Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend thinks President Obama has what it takes to share the stage with him.
The soulful crooner referenced Obama’s recent bursts of song — including bits of Al GreenAl GreenCBC to Trump: Keep Richard Cordray, ensure the protection of American consumers WHIP LIST: More than 60 Dems boycotting Trump's inauguration Obama promises not to twerk at WH concert MORE’s “Let’s Stay Together” and B.B. King’s “Sweet Home Chicago” — and said he’s impressed by the president’s pipes.
“I told him that he’s been sounding very good,” Legend said. “He’s supremely talented.”
The 33-year-old artist was in Washington on Wednesday to honor students from around the country at Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” awards lunch.
Legend congratulated five schools that each won $100,000 of technology from Samsung, Microsoft, Adobe and DirecTV for their projects that used science, technology, engineering and math to address environmental community problems.
The finalists had spent the first part of the day meeting with their home-state members of the upper chamber, including Sens. John McCainJohn McCainSenate panel votes to confirm Tillerson Overnight Defense: Trump nominates Air Force secretary | Senate clears CIA director | Details on first drone strike under Trump McCain: Trump's withdrawal from TPP a 'serious mistake' MORE (R-Ariz.), Charles SchumerCharles SchumerSchumer to GOP: Push back against Trump's 'alternative facts' McConnell to Dems: Work with us on GOP's 'formidable' challenges Democrats and the boycott of Trump's inauguration MORE (D-N.Y.) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).
Though Legend is no stranger to Washington, he said he doesn’t have any political aspirations of his own.
“As a politician, you have to deal with someone wanting you to fail every day,” he explained. “I think I prefer being in a situation where generally people are rooting for me, and if they aren’t rooting for me, they aren’t out there to see my downfall. I respect the people who have the stomach for it.”
An ardent supporter of Obama, Legend has performed at political events, including the recent state dinner for U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, and made a video for Obama’s 2008 campaign called “Yes We Can.”
He said he plans to support Obama’s reelection campaign and predicts a win — but an election that will be a close call — noting that “the country’s pretty much evenly divided between the Democrats and Republicans, and there’s a small sliver in the middle they’re going to be fighting over.”