The Late Movies: Politicians Who Play

Ransom Riggs

I posted a video of Richard Nixon playing the piano this morning, and it got me to wondering -- what other politicians have musical talent? Let's find out -- to YouTube!

There's Condi Rice, of course, who's a classically-trained pianist. Here she is playing for the Queen of England.

Here's Bill Clinton playing the sax on Arsenio Hall, way back in the day. Or way back in the the nineties, at least.

John Ashcroft fancies himself a crooner. If you haven't heard his self-penned "Let the Mighty Eagle Soar," you simply must. For at least a few seconds.

Just in case you haven't gotten your fill of singing officials, here's senator Tom Coburn doing a rendition of "Rocket Man." (I believe he lost a bet.)

The keyboard player for Big Country, Peter Wishart, is a member of Australia's parliament, representing Perth.

Krist Novoselic, Nirvana's bassist, has been active in Washington state politics for a decade or more. Here he is, looking very unlike his grunge-era self, talking about the need for electoral reform.

In case you missed it, here's that clip of Nixon playing piano on television in 1961 -- fun stuff, actually.