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

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.

Presented by

David A. 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.

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well. Bestselling author Mark Bittman teaches James Hamblin the recipe that everyone is Googling.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

How to Cook Spaghetti Squash (and Why)

Cooking for yourself is one of the surest ways to eat well.

Video

Before Tinder, a Tree

Looking for your soulmate? Write a letter to the "Bridegroom's Oak" in Germany.

Video

The Health Benefits of Going Outside

People spend too much time indoors. One solution: ecotherapy.

Video

Where High Tech Meets the 1950s

Why did Green Bank, West Virginia, ban wireless signals? For science.

Video

Yes, Quidditch Is Real

How J.K. Rowling's magical sport spread from Hogwarts to college campuses

Video

Would You Live in a Treehouse?

A treehouse can be an ideal office space, vacation rental, and way of reconnecting with your youth.

More in Politics

Just In