January 21, 2013 09:55 AM by Stephanie Gustafson
Kelly Clarkson may not always agree with President Obama, but she’s still happy to take part in his second inauguration ceremony! Following a bit of 2012 election drama, the American Idol alum and current Duets star is putting aside her political differences and honoring Barack Obama with a performance of My Country ‘Tis Of Thee.
She may consider herself a “Republican at heart,” but Kelly Clarkson is not one to refuse an invite to sing at the 2013 inauguration. While getting ready for the big performance last night, Kelly retweeted pal Ashley Arrison’s Instagram picture of the seating at the Capitol, adding the sarcastic quip, “At least it’s not overwhelming.”
Kelly’s used to big audiences, so we’re sure she’ll perform well under pressure. But what we’re really wondering is how the singer will handle the negative feedback from fans and foes alike. Kelly attracted a lot of attention last year when she tweeted her support for then presidential candidate Ron Paul: “If he wins the nomination for the Republican party in 2012 he’s got my vote. Too bad he probably won’t.”
Her prediction about Ron Paul’s failure to win the nomination proved correct, but what Kelly could not have predicted was how much this tweet would anger even the most devoted of her fans. She later explained the reasoning behind her Ron Paul support to Rolling Stone. “He doesn’t BS around anything. I was like, ‘This dude is refreshing.’ All I did was tweet what I thought, and people went crazy!”
Following the backlash, Kelly Clarkson issued an apology and brief explanation surrounding her political beliefs. “I like Ron Paul because he believes in less government and letting the people (all of us) make the decisions and mold our country. That is all. Out of all of the Republican nominees, he’s my favorite.”
Despite her political stance, Kelly still thinks Barack Obama is a “great guy,” and is happy to help him celebrate during the 2013 inauguration ceremony!
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