How Sweet… Hawaiian Singer Performs “Occupy Aloha” Protest Song For Obama at APEC Summit …(Gee, Ya Think That Was Staged?)
How sweet. Hawaiian singer Matthew Swalinkavich, or Makana, sang a crappy “Occupy Oloha” protest song for Barack and Michelle Obama at the APEC Summit in Hawaii.
He later spoke with CNN about this brave move to promote socialism.
Well done, David Axelrod!
A Hawaiian folk singer played an “Occupy Aloha” protest song at a dinner for world leaders at the APEC Summit.
The AFP reported:
A popular Hawaiian recording artist turned a top-security dinner of Pacific Rim leaders hosted by President Barack Obama into a subtle protest with a song in support of the “Occupy” movement.
Makana, who goes by one name, was enlisted to play a luau, or Hawaiian feast, Saturday night for leaders assembled in Obama’s birthplace Honolulu for an annual summit that is formulating plans for a Pacific free-trade pact.
But in the midst of the dinner on the resort strip Waikiki Beach, he pulled open his jacket to reveal a T-shirt that read “Occupy with Aloha,” using the Hawaiian word whose various meanings include love and peace. He then sang a marathon version of his new song “We Are The Many.”
“I was pretty nervous. In fact I was terrified. I kept thinking ‘what are the consequences going to be?'” Makana, 33, told AFP.
“It was incredibly comical. I was terrified but also enjoying it,” he said.
Makana, who was born Matthew Swalinkavich, said the song prompted awkward stares from a few of those present but the Obamas appeared too absorbed with their guests to notice what was happening.
The performance occurred at a dinner for summit participants from 21 economies around the Asia-Pacific, including Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, amid a security lockdown in Waikiki.