John Kennedy, one of the most outspokenly conservative members of the United States Senate, whipped out his pipes on Thursday in an effort to convince hesitant Americans to get their COVID-19 vaccinations.
Kennedy is well known in political media circles for his homespun folksiness and sometimes mean assessments of his political rivals, which can cause embarrassment for anyone nostalgic for a more civil political discourse.
Thus, Kennedy’s video message, which was posted to The Hill‘s YouTube channel, was entirely on brand for Louisiana’s junior Republican Senator.
After singing a couple of verses from John Barry and Don Black’s 1966 hit song Born Free, Kennedy concluded his 30-second performance with an urgent plea:
I’m Senator John Kennedy. I can’t sing very well but I’m free. Be free. Be cool. Get the vaccine. I did. It works.
Here are the lyrics for those who feel the urge to sing along – if you must:
Born free, as free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart
Live free and beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds youSee Also
Each time you look at a star
Recent polling has shown dangerous levels of reticence to get vaccinated for the potentially deadly pathogen, particularly among Republican men. So if Kennedy’s self-effacing crooning can get the attention of a few of his constituents to get vaccinated? That makes all safer.
As of this publication, 574,558 Americans have lost their lives to COVID-19, according to Worldometers.info/coronavirus.
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Brandon is a political writer for the Hill Reporter specializing in current events, breaking news, and scientific discovery. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. He lives in New York City.