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President slow-jams the 'news' with Jimmy Fallon
President Barack Obama slow-jammed the news with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night from North Carolina -- or more specifically, Obama slow-jammed his position on keeping interest rates low on Stafford loans. The rates are to rise this summer.
This is one of those clips that must be seen to a.) be believed, and b.) talked about. It may be the shrewdest, most effective TV campaign stop before a Gen X, Y or Z audience since Bill Clinton blew on his sax.
Of course it's certain to be controversial as well, to those who say that by appearing on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," the president is mixing entertainment with a serious issue (he is), or somehow doing something demeaning to the presidency (this is a campaign stop, however), or spending more time slow-jammin' his positions than actually selling them to Congress. Interesting to see how this falls out, if at all.
Meanwhile as far as interviews go, this was a successful outing for the president. Fallon is a perfect stop for anybody really because he asks difficult questions almost grudgingly; his style is of the sort that would make Regis Philbin look like Mike Wallace.
He begins by first, telling the president "I love you," then by asking about what he watches on TV in his "man cave."
The prez, for the record, does endorse "Key and Peele" (which if you've not seen, worth Googling; Luther, Obama's "anger translator" is very funny). That clip is below this one.