Barack Obama recreates Washington's farewell address for 'Hamilton'
Barack Obama collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda to remix the song "One Last Time."
Miranda released the "Hamilton" movie classic late last week. The gospel-inspired rendition features Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. They discuss a step back from Washington's third term of office.
At about midway through the remix, Obama does the honors of reciting Washington's farewell address. He is backed up by guitars and pianos in the background. The clip is found below.
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"Though in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. I shall also carry with me the hope that my country will view them with indulgence and that after 45 years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal, the faults of incompetent abilities will be consigned to oblivion, as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest."
"I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers."
The Obamas are well-known admirers of the "Hamilton" musical. So the 44th president would have certainly enjoyed being a part of Miranda's project.
In fact, Miranda and Christopher Jackson performed the very same tune for Obama towards the end of his term in 2016. It wasn't the first of the movie casts' visits to the White House.
Miranda revealed that the idea of the 44 Remix of "One Last Time" came from Obama's speech done over Will.i.am's "Yes We Can."
According to a soundbite from NPR, the remix is "the final track in a series called 'Hamildrops,' which raises money for several nonprofit groups." Christopher Jackson and BeBe Winans also performed in the song.
Washington's farewell address was made in 1796. The lengthy write-up acknowledged many areas Washington addressed in his tenure.
In closing, he stated:
"...I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers."
Meanwhile, Obama is doing much more than remixing his favorite songs for the Christmas season. He's also carried out the role of a Santa Claus helper.
Last week the former president visited the Children's National Medical Center in Washington DC. Dancing as he entered, Obama surprised staff and patients of the hospital.
He wore a red Santa hat as he toured the hospital. Of course, he didn't forget his bag of gifts for the young patients. As Christmas nears, we wish the rock star president the best of holidays.