Pres. Obama slow-jams the news, talks education and jobs with Jimmy Fallon

As the election cycle ramps up now that Mitt Romney is officially the Republican nominee, both Gov. Romney and President Obama are going to be doing some funky things to attract votes. As such, Pres. Obama was shilling for young voters on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Pres. Obama came out to “Slow Jam The News” – and it was a pretty decent/funny bit about Pell Grants and student loans:

Here’s Part 1 – Jimmy and the President chat about NCAA. Jimmy is really cute here, you can kind of tell he’s nervous. Pres. Obama says he and Bo (the dog) are the only dudes in the White House, and they go to the “man cave” and watch ESPN.

Part 2 – Jimmy tries to convince the President to do a planned pratfall (Obama refuses). The President also talks about one of his most embarrassing moment.

Obama talking about student loans, college, jobs:

Obama on the Secret Service-Colombian prostitution scandal. Obama calls the agents who hired hookers “knuckleheads”. He also talks about weed and smoking cigarettes and Mitt Romney (“we’re not friends.”)

Wow, that was a lot of Obama, right? But this is one of his greatest strengths, I think – he’s engaging, he’s funny, and he has that natural reticence that comes across as laid-back and cool to some people, and to other people it comes across as being aloof and “elite”. I think Obama’s campaign is going to be putting him in more and more situations where he can look like a regular guy, hanging out and connecting with average Americans, in an attempt to draw an unfavorable comparison to Mitt Romney, who often seems stiff, uncomfortable and robotic in similar situations. Romney has a lot of strengths as a candidate, but he seems a bit lacking with this kind of glad-handing, average-guy-hanging-out stuff. Romney’s campaign will say that this “coolness factor” of Obama’s isn’t important – Romney is the one who knows what to do about the economy, which is more vital than any kind of “coolness”. Romney’s campaign is sort of right – but voters choose the craziest things to care about, so who knows?

Oh, and some girl spilled yogurt on Pres. Obama yesterday – you can read about it here. Obama handled it well and the girl was really embarrassed.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Marjalane says:

    He might be funny and engaging, but he’s proven to be a pretty terrible President. I’ll take boring and robotic next time.

  2. mln76 says:

    Before it gets too political and nasty I have to just say *Squee* I love them both soo soo soo much!!!

  3. Katalina says:

    This is probably not the best reason to want to vote for someone, but I really, REALLY want to hang out with him. Also, Mittens is too rich to even try to relate to the average American, with his multiple Cadillacs and all.

  4. francesca says:

    Putting a whoopie cushion in the oval office is “knucklehead” behavior. Compromising the international reputation of one of our most elite group of public servants deserves a less juvenile description.

  5. Reece says:

    I have to say I like having a President that doesn’t sit up in the White House (or their vacation homes) making decisions without going out to meet the people. Even if everybody there doesn’t agree with him. So no tv appearances like this don’t bug me.
    In fact it’s what they did in the 1800′s. It’s only this past century did they start holing themselves up in Washington being “Presidential”.

    Jimmy is so adorable when he’s nervous!

  6. Dorothy#1 says:

    I have never loved a president like I love Obama!!!! <3

    • DeE says:

      I second that emotion…can’t please all the people all the time, but he is absolutely keeping the “average” man/woman/child in mind when making his decisions. He isn’t some fat cat that never did a day of hard labor but thinks he can tell people when they should retire, for example. He is doing the best he can, and I will vote for him. Obama 2012…he is not a one-term president you all, just wait and see.

  7. imabrat says:

    He needs to be in Hollywood instead of in a responsible position.

  8. Noel says:

    I hate how conservative he has been. He is really a Republican.

    • anon1 says:

      You’re can NOT be serious.

      • Noel says:

        I am 100% serious. I am a political scientist and his policies are on the middle right of the political spectrum. His policy positions are similar to those of the Republican Party. He is actually more conservative than some members of Congress who are Republicans.

