Obama shows off his entertainer qualities on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Politicians can either work with pop culture or they can try to outpace it. You see a lot of both. The power of President Barack Obama is that he has always used his power to go viral, his humor, and his overall demeanor to really make an impression on young people. After all, it is the young people that spread something viral and make their older, less informed aunts and uncles on Facebook see it.
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He knows it too. When he reflected on it earlier this year he said that he and Michelle try to “[create] the impression of edginess while also strategically exercising restraint” and try to “make culture work for them, not the other way around.” These tactics have obviously been working for the President and First Lady.
Obama first joined Jimmy Fallon for a "Slow Jam the News" segment back in 2012 when he was up for reelection and last night he did it again.
His slow jam brags about his years in office, including the falling unemployment rate, marriage equalization, and the Affordable Care Act. He even got a dig in at Donald Trump: "Orange is not the new black."
This is obviously the start of his campaign for Hillary Clinton's election in November, which will likely be a continuation of his legacy.
Fallon, never let to anyone have the spotlight for too long, added to the humor: “Oh yeah, President Obama stimulated long-term growth, in both the public and private sector. In 2008, the country wasn’t feeling in the mood, it was too tired and stressed, said it had a headache. Barack lit some candles and got some silky satin sheets and told the American people ‘yes, we can.’” He also said this: “He’s accomplished a lot in eight years, even when Congress tried to block him, he found a way in the back door,” to which Obama replied with a choreographed look of disapproval. In a more excellent and less controversy-baiting moment, Fallon called Obama “the Prez dispenser.”
Watch some of the highlights below:
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