Kelly Clarkson Remembers Her Awkward First Encounter with President Obama

Kelly Clarkson
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Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson can sing in front of thousands of people, but she definitely got flustered introducing then "baby Senator" Barack Obama at a political function. Clarkson recalled her nervous moment  during an appearance on Tuesday night's (Oct. 4) Late Night with Seth Meyers, as she was promoting her new children's book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby.

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Clarkson told the tale in her own adorably goofy way, explaining that Grammy Award-winning artists were invited to speak in front of the Senate, and the American Idol  winner felt she "nailed" her hour-long presentation. She was received so well, she was asked to introduce the then Junior Senator, who had just won a Grammy for Best Spoken Word album.

"I was like, 'that's not real,'" Clarkson told Meyers."That sounds made up, because I'm a singer, I don't know." Clarkson took to the microphone to introduce Obama in front of the Senate, but botched the name of the name of his book -- mixing up Dreams From My Father with the Luther Vandross song, "Dance with My Father."

"I wanted to die," she said. "Everybody was like 'you'll never see him again," Three months later, he is running for President..[I said] 'that guy will win, just to screw me.'"

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Happily, she said, Obama never brings it up, and she did get that gig performing at his inauguration in 2013. So, seems like it's all good.

River Rose and the Magical Lullaby is a sweet story inspired by the singer's daughter, River Rose. Parents will appreciate how Clarkson captures the excitement of a child who is anticipating a big day at the zoo -- but is too excited to fall asleep. Her mother -- Kelly -- sings the adorable lullaby to her daughter, as she drifts asleep with visions of penguins and animals in her dreams. The Texas native also released a lyric video as a musical companion for the book.

The book is available for order at

Watch Clarkson with Meyers below:


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