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Yo-Yo Ma Nailed in Presidential Cover Up

1/23/2009 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

There was a giant government conspiracy at Obama's inauguration -- concocted to keep Yo-Yo Ma from being exposed as a fraud!

The most famous classical musician on the planet pulled an Ashlee Simpson of sorts at Obama's inauguration -- as in, the music you heard was really a tape recording of his group that they had made two days before the ceremony!

Mr. Ma claims the deception was in the best interests of the country, because it was just too cold for his all-star string quartet's instruments to stay in tune.

Yo Yo MaBefore you go comparing them to Milli V, however, let's be clear: Yo-Yo, Itzy, and the others actually played on that track -- and they also played live, exactly in sync.

And Mr. Ma gave us fair warning when we caught up with him before of the chill factor.

(Aretha, by the way, sang live, but her backing music was taped.)


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I never heard of Ma or Yo-Yo but I will never forget that music. I felt like it was telling a story, as far as I am concerned it was magical. I guess that is because the dudes playing it were actual musicians, unlike all the other Yahoo's who were preforming around Washington.

2099 days ago


Just another example of more to come? Words that clearly describe the Obama Presidency... fake, deceitful, mis-leading, smokescreen, illusional, delusional, dis-honest, unrealistic, plastic, cunning, deviate, untrustworthy, sneaky, parasite, brainwashing, inexperienced, selfish, greedy, unaware, and liar. I could go on, but I think you likely get the idea.

(please please, before drawing your ever so popular "race card".. do note that not even one word has a color? Seems the only ones seeing color in my 'opinion' would be those that are quick to draw that dreaded crutch called "racist")..

2099 days ago

Sooooo tired of the TMZ ignorance    

I think this website owes Yoyo Ma and President Obama an apology. Fraud is a very strong term. I have been to many symphonies, some in the park, some by water. Any string instrument (this includes the piano) will QUICKLY and noticeably go out of tune if the humidity and/or temperature change in even the slightest way. I have personally seen it happen several times. I think rather than trying so desperately to embarrass an honourable, world renowned musician and a President, you (TMZ) might have been a little more credible and reported these facts that are easily accessible on the internet rather than passing this unfortunate judgment. But then I guess ignorance is your bread and butter. I think, now, I am finally done with your site.

2099 days ago
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