      • Tiffany says:

        Noel is correct. If you look at his actual policy positions, not what the GOP or conservative media tells you, he is really moderate/slightly conservative. It is just that the GOP has skewed soooooo far right recently, they accuse moderates of being socialists.

      • garvels says:

        I I would have to respectfully disagree with you on labeling Obama as a conservative. What is your criteria for conservatism.

        My definition of conservatism is spending within your means and not building up trillion dollar deficits for future generations. I did not consider Bush to be a conservative because he ran up a 5 trillion dollar deficit in 8 years and Obama ran up a 5 plus trillion dollar deficit in 3 1/2 years. Bush built up the size of government just like Obama…in my opinion Bush nor Obama are conservatives.

      • Noel says:

        There is very little debate in political science over where Obama stands politically. He is very centrist. He is not at all liberal in any way. Conservative in terms of politics means maintaining the status quo without trying for improvement.  In American it refers to someone who is pro-capitalism, pro-business, etc.. Obama has not made a radical change. Someone like Franklin Roosevelt is considered more liberal. His new deal programs were radical. Clinton, Bush, Obama, etc all lean conservative on the overall political spectrum. 

      • Tiffany says:

        Garvels, you can’t deny that the BIGGEST factor in increasing the deficit is the lack of revenue from income tax. Obama hasn’t been spending as much as people would like to suggest, it is that the federal government isn’t getting as much revenue.

        Many of the biggest spending contributors were programs that already existed when Obama took office (2 wars, Medicare, Medicaid, Bush Tax Cuts, Medicare Part D, etc.), and many of those programs are being used more frequently because of the recession and aging of the baby boomer generation. Also, I think there has been a campaign of misinformation about the health care act, because it actually reduces the deficit (it includes new revenue).

        I think the biggest difference between the parties isn’t as stark as pundits portray, it is just different priorities. Obama’s tend to be infrastructure, education, Medicare/Medicaid, and civic services like police and fire departments.

    • telesma says:

      Spoken like someone who actually understands what conservatism is. Thank you.

    • Kathryn Word says:

      Noel…..Awesome! Education vs emotion.

    • garvels says:


      I would consider that the government takeover of Healthcare(which is 20% of the economy) as a radical change.

      I believe the problem is that the Federal government has grown so large and is so inefficient and wastes so much money that the needs of the people,who truly require assistance are not being met. Both Republicans and Democrats are responsible for the expansive Federal government.

      I believe the size of the Federal government needs to be substantially reduced and more power and funding given to individual states. The needs of each state vary with regards to healthcare,welfare etc… I think the Federal government’s approach to one size fits all for healthcare,welfare etc.. is not affective or efficient and in turn wastes taxpayer dollars.

      • Noel says:

        The government did not take over healthcare. Government take over of healthcare is called socialized medicine. Great Britain has such a system. In a socialized medical system the government owns the hospitals and employs all the doctors. This us not the case in the US. The Affordable Healthcare Act merely imposes minor regulations such as requiring companies not to discriminate against pre existing conditions. Healthcare in America has been a mess and continues to be a mess sadly. 

      • Tiffany says:

        I agree with Noel. The government did NOT take over health care, they regulated it. Much like the FDA’s regulations that keep rats out of your sausage does not mean that they have “taken over” the food industry.

        The Health Care act deals with PRIVATE insurance companies. It is not logical to say that the government is taking over health care when it is still in the hands of private industry.

    • garvels says:

      Noel,I am in Healthcare and the government did take over healthcare with Obamacare. Have you read the 2889 pages of healthcare law that references 44,000 pages of U.S. law?

      • Tiffany says:

        Regulating something is not the same thing as taking it over. Private insurance is still the main insurer, in fact they will get more customers.

      • Karma says:

        The healthcare bill was a Republican written response to the Clintons attempting health care reform in the 90s.

        It is the Heritage Foundation’s bill that Bob Dole offered and Bill Clinton, the left-leaning centrist, declined.

