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Etta James Says, 'I Can't Stand Beyoncé' (Also Big Ears isn't MY President)
MSN Music ^ | 2/5/2007 | MSN Entertainment

Posted on 02/05/2009 6:54:58 AM PST by Smogger

If you were wondering why Beyoncé and not Etta James was asked to serenade the president and first lady with "At Last" during their first dance at an inauguration ball on Jan. 20, you're not alone.

Etta, 71, whom Beyoncé went blonde to portray in last year's "Cadillac Records," is wondering the same thing, and she candidly expressed her displeasure during a concert stop in Seattle last week.

"You guys know your president, right?" she asked the crowd amid cheers (listen to it here. "You know the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain't my president, he might be yours, he ain't my president. You know that woman he had singing for him, singing my song -- she's gonna get her a-- whipped. The great Beyoncé ... But I can't stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' president day ... singing my song that I've been singing forever."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: beyonce; bho44; bhoinauguration; ettajames; music; obama
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He's not MY President either!

P.S. Beyonce = Not Guilty.

1 posted on 02/05/2009 6:54:59 AM PST by Smogger
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To: Smogger

Wow! Maybe I’ll have to buy tickets next time Etta’s near me. :)


2 posted on 02/05/2009 6:56:25 AM PST by cvq3842
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To: Smogger

The posters on the NY Daily News website are dissing Ms. James. They are saying that she is bitter and old and of course “The One” isn’t her President, Abraham Lincoln was. How rude. You can tell by those posts that Zero got elected by the American Idol crowd.


3 posted on 02/05/2009 6:57:08 AM PST by LottieDah (If only those who speak so eloquently on the rights of animals would do so on behalf the unborn)
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To: Smogger

I think Beyonce is beautiful and her singing doesn’t offend me, but Etta James’ version of this song is just a stunning piece of music.


4 posted on 02/05/2009 6:57:59 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: Smogger

hmm, that would make a nice bumper sticker.

Also, maybe, ‘Obama is NOT the answer.’


5 posted on 02/05/2009 6:58:22 AM PST by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: Smogger

Guilty of cellulite,


6 posted on 02/05/2009 6:59:05 AM PST by Cedric
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To: Smogger

Ummm...so he’d be her President if she had sung at the inauguration. Glad to see she’s putting serious thought into her politics.

Oh..and Waaaaaaaaaa!


7 posted on 02/05/2009 7:00:41 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: Smogger

She can’t be too old and senile if she is smart enough not to like “THE ONE”.


8 posted on 02/05/2009 7:00:46 AM PST by ontap (Just another backstabbing conservative)
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To: Smogger
Hee...Hee

"You know the one with the big ears? Wait a minute, he ain't my president, he might be yours, he ain't my president.
9 posted on 02/05/2009 7:02:04 AM PST by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Smogger

Etta, you go girl!


10 posted on 02/05/2009 7:02:58 AM PST by Batman11 ("Big ears isn't my President!")
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To: bboop

If Obama is “The Answer”, what the hell was the QUESTION?............


11 posted on 02/05/2009 7:04:08 AM PST by Red Badger (Zimbabwe has removed 12 zeroes from its currency. We need to remove one from the White House......)
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To: Red Badger

If Obama is the answer, it must have been a stupid question.


12 posted on 02/05/2009 7:04:29 AM PST by Julia H. (Somewhere in Kenya or Indonesia, a village is missing its idiot.)
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To: acad1228

Blues ping


13 posted on 02/05/2009 7:05:00 AM PST by DYngbld (Aspire to inspire before you expire)
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To: Smogger

Best to just listen:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fSY_S45rZ4


14 posted on 02/05/2009 7:05:28 AM PST by maggief
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To: DYngbld; All

I had tickets to see her about a year ago *(she opening for BB King), and she had to cancel because she was sick. Hope she is doing well.


15 posted on 02/05/2009 7:06:15 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

bttt


16 posted on 02/05/2009 7:07:45 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Darkwolf377

Goose bumps. Every time I hear it.


17 posted on 02/05/2009 7:08:25 AM PST by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Smogger

Got to love it!! Just can’t make this stuff up.


