Wednesday, February 21, 2024

President Obama Opening Act for NBC Four Presidents Show Tonight


NBC isn’t doing much to promote it, but right after President Obama’s speech tonight, there’s a great hour long music special with the other four living prezzes: two Bushes, Clinton, and Carter.

Since there have been no promos it’s hard to know who made the final cut. But my guess is you’ll see Sam Moore and Cee Lo Green singing a medley of Sam’s “Hold On I’m Coming” and “Soul Man.” There’s also Mavis Staples with Jonny Lang on “Gotta Serve Somebody.” Reba McEntire does a lot of the hosting and sings, as do Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley, and Kid Rock. They may even include speeches by Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and Bush 43.

The show was produced at the Kennedy Center by George Stevens Jr and his son Michael Stevens with talent coordination by Danette Herman, who also works on the Oscars and the Emmys. George Bush 41 was honored for his Points of Light organization, which is underwritten by Sheikh Al-Thani of Qatar, Philip Morris, Texan big oil companies, the Carlyle Group.

What a night!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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