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Obama “slow jams the news” with Jimmy Fallon

By Reuters Staff
April 25, 2012

Jimmy Fallon taped a special episode of his show in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, yesterday, where he was joined by President Obama, who, fresh from a speech to students at the University of North Carolina, made a dramatic entrance.

Fallon announced that he wanted to “slow jam the news,” a recurring segment on his show usually featuring Brian Williams. “And I’m not the only one,” Fallon said suggestively, as Obama stepped out from behind a curtain to raucous cheers from the audience. “I’m President Barack Obama, and I, too, want to slow jam the news,” said Obama, who without cracking a smile talked about student loan interest rates whilst accompanied by Fallon’s house band, The Roots. “Now is not the time to make school more expensive for our young people,” he said.

Obama, on a two-day, multi-state college tour to spotlight the cost of a college degree and urge support for an extension of low interest rates on student loans — which Congress is expected to take to a vote on Friday — returned to the issue in a sit-down interview with Fallon, who also asked him, among other things, about the Secret Service scandal, his most embarrassing moment in the White House, and his own college experience, showing a picture of a college-age Obama to the audience.

“Notice the afro,” Obama said.

Watch Obama and Fallon “slow jam the news”:

For more videos, visit the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon website.

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