Violinist challenges President Obama: Learn and perform Ukraine National Anthem in 5 minutes

The purpose of the President's anthem challenge is to create a bid for peace in the eastern bloc.
By: Sparse Group
MINNEAPOLIS - April 29, 2014 - PRLog -- President Obama has received an extraordinary challenge in light of European conflict: Learn to play the Ukranian national anthem--on the violin.

Issuing the challenge is Brooks Hanes, a Los Angeles-born violinist and Minnesota resident. Mr. Hanes' challenges and educational organizations have previously appeared on Paul Harvey "Rest of the Story" (

"The challenge is for President Obama to take five minutes to learn a violin song, which I will teach him, and perform on video to demonstrate to the world his efforts at peace-making," Hanes restated when asked of his intention.

President Obama could not be reached for comment. However, Mr. Hanes humorously concedes, the President "may not be overly busy when his new violin skills come into play during a serenading of the First Lady."

After arriving in Washington and meeting, Mr. Hanes and the President Obama would be ushered into a mobile TV video studio to engage a mini-violin-bootcamp, presented by Hanes and his other violin coaches. The plan is to air the video globally and issue the next challenge to another country: Russia.

In fact, Russian president Vladimir Putin is next on Hanes' list, he says. "World peace is forged by simple tokens--beautiful music being primary... but trust is torn via weapons with good intentions," a wistful Hanes reported when pressed.

More information about Mr. Hanes and his I Can Play Violin! systems and school can be found at

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