Singing for a Cause
ACCRA, Ghana -- Rest easy, everyone. President Bush didn't sing. But Jordin Sparks did.
Last year's "American Idol" winner belted out the national anthem at the U.S. ambassador's residence here today as part of her campaign against malaria in Africa. Bush cheered but did not join in.
"By prevailing on last season's 'American Idol,' Jordin showed the world she has a great voice," the president said after she finished. "Raising awareness about malaria means that she has got great compassion and a big heart."
A special charity edition of the show last year raised $17 million for Malaria No More, a private group that has used the funding along with other donations to provide long-lasting insecticide-treated bed nets to more than 2 million mothers and children in five African countries.
The president and first lady went on the show last year -- "not because of our voices," he noted today -- and the program will repeat itself on April 9 to again raise funds to fight malaria.
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-- Peter Baker
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