Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 | 2 a.m.
The national anthem belongs to the people, not some entertainer who can sing in a note range that only a very few can.
On opening night of the National Finals Rodeo, Clay Walker sang a patriotic version of the “Star-Spangled Banner,” whereas on Day 2, entertainer Susie Dobbs sang an unpatriotic version. The proof was in the audience participation — it sang with Walker but not with Dobbs.
While it might be enjoyable to hear some entertainer show off her singing skills on another song in a different venue, stealing the anthem at the NFR was just unpatriotic.
As an aside, many Americans don’t know the words of the “Star-Spangled Banner” or the story behind it. Singing it in a range that all could sing would go far to helping them learn both — that would be American!