President Barack Obama is a pretty affable guy, with a musical IQ far more advanced than say George W. Bush or even the saxophone-playing Bill Clinton.
A pretty good example of Obama’s pop-music savvy was on display last night at BET’s “Love and Happiness” event, which took place on the White House South Lawn. After a flurry of performances from star-studded artists, Obama hit the dance floor like a hip-shaking millennial, dancing to the sultry tune of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”
Usher was there to take video of the incident, which shows Obama shutting down the scene as only a president can.
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As his eight years as commander in chief winds down, Obama is clearly letting loose, taking time to party and probably embarrass his two teenage daughters. Hell, he’s even offered us a rousing cover of “Hotline Bling,” courtesy of the internet. That aside, Obama is still taking his job seriously: Just a couple weeks ago, he gave Bill Clinton a firm reprimand for not boarding Air Force One as quickly as possible, which is a solid indication of him handling pertinent matters unrelated to Drake, dancing and being cool.
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Sam Blum is a News Staff Writer for Thrillist. He's also a martial arts and music nerd who appreciates a fine sandwich and cute dogs. Find his clips in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, The A.V. Club and Vice. He's on Twitter @Blumnessmonster.