Obama With Fallon: The Prez Slow Jams The News

Television
by Caryn James
April 25, 2012 2:06 AM
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President Obama had a clear political agenda in visiting Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, on the road at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: reaching out to young voters and more specifically lobbying against a Congressional threat to increase interest on student loans. But how cool is it that he slow-jammed the news, a Late Night feature that seems surreal enough when Brian Williams does it? 

Here’s the highlight of the President’s appearance.

The actual interview didn't come close to making news. When the President  answered a Twitter question, it wasn’t exactly a shock to hear him say “We’re not going to legalize weed.” But it did show how deft he is at using humor, as he deflected a question about the Secret Service prostitute scandal – calling those agents “knuckleheads”  kind of defuses the whole thing.  

On the next page, watch the interview, about life in the White House - Barack and Bo in the Mancave! - the importance of education, and how long it took to pay off his own student loans.   

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