Mele Kalikimaka: Matthew Morrison Serenades the Obama Family

Emily Abbate

Matthew Morrison, a familiar face to Glee fans, showed off his talent and boyish good looks when he serenaded some D.C. politicos on TNT's Christmas in Washington. He began with a beautiful version of "I'll be home for Christmas," then Mr. Shue Morrison launched into the Hawaiian classic, "Mele Kalikimaka," complete with ukulele. His song choice showed that he might be hiding some political savvy behind those adorable dimples.

"Mele Kalikimaka" was written in 1949 by Robert Alex Anderson and is from a Hawaiian phrase meaning "Merry Christmas." It was first made famous when Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sister sang it in 1950. A few decades later, it was featured in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, making it familiar to a whole new generation.

Morrison's song selection was a calculated choice to please a familiar face sitting in the front row. As he sang, President Obama was seen laughing, smiling, putting his arm around his wife, and soaking up every word.

For the unaware, the 44th president of the U.S. was actually born in Honolulu. And after bouncing to and from Indonesia with his family, he went back to his birthplace to live with his grandparents from fifth grade through high school.

Yup, it's true. Morrison's a suck-up. But I mean, if you're gonna suck up to someone -- at least he's picked a good target. Oh, and doing it on national TV? He's a smart man, after all!

What do you think of this Hawaiian Christmas classic?

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