unremarkably, nearly 30 of the original stars of the video were available to join the President in filming the video for the song. Among the stars were Fred Savage, Ted Danson, Gary Busey, Mike Tyson, James Woods, and Downtown Julie Brown.
“What’s bigger than bringing the troops home for the holidays?” the President said, “Lending your voice to raise money for the families—that’s what.”
The President also cited a intensely personal reason for doing the video. “Where else can you sing alongside Mike Tyson, James Woods, and that guy from The Monkees—you know, the one without the snow hat? If there was any perk to being the President, this is it.”
According to Bolton, “Vice President Biden tried to use his title to pressure me into letting him sing (former Warrant frontman) Janey Lee’s bit, but there was no way he could hit those notes. So we just let him play air guitar during Joe Satriani’s solo. The guy actually plays a mean air guitar, but he really didn’t have to wear his leather jeans and a feathered earring. I mean really, he’s not even in the video.”
The world premiere of the music video will air during NBC’s coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.
According to the organizers, both the new version of “Voices that Care” and the accompanying video will be available for purchase through several retail outlets. All proceeds earned from sales of the 20th anniversary version of the song going to the U.S.O. and other charities serving military families.
By Constable Perkins