April 24th, 2012
09:09 PM ET
3 years ago

Obama 'slow jams' the news

(CNN) – It's an honor that - until now - had been reserved for NBC News anchor Brian Williams: "slow jamming" the news with Jimmy Fallon.

But the "Late Night" host was joined by a new, and temporary, partner on Tuesday.

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President Barack Obama joined Fallon for a so-called "slow jam" in an appearance taped while visiting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

"What we've said is simple: now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people," Obama said, with the jazz tones behind him.

"Awww yeah, you should listen to the president," Fallon crooned. "Or as I like to call him, The Preezy of the United Steezy."

"Things were heating up inside Congress' chambers, behind all those closed doors," he continued.

Asked later in the interview for his impression of the likely GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, Obama said he knows him, "but we're not friends."

"He seems like somebody who cares deeply about his family, and his wife is lovely," Obama said.

Obama also spoke on the recent scandal involving Secret Service agents, praising the service and calling those involved with prostitutes while on a trip to Colombia "knuckleheads."


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  1. DJCowboy

    Sorry, every time I hear Brian Williams I think of his hot daughter Allison Williams, she's on the new show 'Girls' HBO. She's hot as all get out

    April 24, 2012 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  2. Kyon

    The fact that Mitt is forerunner of the Republican party just shows that there is a huge majority of people in the Republican party are just in the party for show and their true mindset and ideals are more liberal in nature. This is why George Washington never affiliated with an actual party and what he warned America about what would happen in the future. We stop looking at the issues and start looking at picking sides to divide our country even though we think and believe in very similar things. In the end everyone is pretty much the same with minor differences splitting us apart. I don't belong to any party except for the one called the United States of America or better yet Humanity, or what I would like to call the "The United Empire of Earth"

    April 24, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  3. Dawn

    Kyon, I like what you said. I personally think your first statement goes both ways, for both parties I mean. I am not sure if we ought to be called an "empire," but I get what you're aiming at and wish more people thought the same way. The United States are hardly united due (in my opinion) mostly to Americans' absurdly strong sense of freedom, so strong so that it overpowers the sense of civility and civilization.

    April 24, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  4. Darlene Ayars-Feazell

    Kyon: Amen!!!

    April 24, 2012 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  5. matthewdd

    @albie
    That is because your vote is chosen by only topical issues, not based on research on what matters. This isn't TRL.

    April 24, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  6. Alex

    albie: watch who you're calling "base/lowlife." I am a 29-year-old attorney who finds Obama much more likable and relatable because he does things like slow jam the news and fist bump. He has shown innumerable times that he can be deadly serious when the situation calls for it, but it's good to know that he's not a stiff like every major Republican candidate.

    April 24, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Stevetundra

    Obama spends more time on TV then he does in the Whitehouse!!!!! Actually, maybe that's a good thing. Let's time spent doing damage to our country!!!!!

    April 24, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. Uncle Sam

    Now only thing left to do if for Obama to "slow jam" out of the white house and take his anti gun policies and NDAA act with him. Nothing is more scary to me than a president who ammends the constitution making it possible to take away our rights to a lawyer and trial. Then wants to disarm Americans at the same time. Also why did the DHLS buy 450 million rounds of ammo recently? A 2nd Term "nothing to lose" or should I say "flexible" Obama is VERY VERY SCARY!

    April 25, 2012 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  9. raed

    i am very impreased with Obama

    April 25, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  10. Morgan Hill

    No, no stevetundra, President Obama has done an incredible job at moving our country toward a better tomorrow. Now the Republicans have done nothing but sat on the side lines during these last three years, hoping & praying that our country fails. Now would you say that is what Americans pay politicians to do, sit and pray for us to fail, and they claim to love America. Sounds like a bunch of hypocrats to me. They are a sad bunch, cold hearted, close minded.

    April 25, 2012 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  11. toadears

    I am sick of watching the media pander to political parties. I don't care which one. Report the news, you hacks!

    April 25, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  12. John

    Obama spends more time on TV, and in colleges, in short: any place that he can "grab" potential voters. So far, not only he accomplished ZERO, but caused more damage (people on welfare were in 2007 33 million, today 70 million!). We know that he came to the White House without knowledge and the right experience, but for how long can one be a "president in training"?

    April 25, 2012 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  13. 2Stevetundra

    Stevetundra if mittens becomes the POTUS he will in France tuning his french cooking lessons and perfecting the art of fine wine tasting while america burns !!!

    April 25, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  14. Anonymous

    Romney Who! I will cross lines this year for the first time in my life and VOTE for Obama! Romney is a tell you what you want to hear lier!

    April 25, 2012 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  15. Andrew

    I always found Fallon very unfunny especially on SNL and never understood why he got a late night TV show.

    April 25, 2012 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  16. Dominicant baby factory 4 NObama

    Yeah...solve the high costs of education by throwing more money at it, genius, NOT...wherever there is gov't money the costs rise because they know people will go and get gov't money, just like the housing bubble or health care.

    April 25, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  17. julien vergara

    Dont let obama work so our deficit will not increase.

    April 25, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  18. Marty

    Steve, "Let's time spent doing damage to our country" ?????? Makes no sense.

    April 25, 2012 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  19. jesse

    Well Steve tell those camera men to stay away from him.How do you know he is spending more time on TV?That means you are the same. Blame your self. Get away from TV.

    April 25, 2012 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  20. redundent

    Stevetundra
    waaa... waaa... shut up and pay your taxs job creator.

    April 25, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  21. Uncle Sam

    maybe Obama should try out for American Idol

    April 25, 2012 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  22. Essie

    Pres. Obama at his finest...relating & having fun with the American people! Way to go!!! OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!!

    April 25, 2012 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  23. tony

    This president is such a liar. He came from money. His grandparents were owners of the Bank of Hawaii. Perhaps if he re-privatized student loans and focused on job creation...but that would reframe the discussion in a way that makes our communist in chief unconfortable. He's had his chance. He is a failure. Please vote him out of office, for the sake of our kids' futures.

    April 25, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  24. Name

    This is just to funny.

    April 25, 2012 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  25. Cheryl Bonham

    I pray that Obama serves another term. Let him know the changes he has made with Congress has been great. I like his family values. Also his honesty when it came to a hard road, but he has done it. Thank you for serving. I hope to see you soon again in office.

    April 25, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
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