He's the most powerful man in Maryland, and perhaps even a future president. And he spent Monday night strumming the banjo by the City Dock in Annapolis.
Yes, that was Gov. Martin O'Malley crooning Irish tunes along the brick promenade, a spokeswoman confirmed.
"There's no back story. He was there. He was playing," said spokeswoman Nina Smith. "It wasn't planned."
The governor even managed to collect tips from passersby, which he donated to the poor box at nearby St. Mary's Parish, Smith said.
Wearing a Ravens T-shirt, cargo shorts and flip-flops, the governor played the traditional folk songs he normally sings with his band, O'Malley's March.
Smith didn't know what prompted the impromptu concert or just how long the governor played.
The photo raises some interesting questions about O'Malley's possible run for president, most notably: Where would he busk on Pennsylvania Avenue?