        In fact there are several Democrats, Obama included, that went on the cable news shows and mocked Republicans for not voting for the Republican written health care bill. Check out Google for all them. And while you are there you can look for Obama mocking Dems and liberals, who were upset at him, for not listening to his campaign speeches carefully enough. Which were indeed filled with caveats negating the liberal applause line he just floated/pretended to support.

        His drone attacks are nearly a blueprint for the PNAC’s/Republican’s vision of implementing their 21st Century USA power structure on the Middle East and Africa. Bombs and instability.

        The guy is further to the right than Nixon, Bush I, and II, and sucks at negotiating from the usual Democratic platform stances. He has praised Reagan 20x more than Clinton, a successful Democratic president. And usually he is offering up those Dem stances at the first meeting…causing true liberals to headdesk the news yet again.

        It is bizarre. And even worse the Democratic party is taking blame for implementing bad Republican policies. Obama is the worst Democratic party president I’ve seen. He has actually lost more ground on women’s rights thanks to that health care horror, than any Republican president has dreamed about achieving in my lifetime. The war on women began with Obama and that bill.

    • Tiffany says:

      Shannon, I have productive discussions with people of a variety of political views, but your drastic and extreme language suggests that you aren’t interested in being productive.

      “Communist” and “totalitarian” is just way to much hyperbole.

    • flan says:

      No way you are a political scientist.

      Go look up some definitions first, liar.

  9. Janet says:

    Does anybody posting on here know what Romney stands for?

    I thought not. Romney doesn’t know either.

    • garvels says:

      Read his book “No Apologies” and he wrote a book on how to save social security. He also wrote a 200 page economic plan as well.

      His strength is economics and job growth. He is for the small business guy and gives a voice to private sector workers who seem to get ignored.

      One thing I found refreshing was how much Sarah Palin was fighting against a Mitt Romney nomination…(Sorry Sarah Palin fans)

      I also like Ron Paul as well with regards to Domestic issues…I think Ron can be a little too isolationist though…

      • telesma says:

        Then why was his record on job growth in Massachusetts so awful? The state lost more jobs while he was governor than any other state did at that time, and the SINGLE jobs bill that he passed was a spectacular failure. Instead of doing something about it, he spent his last 2 years in office traveling, spending more days outside of the state than in it. These are verifiable facts, btw. Not spin. Unlike whatever Mitt writes or says.

      • garvels says:

        The unemployment rate in MA was under 5% when Romney was governor,which was probably one of the lowest rates in the country. People had no issues when it came to finding employment during those times. I have never seen a state with stats of 100% employment…have you?

      • Tiffany says:

        Romeny also wrote an Op-Ed saying that his Massachusetts health care plan should be applied at the national level…and now he is saying that he never thought that. What Mitt Romney wrote at one point in his life doesn’t usually apply to what he believes in the current day.

        Also, Garvels, the Massachusetts employment rate was one of the WORST in the country at that time (ranked 47th I believe).

      • garvels says:

        Attached is information outlining MA’s economy prior to Romney’s term in office and during Romney’s tenure as governor. Romney reduced a 3 billion deficit to a billion dollar surplus.

        Romney’s healthcare bill was state specific as he has stated thousands of times over and over again. Personally, I think, Romney’s plan should no longer be called Romneycare because the current governor and legislature have added so much to the bill that it does not resemble the original bill that was signed in April of 2006.

      • Tiffany says:

        You said, “Romney’s healthcare bill was state specific as he has stated thousands of times over and over again.”

        Except for the 2009 USA Today Op-Ed where he said that it should be the model for the Federal plan, especially the mandate. He wrote, “Here is where the federal government can do something we could not: Take steps to stop or slow medical inflation,”.

        I know it is hard to keep up with his many positions on each issue!

      • garvels says:


        Attached is the link to the complete USA today OPED. What Romney wanted Obama to do was discard the single payer government run healthcare solution and to go with a solution that involves the private insurance companies. He also wanted the president to reach across the aisle to work on healthcare reform in a bipartisan manner with the end goal of reducing healthcare costs for all people and thereby making healthcare affordable to everyone.

