Back in 2003, Clay Aiken was very busy on May 26th. He and Ruben visited the Today Show. Katie Couric was the anchor back then and she presented the two American Idols to the Today Show audience. Both Clay and Ruben had been running from different TV shows, to radio interviews, to business meetings about their careers. They were obviously tired, but happy.
It was a Monday and it was Memorial Day……and it was raining hard! Katie interviewed Ruben alone and then Clay alone. Katie admitted that her younger daughter was an original Claymate. Katie took as much time with Clay as she did with Ruben. In the next segment, they all went outside with umbrellas and got under tents. Katie asked both Ruben and Clay some more questions and then Clay and Ruben performed “I’m Proud To Be An American.”
The videos for this performance are terrible. I could not find any quality ones anywhere. However, I still am posting two YouTubes. The first is the Clay interview and the second is the duet. It’s fun to see such an early performance and interview. It’s hard to realize that it has been 6 years!!