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Obama quartet admits faking performance at inauguration
Times Online (U.K.) ^ | January 23, 2008 | Philippe Naughton

Posted on 01/23/2009 8:18:46 AM PST by Schnucki

It's not exactly Watergate but Barack Obama's inauguration was back in the dock today after it emerged that the quartet of classical musicians who ushered him on to the steps of the Capitol were faking it.

In a report headlined "The Frigid Fingers Were Live, but the Music Wasn't", The New York Times said that the four, including the violinist Itzhak Perlman, had already recorded their contribution two days earlier and played along just for show.

A spokeswoman for the congressional committee, which organised the inauguration, the biggest and most costly in history, told the newspaper that the musicians could not have played live in Tuesday's sub-zero temperatures because of the risk of broken piano strings and cracked instruments.

“No one’s trying to fool anybody. This isn’t a matter of Milli Vanilli," said Carole Florman, referring to the lip-synching pop duo stripped of a Grammy in 1990. “Truly, weather just made it impossible."

Ms Florman said that the use of a recording had not been made public beforehand but the producers overseeing television coverage of the event had been warned that it was likely. All other musical contributions on the day were performed live.

“It’s not something we would announce, but it’s not something we would try to hide,” she added. “Frankly, it would never have occurred to me to announce it."

Joining Mr Perlman for a rendition of Air and Simple Gifts, a, new work by John Williams, was the cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the clarinetist Anthony McGill and the pianist Gabriela Montero. Their performance immediately preceded Mr Obama's swearing-in, in which he uncharacteristically managed to mangle the oath of office.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: airandsimplegifts; bhoinauguration; ignorantcomments; inauguration; itzhakperlman; johnwilliams; muchadoaboutnothing; obama; quartet; rightwingmoonbats; simplegifts; yoyoma
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1 posted on 01/23/2009 8:18:47 AM PST by Schnucki
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To: Schnucki

What else is faked!


2 posted on 01/23/2009 8:19:45 AM PST by GoCards
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To: Schnucki
Faking it...like he is.

THE AUDACITY OF TRUTH ABOUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA IN HIS OWN WORDS

IT'S TIME FOR A RETURN TO THE OLD SCHOOL

3 posted on 01/23/2009 8:20:21 AM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: GoCards

“faked” bad word, sorry


4 posted on 01/23/2009 8:20:24 AM PST by GoCards
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To: Schnucki
BFD !

ML/NJ

5 posted on 01/23/2009 8:21:20 AM PST by ml/nj
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To: Schnucki
Fake music
Fake oath to uphold the Constitution
Fake man with a fake message of openness while hiding his entire life
Fake people leaving mountains of garbage
6 posted on 01/23/2009 8:22:19 AM PST by ryan71 (Being an "expert" does not mean your an expert.)
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To: Schnucki

Well, IMO, it’s a tempest in a teapot. It’s done all the time when a performance HAS to appear perfect. However, ir brings to mind something I heard during the campaign - “Obama is the Milli Vanilli of politics”. Kinda ironic.


7 posted on 01/23/2009 8:23:02 AM PST by Oatka ("A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves." –Bertrand de Jouvenel)
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To: Schnucki
:::yawn:::

I have no idea why people are spending time on this kind of crap when Obama has already taken some horrid actions that we could be discussing.

8 posted on 01/23/2009 8:23:19 AM PST by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: Schnucki

It’s like that little Chinese girl at the Olympics. What do you expect from a Marxist?


9 posted on 01/23/2009 8:23:57 AM PST by ushr435
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To: Schnucki
Obama quartet admits faking performance at inauguration

All things considered, I think that it is most appropriate that they faked it. Very appropriate.

10 posted on 01/23/2009 8:25:53 AM PST by markomalley (Extra ecclesiam nulla salus)
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To: Schnucki
Zerobama, all fake, all the time.
11 posted on 01/23/2009 8:26:02 AM PST by Navy Patriot (John McCain, the Manchurian Candidate, makes a Marxist President.)
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To: Schnucki
Figures.....the grifters and criminals he surrounds himself with are masters of deceit.
12 posted on 01/23/2009 8:26:28 AM PST by roses of sharon (Pray Hussein fails!)
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To: Schnucki

Taking lessons from the China Olympics???


13 posted on 01/23/2009 8:26:33 AM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Schnucki

Barry is used to having people fake it.

