President Obama Slow Jams The News With Jimmy Fallon [Video]

Rucuss staffApril 25, 2012

President Barack Obama made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and he used his musical side to talk about lowering student loans.

Obama and Fallon decided to slow-game the student loan issue in front of a live audience with the Roots playing in the background on the campus of the University of North Carolina on Tuesday. The President stuck to a speech that backs up his proposal for lowering interest rates for student loans while background music played. But it was Fallon who gives a bit of humor during the speech.

It began with Fallon who said, “I want to slow jam the news and I’m not the only one.” Then the stage curtains opened to reveal Obama. The President then said, “I am President Barack Obama, and I too want to slow jam the news.”

Obama then jumps into his speech:

On July first of this year the interest rate on Stafford student loans, the same loans many of you use to help pay for college, are set to double. That means some hard working students will be paying about a thousand dollars extra just to get their education. So I’ve called on Congress to prevent this from happening. What we’ve said is simple: Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people.

Jimmy Fallon: Aww yeah! You should listen to the President or, as I like to call him, the Preezy of the United Steezy. Things are heating up inside of Congress’s chambers, behind all those closed doors, so the president made a few discreet calls across the aisle. He said ‘Hey, let’s get together on this one.’ Without an affordable Stafford loan where can the student t turn?  … With college getting more expensive, is it enough by itself to satisfy all your collegiate needs? Ah, Pell no!

Tariq Trotter from The Roots sings: “Oh Pell no. If Congress doesn’t act it’s the students who pay. The right and left should join on this, like Kim and Kanye,” sings.

President Obama: Now there’s some in Congress who disagree. They say keeping the interest rate low isn’t the way to help our students. 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. But their position is that students just have to make this rate increase work. Frankly I don’t buy it.

Jimmy Fallon: Mmm-mmm-mmm! The Barackness Monster ain’t buying it. We all know our legislative bodies in the House, tossing and turning late into the night, but still Republicans disagree and could even filibuster. But, if they do, the president said, they’re gonna feel it, buster.

Tariq sings: “The GOP is steady saying ‘No, no no!’ They should find something new to do like Tim Tebow.”

Obama ended it by with, “Let’s keep the rates down on college loans.”

Watch the musical speech below.


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