There are a lot of politicians who like to sing or play instruments in front of the public. You may remember President Clinton’s saxophone performances, President Putin’s ‘Blueberry Hill’ or Obama’s ‘Sweet Home Chicago’. We do not know if PM Viktor Orbán ever played an instrument but we do know that he did not shy away from singing during his long political career. We show you three videos of three very different occasions when Orbán was singing in public.
The 1990 elections were the first free elections in Hungary after the Communist regime between 1944 and 1949. Orbán and his party, the Fidesz (Alliance of Young Democrats), wanted to represent the problems of the young people in the new, freely-elected parliament. Since most of them were in their 20s or early 30s, it was understandable that one of their main campaign events was a concert in Budapest.
The ‘End of the regime house party’ was organised four days before the first round of the democratic elections. It featured many famous Hungarian musicians and rock stars. And the last song was sung together with the leaders of the Fidesz. Interestingly, the first name called on stage was not Orbán’s, but Gábor Fodor’s, who was more popular back then than the current prime minister. In 1993, Fodor left Fidesz claiming that the party turned to the right.
And what did they sing? Beatrice’s ‘Azok a boldog szép napok’. HERE you can check out the lyrics in English. The red star you may see in the video was broken in two during the concert.
This video was uploaded on the prime minister’s official Facebook page, so he had no intention to hide it. He sang along with Hungarian actor Károly Nemcsák. Nemcsák became the director of the József Attila Theatre in Budapest in 2011. They sang a song titled ‘Jó estét kívánok, megjöttek a fehérvári huszárok’ (in English: Good evening, the hussars from Fehérvár have arrived’).
PM Orbán was born and finished his studies in Székesfehérvár. Here is the video:
In 2018, Fidesz gained its third consecutive supermajority in the general elections. After the results, the prime minister addressed the cheering fans and sang the Kossuth song on stage with members of his government and other Fidesz leaders. In short, the Kossuth song cheers the independence of Hungary. HERE you can find its English translation.
The politicians start singing at 5.20 in the video below: