News: President Obama Slow Jams W/ The Roots, Jimmy Fallon [Video]
Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012 9:41AM
United States President Barack Obama showed off his lighter side Tuesday (April 24) night by appearing on the "Jimmy Fallon Show" and slow-jamming the topic of Stafford Student Loans.
Backed up by The Roots and Jimmy Fallon ad-libs, Barack delivered a slowed down speech.
When "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" headed to the University of North Carolina for special taping on Tuesday (Apr. 24), the show received a very special, powerful guest: President Barack Obama. Among other things, the President turned his stance on Stafford Student Loans into a sensual R&B cut on the late-night show's long-running segment "Slow-Jammin' the News." As President Obama began discussing the troubling interest rates of Stafford Student Loans, house band the Roots gave him a slick beat and some heavy bass. Roots leader Black Thought rapped, "If the Congress doesn't act it's the students who pay/The right and left should get together like Kim and Kanye." (Billboard)
While Fallon continued to keep the crowd giggling, Obama kept stern on the topic's seriousness.
Looking into the camera while the Roots laid down a silky groove, Obama said, "On July 1st of this year the interest rates on Stafford student loans, the same loans that many of you use to help pay for college are set to double. And that means some hard-working students will be paying about $1,000 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." (MTV)
The comedic host also gave President Obama a nickname during the set.
"Oh 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." With college getting more expensive, is it enough by itself to satisfy all your collegiate needs? Ah, Pell no!" (Washington Post)
Student loans have remained a hot topic as the federal debt has hit record highs.
President Obama wants Congress to extend the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which would freeze interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans for one year. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Kantrowitz, a student loan expert and publisher of FinAid.org for a primer on student loans and repayments. The nation's student loan debt burden is massive. It now exceeds a trillion dollars. That's more than the nation's credit card debt. (NPR)
Check out the "Jimmy Fallon Show" segment below: