Opponents of the newly-inaugurated U.S. President Barack Obama have a new scandal to pounce on after it emerged Tuesday that Beyonce's stirring rendition of the national anthem at the inauguration was lip-synched.
A spokesperson for the Marine Band which performed together with the pop superstar at Monday's official event confirmed to the New York Post that all the music for the inauguration had been pre-recorded in case of bad weather.
Event organizers issued the order to switch to the backing track just before Beyonce went on for what was to have been a live performance.
"We don't know why," Sergeant Kristin duBois said. "But that is what we were instructed to do so that is what we did. It's not because Beyoncé can't sing. We all know Beyoncé can sing. We all know the Marine Band can play."
DuBois said it was standard operating procedure to pre-record all the music for the event in case bad weather makes it difficult for musicians to perform, as happened at the last inauguration.
But right wing media expressed outrage over the revelation. The influential Drudge Report led with the headline "Faked It," while the Rupert-Murdoch-owned New York Post called it "shocking".
The anthem was not the only "faked" part of the event. Obama actually took the oath of office on Sunday at the White House since the U.S. constitution stipulates that the oath must be made on January 20th. By tradition, when the date falls on a Sunday, the public ceremony is held on another day.
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