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Presidential talent show

Ask not what they can do for their country, but what they can do in their spare time.

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Former President Bill Clinton was a well-known saxophone enthusiast and player, serenading audience members with a performance on the Arsenio Hall Show in 1992. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama channeled his inner R&B crooner once again when he slow-jammed the news last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. But Obama isn't the only "Preezy of the United Steezy" who has a knack for activities outside of holding press conferences and flying in Air Force One.

In 1992, former President Bill Clinton brought down the house with a bluesy saxophone performance on the Aresnio Hall Show, earning him the title of "the MTV president" by some conservatives.

While Richard Nixon's name may forever be shroud in a cloud of controversial dust following his resignation 1974, the former president was known to be something of an accomplished pianist and violinist. Despite his outward distaste for the media, Nixon appeared on the Tonight Show with Jack Parr in 1963 and performed a rather stirring version of his own original piece.

Aside from being devilshly good-looking, the late John F. Kennedy proved to have some sturdy sealegs, competing in sailing contests throughout his youth. In 1936, he won the Nantucket Sound Star Class Championship Cup for sailing aboard his boat the Flash II.

Former POTUS Gerald Ford was an All-American football star for the University of Michigan, leading his team to a National championship in 1933. Joining Ford among the ranks of pigskin-throwing presidents is Ronald Reagan who not only acted as an outsanding football player in the 1940 film Knute Rockne, All American, but lived it as a punter for Eureka College. 

Former president Dwight Eisenhower picked up painting following his presidency, with his brushstrokes of genius earning him several of his own art exhibitions. "[He] was a conservative, in art as in many other areas, and he had no time at all for the avant-garde. He felt modern art was morally wrong," according to a White House Historical Association biography of the presidential painter.

And lest not forget our third president, Thomas Jefferson, who had a talent for nearly everything from architecture to invention -- not to mention he could speak five languages. Okay so the man was brilliant, but how was he at slow-jamming?

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120425/presidential-talent-show