;-)


14 posted on 01/23/2009 8:27:26 AM PST by misterrob (Smooth talkers win at singles bars and in politics .. often with similar outcomes for the listener)
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To: Schnucki

Completely unfair to the musicians.
1. It was extremely cold outside. Try working your fingers correctly at 20-degrees.
2. It was extremely cold outside. Try getting a wood instrument to tune correctly in those temps.

And, they were playing, but it wasn’t their music that was pumped over the PA.

This stuff happens all the time.
There is no grassy knoll.


15 posted on 01/23/2009 8:29:39 AM PST by SJSAMPLE
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To: Schnucki

Good for the musicians, who care more about their artistic reputations than to play with frozen, stiff hands and strings that tighten in the wind.

Very professional, I must say.


16 posted on 01/23/2009 8:30:13 AM PST by 1st-P-In-The-Pod (...and just how long would you like to drag out your childhood?)
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To: Schnucki
Tuesday's sub-zero temperatures

I didn't watch the coronation, so I really don't know.

Was it really below zero that day?

(Yeah, I know, EVERYTHING was beneath Zero that day.)

I'm far north of DC and it wasn't that cold here. The predictions were for 20 degrees or so.

17 posted on 01/23/2009 8:30:19 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Schnucki

“Tuesday’s sub-zero temperatures”.....sub zero....say what?

of course they went into a studio to record...ain’t no way snybody is going to risk splitting the back of a million dollar Stradivarious just so the messiah can fake an air of refinement to a hip hop inaugaration.


18 posted on 01/23/2009 8:30:30 AM PST by STONEWALLS
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To: Schnucki

They want me to believe Aretha Franklin was not a recording too? Where was the chorus that came in at the end of the song? Backstage, or on tape?


19 posted on 01/23/2009 8:31:41 AM PST by JimmyMc
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To: Schnucki
Wow! The temp. was Sub-Zero???
20 posted on 01/23/2009 8:32:43 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Schnucki

Boy, I wondered about that. Growing up with a musician I figured that was going to be one tough gig in the cold. Thanks for the info.


21 posted on 01/23/2009 8:32:43 AM PST by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Schnucki

Obama the Milli Vinilli of the White House.

OK some Freeper needs to photo shop of Obama and Biden as Milli Vinilli. I wish I knew how to do that.


22 posted on 01/23/2009 8:33:06 AM PST by lone star annie
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To: Schnucki

A fitting tribute to a FAKE president.


23 posted on 01/23/2009 8:33:06 AM PST by o_zarkman44 (Since when is paying more, but getting less, considered Patriotic?)
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To: Schnucki
I get it - this is a British paper, so "sub-zero" means below 0 CENTIGRADE = below freezing.

The actual temp was around 20 (F).

My bad.

24 posted on 01/23/2009 8:33:29 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Schnucki

The whole concept of Television is fake. Fake sets (no backs). Fake emotion. Style no substance.


25 posted on 01/23/2009 8:34:14 AM PST by hiho hiho
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To: Red_Devil 232; STONEWALLS

Sub-zero CENTIGRADE. (It’s a British paper).


26 posted on 01/23/2009 8:34:25 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Schnucki

So..the music was fake but accurate?


27 posted on 01/23/2009 8:34:58 AM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Can't fly, can't ski, can't drive, can't skipper a boat. But they know what's best.)
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To: roses of sharon

Masters of deceit, not exactly. Purveyors of deceit yes. Masters don’t get discovered.
Considering the audience, what’s a little more fakery. No diff than fake Bling they all display.
More importantly, is how long will the MSM be able to keep up the giddy support?


28 posted on 01/23/2009 8:35:11 AM PST by dusttoyou (Prime Minister Hitlery is "really" in charge)
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To: Schnucki

Wasnt Whitney Houston’s moving rendition of The Anthem at the SB pre-recorded too?

It’s not that big of a deal.


29 posted on 01/23/2009 8:36:47 AM PST by Canedawg (Lincoln freed the slaves, BO will free the terrorists.)
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To: Izzy Dunne
I'm far north of DC and it wasn't that cold here. The predictions were for 20 degrees or so.

UK paper may have meant below 0 degrees C.

30 posted on 01/23/2009 8:37:30 AM PST by Doe Eyes
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To: ushr435
It’s like that little Chinese girl at the Olympics.

As I remember, that was another girl's voice that was used.

31 posted on 01/23/2009 8:39:32 AM PST by ColdWater
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To: Schnucki

The first of a long list of “fakes” in this administration......


32 posted on 01/23/2009 8:40:26 AM PST by It's me
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To: Schnucki

Gotta love it.