      • Tiffany says:

        Garvels, thank you for posting the link, but it really just supports what I was saying. That Op-Ed could have been written by Obama! In it, Mitt advocates for the following items that are ALL a part of Obama’s health reform legislation. I don’t see how Mitt could logically argue the points in his op-ed in 2009, and then 2 1/2 years later say Obama’s plan is too much over reach.

        *Private, Free-market insurance.

        *No “public option”

        *Establish “incentives” for uninsured to by insurance using tax penalties and credits.

        *Use funds to help poor buy insurance

        *Doesn’t add to spending burden (decreases deficit).

      • Brigitte says:

        Garvels, thank you for this intelligent and informative information. And thank you for the documents that support the information. Thanks to Tiffany and Noel for the add’l facts. So refreshing to have informed opinions and not just ‘I don’t know what Romney stands for either’ and ‘I just luuurve Obama!’. By the by, What is our President doing on Jimmy Fallon?

  10. anon1 says:

    Total cult of personality.
    Not a good reason to re-elect him.

  11. Janet says:

    My favorite Romneyism: “I can relate to black people. My family used to own slaves.”

  12. Nikkers says:

    I would think that stopping the economic downturn from becoming a full-blown depression was something Obama had a hand in…but if you people are all happy to vote for Romney and continue with Reaganomics (which got your country in position for the economic collapse in the first place — little regulation, tax breaks for companies and the wealthy who didn’t reinvest in America) go for it and good luck!

  13. Lisa says:

    Where is the proof that he’s been a terrible President? Has he sent us into questionable wars? No…has the stock market tanked below 7,000 as before? No…is he addressing issues that affect working class people…Yes…has he cleaned up the bad guys that has been plaguing the U.S. for over 20 years…Yes…

    I mean…REALLY…

  14. Mooshi says:

    Another election. Here we are AGAIN with two candidates who BOTH work for the people who want to destroy America.

    At the end of the day it doesn’t matter who we pick.

    Anyone who has done an ounce of research knows the UN has slated America to become almost uninhabited, basically a huge wildlife reserve. Just enjoy what time we have left……if any.

  15. Hanna says:

    Are you kidding me? Mitt Romney is a joke!

  16. Gene Parmesan says:

    I love him and i think he has been pretty effective considering the unprecedented obstruction he has received
    P.S Smoking hot in last pic

  17. Jover says:

    Posters set aside your politics it was just a great show best part was Dave Matthews and Jimmy jamming and dave playing at the end – a great musician, great guitarist – and the prez in a college town what more could you want – this is why i stay away from politics it has become so rote, ritualistic and just plain uninteresting on all sides. Give me more Dave and Jimmy.

  18. kristipistol says:

    I’ll take a successful business man over entertainer any day as my commander in chief. Mitt had given away his inheritance and I like someone that knows how to make and keep money. WE NEED THAT. Not a community organizer.

    • Tiffany says:

      Obama was far more than a community organizer. If you are going to comment, at least be factual. He is a millionaire from book sales and he was a successful lawyer, etc.

      • LaurieH says:

        Yes, Obama was more than just a community organizer. He was also a law professor. But just one small point: he was never a “successful lawyer”. In fact, he was never a practicing attorney and never tried a case in his life.

        Likewise for Rommey, who also earned his JD from Harvard (as well as his MBA). He’s never been a practicing attorney either.

  19. Eileen says:

    I was in Europe during the 2008 election-I went to Zurich, Greece and Macedonia. I was traveling with Norwegians and more Americans. Unlike America, Norway is extremely worldly, they study the globe and politics and speak at least 3 languages so we talked a lot on Obama. All of them were hoping Obama would get elected and they said as far as the rest of the world, no President in over 25 years was unanimously backed from most the countries in Europe than Obama. Once people in Greece and Macedonia found out we were American’s they were yelling and chanting “Obama!” in the streets and followed us everywhere. It was a sight to see!
    When Norway awarded him the Nobel Peace Prize I was not surprised -they all have major faith that at some point things can turn around under his guidance. And when things turn around for the US-they bleed over to everyone else, especially Norway who chose to invest most of their $$$$ in US rather than Switzerland about 30 years ago. This generation is STILL pissed over there! lol
    He was the very first president I’ve voted for and I’m 37.

