Missourian Neal E. Boyd to perform for President Obama during visit

11:10 PM, Mar 9, 2010   |    comments
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By Ann Rubin

KSDK -- On Wednesday, President Barack Obama will pay a visit to Missouri, making stops in St. Charles and downtown St. Louis. He'll appear at St. Charles High School for a speech on healthcare beginning at 3:50 p.m. He'll then head to the Renaissance Grand in St. Louis for a fundraiser for Senator Claire McCaskill, scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

While crews are busy setting up the rooms, one southeast Missouri man is doing a little preparing of his own. Singer Neal E. Boyd, previous winner of the show "America's Got Talent," will perform for the President.

"I want to show him how it's done in Missouri," Boyd said. "I just want to have some fun with this. I really want to change some hearts and inspire."

Boyd plans to sing his rendition of "God Bless the USA," as well as a number of other songs. He calls it an honor and says he hopes to rise to the occasion.

"I feel so proud right now. I just can't explain it," he said.

This isn't Boyd's first time singing for a President. He sang for Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. Still, he admits he is a little nervous.



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