Skip to comments.Obama quartet admits faking performance at inauguration
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 ones trying to fool anybody. This isnt 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.
Its not something we would announce, but its 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 ...
What else is faked!
“faked” bad word, sorry
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.
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.
It’s like that little Chinese girl at the Olympics. What do you expect from a Marxist?
All things considered, I think that it is most appropriate that they faked it. Very appropriate.
Taking lessons from the China Olympics???
Barry is used to having people fake it.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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?
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.
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.
A fitting tribute to a FAKE president.
The actual temp was around 20 (F).
The whole concept of Television is fake. Fake sets (no backs). Fake emotion. Style no substance.
Sub-zero CENTIGRADE. (It’s a British paper).
So..the music was fake but accurate?
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?
Wasnt Whitney Houston’s moving rendition of The Anthem at the SB pre-recorded too?
It’s not that big of a deal.
UK paper may have meant below 0 degrees C.
As I remember, that was another girl's voice that was used.
The first of a long list of “fakes” in this administration......
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.
oh but the military band could play in the cold..and all marching bands....but not these performers..???
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 :-)
| Ashley sez they tried
to play live, but the drummer
pressed the wrong button!
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.
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.
They would have nailed Bush to the wall for something like this.
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.
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.
Its 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.
Perhaps, Zero’s Milli Vanilli moment?....
Ain’t Celsius in DC, YET.
Everything around and about Obama is fake.
It is in London, where The Times is published ...
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