Far be it from me to suggest that American talk shows and, perhaps, some American politicians are enviably cooler than their British equivalents, but: get a load of this clip from NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Fallon discusses Barack Obama’s efforts to prevent student loan costs rising, and then announces that he will “slow-jam” this news with the help of the Roots. So far, so late-night talk show… except the guest vocalist is Obama himself, who pops out from behind the stage’s curtains to wild applause from a flabbergasted studio audience.
The Roots and the President of the United States do indeed then perform a slow jam based on affordable higher education, complete with a visibly nervous Fallon as Obama’s hype man.
Top that, The One Show.