The Milli Vanilli Administration! How do you know he’s lip-synching? His mouth is moving. It sounds great, but you’ve got the sneaking suspicion that it’s not real.

The 30’s had the TVA, we’ve got the MVA.


33 posted on 01/23/2009 8:40:52 AM PST by ColoCdn (Neco eos omnes, Deus suos agnoset)
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To: Oatka
>Well, IMO, it’s a tempest in a teapot

We're going to get
four years of this nonsense crap.
Anything touching

Obama will get
scrutinized and get a thread
to ridicule it.

(Hey, is Hillary
blackmailing the White House with
the FBI files?!)

34 posted on 01/23/2009 8:40:52 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Schnucki

oh but the military band could play in the cold..and all marching bands....but not these performers..???


35 posted on 01/23/2009 8:41:17 AM PST by angelcindy ("If you follow the crowd,you get no further than the crowd")
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To: ColdWater

Yup, it was another little girl’s voice.

Okay, so maybe it’s more like Ashley Simpson on Saturday Night Live. I can believe that, I mean I was suffering from massive acid reflux on inauguration day :-)


36 posted on 01/23/2009 8:43:11 AM PST by ushr435
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To: SJSAMPLE
>Obama quartet admits faking performance
>>Completely unfair to the musicians ... There is no grassy knoll


Ashley sez they tried
to play live, but the drummer
pressed the wrong button!

37 posted on 01/23/2009 8:44:42 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Schnucki
I'm not critical of the musicians. They were placed in a no win situation.

I criticize the event organizers, your federal government, who didn't consider that cold weather on January 20th might be a possibility and didn't arrange to have the performance area heated.

38 posted on 01/23/2009 8:46:17 AM PST by HIDEK6
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To: Schnucki
Who cares!!Come up with his birth certificate and that will be news..
39 posted on 01/23/2009 8:47:00 AM PST by PLD
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Whoopdie doo. This is done all the time.

As long as it was the same musicians who actually recorded the music, then there's no foul.

Would you rather have a great-sounding performance that was recorded, or a "legit" performance in the cold with out-of-tune instruments?

Milli Vanilli this is not.

40 posted on 01/23/2009 8:49:59 AM PST by TChris (So many useful idiots...)
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>Come up with his birth certificate and that will be news..

FactCheck.org: Born in the U.S.A. - The truth about Obama's birth certificate.
41 posted on 01/23/2009 8:58:28 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: Schnucki

They would have nailed Bush to the wall for something like this.


42 posted on 01/23/2009 9:00:07 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Dissent Is Patriotic)
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To: Schnucki

This is oly a big deal to idiots.

You cannot leave it to chance when millions of people are watching.

Even the superbowl half-time show is pre-recorded.

And that poor girl on stage in the Olympic opening in China was put through heck because of morons.


43 posted on 01/23/2009 9:01:28 AM PST by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help)
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To: STONEWALLS; All
It was their music recorded two days prior. They actually played beautifully the same thing. It was amazing how real it looked because it was real. I'm am sure the people up close couldn't tell the difference.

One of the best performances I have ever seen.

As a musician let me tell you how much of a disaster it could have been with the body temperatures changing the instruments.

It was one of the only good things that came out of the event.

44 posted on 01/23/2009 9:02:52 AM PST by AGreatPer (Obama is not my president until we see his birth certificate. A real one.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Wow! The temp. was Sub-Zero???

Celsius ...

45 posted on 01/23/2009 9:03:59 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ushr435

It’s like that little Chinese girl at the Olympics. What do you expect from a Marxist?
_______

LOL. You are kidding, right? Have you ever played a stringed instrument in 20 degree weather? Obviously you’re not a musician at all. Those guys play rare and expensive instruments. Do you know what the cold would do to those masterpieces? Again, obviously not.

Attributing this to Obama is simply absurd. Read the article, the musicians were directly involved in the decision, and in their minds, it was the only decision.


46 posted on 01/23/2009 9:04:27 AM PST by dmz
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To: Schnucki

Perhaps, Zero’s Milli Vanilli moment?....


47 posted on 01/23/2009 9:04:27 AM PST by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: ArrogantBustard

Ain’t Celsius in DC, YET.


48 posted on 01/23/2009 9:09:25 AM PST by dusttoyou (Prime Minister Hitlery is "really" in charge)
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To: Schnucki

Everything around and about Obama is fake.


49 posted on 01/23/2009 9:11:05 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: dusttoyou

It is in London, where The Times is published ...


50 posted on 01/23/2009 9:12:13 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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