18 posted on 02/05/2009 7:09:25 AM PST by kenmcg (cOMMBYAH)
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To: Smogger
"...But I can't stand Beyoncé. She has no business up there, singing up there on a big ol' president day ... singing my song that I've been singing forever."

Welcome to the brave new world of Change, Etta.

19 posted on 02/05/2009 7:10:00 AM PST by Yo-Yo
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To: Julia H.
If Obama is the answer, it must have been a stupid question

Can I steal that for my tag line?

I already did.

20 posted on 02/05/2009 7:10:41 AM PST by muggs (If Obama is the answer, it must have been a stupid question)
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To: All

Conservative or liberal, shut up and sing.


21 posted on 02/05/2009 7:11:15 AM PST by youturn (Ping me when he's gone.)
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To: Smogger

Beyonce = guilty as hell when she sings

She might have been an okay model. She’s a hideous singer. Absolutely hideous.


22 posted on 02/05/2009 7:11:24 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
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To: Darkwolf377

You’re right about that


23 posted on 02/05/2009 7:11:34 AM PST by DeLaine
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To: Smogger

It takes balls, or ovaries or whatever for Etta to say what she says. Kind of like Bridgette Bardot or Orianna Fallaci speaking out against muslims. Courage is rare but not altogether absent.


24 posted on 02/05/2009 7:11:55 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Smogger

Sounds a little like sour grapes to me. Although she does definately have more of a right to sing her own song than Beyonce does, so I can understand her attitude. However I do love the negative publicity she’s giving Obama even though it will be spun like a top by MSM.


25 posted on 02/05/2009 7:12:13 AM PST by aureliusss (who is John Galt?)
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To: Darkwolf377
.. Etta James' version of this song is just a stunning piece of music.

Ditto to what you said. That is one of my all time favorite songs.

26 posted on 02/05/2009 7:13:21 AM PST by DumpsterDiver
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To: Smogger

“He’s not MY President either!”

Gee, I remember when fellow Freepers were so pissed at liberals who said this about Bush. Called it Bush Derangement Syndrome, I believe.


27 posted on 02/05/2009 7:14:58 AM PST by gracesdad
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To: cvq3842
Wow! Maybe I’ll have to buy tickets next time Etta’s near me. :)

I saw her at a bluesfest a few years back with BB King and Buddy Guy, among others. She put on a good show.

28 posted on 02/05/2009 7:16:11 AM PST by Thermalseeker (Government is not the solution to the problem. Government IS the problem - Ronald Wilson Reagan)
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To: Smogger

How is this any different than that lard ass with Heart complaining about Baracuda being used at the RNC convention and various Palin rallies a few months ago?

Etta James should be grateful she was immortalized in a movie.

Maybe she should let somebody ‘Upgrade’ her, eh?


29 posted on 02/05/2009 7:17:25 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Smogger

I guess that is Beyonce in the second picture with this article. What the heck is that on her hand? Is she a Borg of some sort?


30 posted on 02/05/2009 7:18:34 AM PST by foolscap
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To: Smogger

The Slim Black Duke can’t have an old bag o’ bones serenading him, can he? It wouldn’t fit his image as the youthful face of hope for America.


31 posted on 02/05/2009 7:19:08 AM PST by Oratam
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To: Smogger

Support Etta!


32 posted on 02/05/2009 7:19:53 AM PST by Ben Reyes (Palin 2012)
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To: ontap
Right, but it's a nice cover when needed. It's one of the blessing of living into your 70’s. I've got a long list of things I'm going to say to people once I get there ;)
33 posted on 02/05/2009 7:20:40 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Smogger

Etta James for some reason made me think of Betty LaVette’s performance at the Kennedy Center Honors (singing the Who’s Reign Down On Me). Highlight of the evening.


34 posted on 02/05/2009 7:20:47 AM PST by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: Smogger

Either way the politics go if I pay for a ticket then shut up and sing.


35 posted on 02/05/2009 7:22:07 AM PST by badpacifist ("Blessings come from God and He don't bless what he is against" ...Mrs Ray Charles)
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To: Wolfie
Maybe its sour grapes.

