Friday, June 10, 2016

President Obama Slow Jams The News Again!

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post presents information about and a video of President Obama slow jamming the news on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" (June 9, 2016).

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Thanks to President Obama, Jimmy Fallon, and all others who were featured in this television segment. Thanks to all those who are quoted in this post and thanks to the publisher of this video on YouTube.

Click for the previous pancocojams post about President Obama slow jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon in 2012.

""A slow jam is an umbrella term for music with R&B and Soul influences. Slow jams are commonly R&B ballads or downtempo songs. The term is most commonly reserved for soft-sounding songs with heavily emotional or romantic lyrical content.... The common use and possible origin of this term traces back to 1983 when Solar Records group Midnight Star recorded the song "Slow Jam" on their album No Parking on the Dance Floor."
I'd add to this to that definition:
"Slow jamming the news" is a form of "spoken word" in which one or more people talk about the news (and/or some other topic/s) while soft sounding, usually soulful, slow music is played in the background."

SHOWCASE VIDEO: "Slow Jam the News" with President Obama

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Published on Jun 9, 2016

Jimmy Fallon and President Obama slow jam the news, discussing Obama's legacy, accomplishments and thoughts on the 2016 election.

These article excerpts are given in no particular order:

Article #1:
From Peter Andrew Hart, 06/10/2016 "President Barack Obama joined “The "Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s show to “Slow Jam The News,” reviving a routine the two started four years ago.

Obama brought some sharp verses, including, “Orange is not the new black,” targeting GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.

“Hello, I’m President Barack Obama, and I too, would like to slow jam this news,” Obama said as the “The Tonight Show“ band, The Roots, kicked into a slinky groove.

Obama touted the successes of his administration, including action on climate change, same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act.

“In short, climate change is real, health care is affordable, and love is love,” Obama said.

Fallon was there on backing vocals to make it kinda creepy.

“Ohhhhh yeah. President Obama stimulated long-term growth,” Fallon crooned in a sultry voice. “In 2008, the country wasn’t feeling in the mood. It was too tired, stressed — said it had a headache. Barack lit some candles and got some silky satin sheets. Told the American people, ‘Yes, we can.’”

“There will be no third term,” Obama said. “I can’t stay forever. Besides, Daddy’s got a Hawaiian vacation booked in about 223 days, but who’s counting! That being said, the American people face an important decision this fall. The entire world is watching and they look to us for stability and leadership. Now, I know some of the presidential candidates have been critical of my foreign policy. I don’t want to name any names.”

But the name was named, by Black Thought of The Roots. “He’s talking about Donald Trump.”

Obama went on to challenge those who have criticized his administration’s Iran nuclear deal, rekindled diplomatic ties with Cuba, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

“Now wait a minute Prez Dispenser,” Fallon chimed. “Are you saying you are down with TPP?”

“Yeah, you know me,” Obama replied."...

To cap it off, Obama, perhaps for the last time, dropped the mic."

Article #2:
Barack Obama took a humorous dig at Donald Trump on Jimmy Fallon's 'Slow Jam the News' by Jethro Nededog
"President Obama got to tout the accomplishments of his administration and took a couple jabs at Donald Trump on Jimmy Fallon's popular sketch "Slow Jam the News" on Thursday night.

And naturally, Obama's version of the R&B take on the topics of the day also wrapped with a mic drop.

As for his progressive accomplishments, Obama discussed his work on climate control, LGBT rights, and the Affordable Care Act - or in his words, "climate change is real, health care is affordable, and love is love."

He also reminded us how he was elected during a recession, and has been able to stimulate the economy and create new jobs.

Backup singer Jimmy Fallon summarized that with, "In 2008, the country wasn't feeling in the mood. It was too tired, stressed - said it had a headache. Barack lit some candles and got some silky satin sheets. Told the American people, 'Yes, we can.'"

And even though this appearance was shot on Wednesday ahead of Obama's endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Thursday, there was a slick foreshadowing in the sketch.

Black Thought of The Roots, Fallon's backing band, sang, "He created lots of jobs for you and me. He's got one more left for Hillary."

Obama took the opportunity for a creative reference to Trump.

"Orange is not the new black," Obama said.

And in an attack on the GOP candidate's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," Obama said, "America's best days are still yet to come.""

Article #3: From Mic Drop: Watch President Obama Slow-Jam His Presidential Term With Jimmy Fallon
June 10, 2016 by CAITLIN HACKER
"Just in case you didn't know, Barack Obama can definitely bring the house down when he wants to. The POTUS stopped by The Tonight Show on Thursday and ended up slow-jamming his presidential term with host Jimmy Fallon. While standing behind Jimmy as slow, '90s-esque R&B music played in the background, Barack smoothly recalled some of his biggest accomplishments over the last eight years, including legalizing same-sex marriage across the country, adding new jobs, and offering affordable health care. Jimmy then went on to joke that Barack has turned so many lemons into lemonade, Beyoncé calls him "Baracky with the good hair." The president, who formally endorsed Hillary Clinton this week, then ended things with an epic mic drop."..

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