Quote of the Day: Obama Wants to Slow-Jam the News

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Have the president's attempts to display his coolness gone too far?

Whatever else his failings, it's clear that Barack Obama is a hip dude, from his Jay-Z-filled iPod to his popularity among young voters. But even the hippest people can try too hard, and while we'll withhold judgment until there's video, we're a little worried about what went down in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where the president was filming Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. From the White House pool report:

After Fallon said he wanted to "slow-jam the news," Obama came out from behind a curtain at 2:28 p.m., to wild cheers from the crowd.

"I'm president Barack Obama, and I, too, want to slow-jam the news," the president said....

Background singer serenaded Obama as "the POTUS with the most-est."

For those not in the know, or who go to bed before Fallon's show comes on, "Slow-Jam the News" is a recurring segment during which the comedian delivers a report on current events in the style of a romantic R&B crooner. Here's a previous version:

Meanwhile, White House online media honcho Jesse Lee cracks that this is really nothing new:

When will the White House come clean about Obama's R&B performing habits? We already know about his Al Green performance. But until the administration offers a full account of whether the president has ever crooned his way through a cabinet meeting or exercised his pipes during the presidential daily briefing, the public will be unable to vet him.

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David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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