And maybe she didn't like a song that had personal meaning for her appropriated by a politician. Its happened before.

36 posted on 02/05/2009 7:24:16 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Darkwolf377
I agree.... it's the difference between a woman singing a song and a girl singing a song.

It would be like comparing BB King or Johnny Lee Hooker playing and singing a song.... and Lenny Kravitz singing the blues....

Like a fine wine, a good cigar or scotch..... you can't manufacture aging, it is what it is.

Beyonce is a good singer, has a good work ethic and can entertain..... Etta has about 40-50 years of broken hearts, good love gone bad, dreams realized or lost and just life to add to her song..... when they sing from the heart and leave it all on stage, it's a thing to see and hear.

As for the comments about Obama being their president or "our" president. Unfortunately he's "all of our" president. That's what our country is all about. That's why we have elections and why voter fraud is a crime, unless committed by a democrat.

It sucks, he's a douche bag surrounded by turds but he's our douche bag. I'll just grit my teeth, work hard and rest assured that Obama the douche, like Jimmy the Idiot and Billy the Blow Job President will fade into footnotes in between great Presidents.

37 posted on 02/05/2009 7:24:35 AM PST by erman (Give a man a fire, warm him for one night. Set a man on fire, warm him for the rest of his life.)
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To: Smogger

SLAM. A two for one- beyonce and bambi. Etta out dixie chicked the dixie chicks.


38 posted on 02/05/2009 7:26:02 AM PST by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: Julia H.; All
"If Obama is the answer, it must have been a stupid question."

IMHO, you might have just written someone's new FR Tagline.!!!!

39 posted on 02/05/2009 7:26:05 AM PST by musicman (Until I see a REAL C.O.L.B. BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: skeeter

Yes, it has, and to much derision from FReepers.


40 posted on 02/05/2009 7:26:23 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: gracesdad

You sure do have his back alot.


41 posted on 02/05/2009 7:27:41 AM PST by jennyjenny
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To: Right Cal Gal
Boy, the one note she starts the song with is all I need to stop ..........................and hang on for the rest. She is outstanding and the producer of that record, whoever they were, does not get enough credit.

“Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttttttttttttttttttttttt last”...fantastic!

42 posted on 02/05/2009 7:28:05 AM PST by 4everontheRight ("Boy, those French: They have a different word for everything! "- Steve Martin)
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To: Smogger

Don’tchu BLASPHEME Etta!

Don’tchu be BLASPHEMIN’ da name of da lord Barrrrrack Obammmmmmmma!


43 posted on 02/05/2009 7:28:28 AM PST by J40000
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To: Smogger

Etta James - one of the best female Blues singers ever.

And I do love Blues music :-)


44 posted on 02/05/2009 7:30:09 AM PST by SueRae
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To: gracesdad

Gosh, I remember when fellow Americans were so pissed at President Bush. Called him evil, a murderer, a racist, and more I believe.


45 posted on 02/05/2009 7:30:16 AM PST by new cruelty (Shoot your TV. Torch your newspaper.)
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To: erman
I agree, I cringe whenever I hear "Not my president" said of any president. It's like giving the finger to our very system.

It's not about LIKING the president or his positions. It's about the agreement citizens make to honor our system, which is the greatest in the world.

I expect libs to respect a Republican president, so it would be hypocritical of me to not respect Obama AS president. The "not my president" stuff is juvenile and disrespectful of the system that makes our society possible.

46 posted on 02/05/2009 7:31:20 AM PST by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life Capitalist American Atheist and Free-Speech Junkie)
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To: DumpsterDiver
"At Last" by Emma Taylor, with a hand from Terry Fator About one minute into the video.
47 posted on 02/05/2009 7:31:52 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: gracesdad
I see the Obama trolls are still here.
Odd , I thought you lefties ranting about dissent as being patriotic ?
48 posted on 02/05/2009 7:32:53 AM PST by ncalburt (Read all about)
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To: Smogger

Who’s she?


49 posted on 02/05/2009 7:33:35 AM PST by MilspecRob (Most people don't act stupid, they really are.)
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To: Julia H.

There are no stupid questions...just stupid people.


50 posted on 02/05/2009 7:33:42 AM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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