It’s not quite him singing Al Green, but Barack Obama doing a “Slow Jam the News,” bit during his appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon was pretty brilliant.

The Roots provided accompaniment with Black Thought doing most of the crooning, Jimmy Fallon did…what he does, and our President brought the pain with some swagger and a comprehensive set of facts about student loan interest rate reform. He even made a corny, but earnest attempt at dropping the microphone “Sexual Chocolate”-style. Watch:

Remember back when the funkiest thing a president had ever done on a late-night show was to play the saxophone? Come to think of it, Bill Clinton jammed out on Arsenio Hall in 1992 before he was elected, so yeah…Obama’s awkward hipness has officially passed the presidential trailblazing mark.

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  • Em.

    Why do I have feelings of ambivalence watching this?

  • S.

    You’re not alone Em lol

    I was thinking… ‘Should a current President being doing this?’ lmao
    But I guess the First Black President can get away with being this cool and laid back *kanye shrug*

  • omfg

    epic.

  • Pat

    * Obama 2012 *

  • Wow!

    Obama would never go on Arseno, swagtastic as he is, of course. I’ll give the cool nod to Clinton