Forever president Barack Obama will be the first guest on David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show, My Next Guests Needs No Introduction, premiering on Friday. In the run up to the interview, the streaming service released a clip in which America’s ex-boyfriend—who, like Mariah Carey, is aging in reverse—proves that even in 63 second chunks, he is still the coolest person you, me, or your Uncle Roscoe, who calls himself “A Grown and Sexy DJ,” have ever seen.
What’s remarkable about this clip is that it is undeniably cool despite the fact that the subject is how uncool he is. Obama is telling Letterman about his “dad dancing” strategy, something that literally anybody else should never do. I don’t care how cool your dad is, if he gets interviewed by David Letterman and starts talking about this “dancing strategy,” rush the stage and tackle him.
But Obama is no regular dad. He’s a cool dad.
First of all, he begins this story by talking about being on stage with Prince. PRINCE. When will your fave ever compare?! “Dancing on stage with Prince” is for coolness what “Invited to the cookout” is for blackness. Obama is at your cookout, he is blasting “Darling Nikki,” and he is leading the soul train line.
Dig if you will this picture. This is just a black and white promotional shot released by Netflix. Nevertheless, I saw it and decided I had to upgrade my entire life. I bought all new suits; I hired a dude to trail me at about six paces; I don’t exist in color anymore. That’s the Obama effect.
According to Coolbama (I’m workshopping it; stop yelling), the key to good “dad moves” is “staying in the pocket.” Your fave is literally out here applying lessons he learned at a Tony Robbins seminar to the Electric Slide. I live!
Obama, more than any other dude, is a coolness paradox. Everything he does shouldn’t, logically, be cool. And yet here we are, giving it a lifetime achievement award on MTV or something. Twenty bucks says Obama is P!nk’s new choreographer.
The dancing is hardly the first awkward thing that Obama has breathed coolness into, like Mr. Freeze, if Mr. Freeze was actually not totally embarrassing for everyone.
(Ugh, will we ever live down the shame?)
Remember when Obama made a playlist?! And we were all like “Yas! Give me those grown and sexy tunes, dad!” When is the last time someone who wasn’t a successful recording artist or your high school sweetheart made you a playlist that you thought was actually cool? Remember when everyone was sharing their Spotify Year-in-Review? Were they interesting? Sure. Was it a travesty that Carly Rae Jepsen wasn’t at the top of every list? Absolutely. Did it make you think your friends were cool? Nope.
Obama has continued to release playlists, even after his time in the White House.
Obama’s over here in a backwards Kangol hat, doing a two-step at the cookout, and telling you to listen to Harry Styles and SZA. And if you know what’s good for you, you’ll listen.
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