Late Night: Obama, 'preezy of the United Steezy,' jams with Fallon
Ever since he spontaneously crooned a few notes of Al Green at a fund-raiser earlier this year, Americans have been waiting for President Obama to burst out into song once again. In an appearance on "The Late Show" Tuesday night, the commander in chief did the second-best thing: He "slow jammed" the news with Jimmy Fallon.
The appearance, taped at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, represented the media-savvy Obama family's latest foray into late-night television. First Lady Michelle has been especially ubiquitous lately, including a fitness challenge with Fallon and her gentle ribbing of Stephen Colbert. Fallon has a devoted following among college students, and so the president wisely used the "slow jam" performance to plug his proposal for freezing Stafford student loan interest rates.
Alas, Obama mostly played the straight man, soberly critiquing Republican opposition to his plan. "They say we should be doing everything we can to pay down the national debt. Well, so long as it doesn’t include taxing billionaires," he said (rather than sang).
That left Fallon and Roots vocalist Tariq to deliver the punchlines via song. "The right and left should join on this like Kim and Kanye," Tariq belted out.
"You should listen to the president. Or as I like to call him, the preezy of the United Steezy," Fallon concurred. The boisterous audience clearly seemed to agree.
— Meredith Blake