  20. Maria says:

    conservative, republican, they’re all corporate puppets…. reducing our freedoms and increasing government every day…. the country is broke…it’s not pretty …..I PRAY that one day, people wake up and get someone in charge who truly want to uphold the constitution….we need to stop giving away our power.

  21. Kosmos says:

    I love Obama…saw him on the show, too, and have to say that he handles himself very well. I am still supporting him and if you think that Romney will be a good president….think again. Just the thought of that is very scary to me. Do not mistake Mitt for someone you think or hope will be your savior. He will disappoint, believe me. Please stick with Obama. None of the presidents can make anything happen for themselves as they must have the support of others.

  22. Kim says:

    Im of no political party but I cant stand how obsessed with fame the Obamas are.

    This is not a characteristic you want in a President. Doesnt he have far more important things to be doing with his time than being on Jimmy Fallon?!

    You would think solving the national debt, creating jobs, creating good affordable health care, ending the war etc would be his priorities but sadly being on tv is.

    • Tiffany says:

      Obsessed with fame? First of all, this was filled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Those are students in the auditorium.

      Secondly, he is reaching out to his constituents through media. Presidents used to reach out through radio addresses, but that technology isn’t as dominant anymore.

    • Janet says:

      You would think those would be republican priorities as well, but sadly, all they care about is waging a war on women by denying them access to contraception and abortion. They’re even trying to de-fund rape crisis centers and shelters where women can find protection from abusive partners.

      You do realize, don’t you, that the republicans have tried to shoot down every health care and job-creation initiative Obama has ever started?

      • Brigitte says:

        No one is trying to deny anyone contraception, you just may not get it for free. Can you seriously not afford the 9 dollars for a pill pack? So sick of the poor me, I’m a downtrodden woman rhetoric, speak for yourself. And I’m sure abortion will be readily available for a long time to come, even if some people do use it irresponsibly as birth control; my dear liberal sister has had 5 so far over the years (and has lived to regret it, but hey, your choice).

    • Hmmmm... says:

      I am not sure it really is a democrat thing. Romney was on Jay Leno a few weeks ago. Both of them will continue to do this till election day…

  23. o_O says:

    Look into his eyes now then look into his eyes BEFORE he became president – the man has lost his soul. I mean he was ALWAYS two faced but this man literally has blood on his hands now.

  24. sarah says:

    Is this a conservative blog? Haven’t been visiting here too long…..just wondering?

    • Karen says:

      I know right?!?! I just came here to squee about how cute he looked and how well he handled himself. He was having fun but still concerned enough about his image for him to make his final “Oh yeah” very non-suggestive.

      I’m a Canadian who is looking on from afar so I don’t give a rat’s arse about the political talk. I would just love to watch Sasha and Malia spend another 4 years in the White House.

      Obama = Two term Preezy of the United Steezy!!!

      • Brigitte says:

        You live in Canada, you don’t HAVE to worry about who our next President is, sheesh, that’s a no brainer. I don’t really have time to ‘squee’ regarding Obama. I am a college-educated woman with 3 children who is tired of our stagnant economy and 4.00 a gallon gas. So hey! I’m a minority! Guess I should start on and on about how the big bad Republicans want to keep women down…

    • kay says:

      No, people are just upset that he couldn’t fix a failing healthcare system, a huge deficit, an expensive war, a poor economy and a cumbersome, largely useless government in four years. What a joke!

  25. J says:

    Mitt Rommey is classic GOP Hypocrite who will do nothing but ruin this country like Bush did.

    Better Obama than Freak Rommey

  26. garvels says:

    Attached is the link to the complete USA today OPED. What Romney wanted Obama to do was discard the single payer government run healthcare solution and to go with a solution that involves the private insurance companies. He also wanted the president to reach across the aisle to work on healthcare reform in a bipartisan manner with the end goal of reducing healthcare costs for all people and thereby making healthcare affordable to everyone.

