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US ambassador jams with Mike Huckabee in Jerusalem

David Friedman sits in on ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ with former Arkansas governor’s band

Amb Friedman and Gov Huckabee Rock

שגריר ארה"ב בישראל דוד פרידמן ניגן אמש בירושלים עם להקתו של מושל מדינת ארקנסו לשעבר, מייק האקאבי. החבר'ה עשו חיים, אבל אל דאגה, אין לשגריר כוונות לעזוב את התפקיד ולפצוח בקריירה של רוק סטאר.Ambassador David Friedman was invited by Governor Mike Huckabee to play along with his band in Jerusalem last night. A good time was had by all! Don't worry, the Ambassador will be keeping his day job.

Posted by U.S. Embassy Jerusalem on Wednesday, February 13, 2019

US Ambassador David Friedman on Wednesday tweeted a video of himself playing Lynyrd Skynyrd with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee at an event in Jerusalem the previous night.

Friedman played guitar to the band’s 1974 classic “Sweet Home Alabama” in front of an enthusiastic audience at a dinner event.

Huckabee is a longtime musician who formed his band with members of his staff in 1996, shortly after becoming governor. He plays bass in the group, called Capitol Offense because most members worked in the state capitol.

“Just some guys going down to the basement of the governor’s mansion and jamming,” Huckabee told the Washington Post.

The band performs classic rock covers and has opened for Willie Nelson, Grand Funk Railroad and Percy Sledge.

Huckabee is a longtime supporter of Israel who first visited in 1973 and has become a prominent backer of the settlement enterprise. He filmed segments for Fox News while in Israel this week.

He is a confidant of President Donald Trump, and his daughter, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is White House spokesperson.

Huckabee was not the first musician to grace the halls of Arkansas’s state capitol. Former US president and Arkansas governor Bill Clinton was famous for playing the saxophone.

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