    • Tiffany says:

      That Op-Ed could have been written by Obama! In it, Mitt advocates for the following items that are ALL a part of Obama’s health reform legislation.

      *Private, Free-market insurance.

      *No “public option”

      *Establish “incentives” for uninsured to by insurance using tax penalties and credits.

      *Use funds to help poor buy insurance

      *Doesn’t add to spending burden (decreases deficit).

  27. nina says:

    I’m a middle of the road Democratic, I vote occasionally for republicans, and I’m Mormon. And dude, I can’t even get behind Mitt. I don’t care about him being rich, I don’t care about him being uptight and socially lame. My problems with him have to do with his social agendas he’s putting forth as well as his economic agendas. His pandering has completely turned me off.

    Obama doesn’t thrill me but I’m left with no choice but to vote for him again, given the alternative.

  28. The Original Mia says:

    That was great! Loved that. He’s got my vote again.

  29. Steen says:

    Romney doesn’t stand a chance.

  30. Adrien says:

    I used to not like Jimmy Fallon and thought he was the least funniest one on SNL but I have learned to love him and his “can’t-keep-a-straight-face” schtick. He’s become a class act. His musical guests are quality too.

  31. Annie says:

    Calling Obama a “community organizer” didn’t work in 08 and it won’t work this time either. You can add to his resume, President of Harvard law review, constitutional law professor, incidentally it’s rare that with these credentials he didn’t select to join a blue chip firm and pull down a huge salary, instead he selects to go back to his community and give back….and your critical of this…why?

  32. anne_000 says:

    I don’t know how Romney’s economic plans are of any use to most Americans. Cutting taxes for himself and others like himself while cutting services for those in need AND making sure to increase taxes for low & middle income class people is destructive to our country.

  33. JennaLove says:

    Obama passed the National Defense Authorization Act in December of last year. He has since declared martial law in the United States. Obama has already said in public it’s ‘WHEN’ he wins again. Voting doesn’t matter anymore, it’s all fixed and it has been for many, many years. Obama and his administration are attempting to create a police state in America, their goals being that of uniting all the world. Have any of you seen V for Vendetta. There are other things going on in the world rather than Brad and Angelina getting married or who peed on Kim again. They are making celebrities become our priority. Who cares if our rights are being taken away slowly and surely as long as Jennifer Aniston cries for the cameras so people can be in an uproar.

    Does anyone know what CISPA is? Did anyone hear about how it’s going to be the end of online protection? Congress is preparing to soon vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). This broad legislation would give the government, including military spy agencies, unprecedented powers to snoop through people’s personal information — medical records, private emails, financial information — all without a warrant, proper oversight or limits.

    The US government has a current project going on. There are these warehouses where our encrypted data (think text messages, emails,etc) is being sent so they can decrypt it to know everything we’re doing. Has anyone else noticed all the cameras going up? What about the amount of military aircraft always in the skies now? Has anyone heard of all the FEMA camps that are currently ready to take the thousands of people? Fully operated and ready.

    I know Congress and the Senate have the ability to limit the president’s power but what happens if Obama declares he’ll do the same as the Israeli prime minister? He stated he would practically ignore his own parliament in order to go to war with Iran if he wanted. We put our faith and power into people who have their own interests at heart, not ours.

    If anything, ignore half of what I said, it’s fine. Bring your attention to CISPA if that’s the only thing people will pay attention to. It’s IMPORTANT.

  34. GW says:

    I’m truly terrified of what will happen to this country should Romney be elected.

  35. garvels says:

    Why is that?

    Romney certainly did a good job in bringing MA and the Olympics back from the brink.

  36. flan says:

    Why is that?

    Because behind Romney stand the republicans and they have proven how much they look down on women. It might not be his exact position, but the crazies will want their paycheck if he gets elected.

    People (certain men) keep saying women should think of other issues first and it’s not that important, but they are not the ones who are slowly being pushed down a slippery slope. The more we give in and nod, the more they will take away.