First Lady Michelle Obama Raps to Keep Kids in School

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First Lady Michelle Obama Joins SNL’s Jay Pharoah for College-Themed Rap Video.

WASHINGTON — She has won plaudits for her smarts and style, even her funk dancing skills, but Ms Michelle Obama was less known as a rapper — until now. Over the past seven years, First Lady Michelle Obama has done push-ups with Ellen DeGeneres, mom-danced with Jimmy Fallon and gone on a grocery run with Big Bird all in the name of fitness and healthy eating.The first lady and “Saturday Night Live” actor Jay Pharoah rhyme on a new video to encourage students to “go to college” and “fill your head with knowledge.” Released by CollegeHumor and titled, appropriately enough “Go to College,” the video spawned the hashtag #FLOTUSBars on Twitter where it has been one of the top trending subjects all day Thursday.

Featuring music composed by YouTube celebrities The Gregory Brothers, the clip is part of Obama’s “Better Make Room” initiative, her recently launched campaign to boost awareness about resources that could help Americans pursue higher education amid falling college graduation rates. But in case there was any doubt, Obama dropped a superb rap collab with Saturday Night Live’s Jay Pharoah this morning, making the case for college to U.S. young’uns.

It begins with two students sitting across from each other at a table and the girl asks the boy what he wants to do after high school. “I don’t know, just hang out I guess,” he says. Her appearance has already inspired a trending hashtag on Twitter #FLOTUSBars, a riff on #PopeBars, which started last week in response to a photo in which Pope Francis looked like he was rapping. Obama somehow manages to be both adorably awkward (she’s rapping about career opportunities in a wrap dress, after all) and a legitimately decent rapper.

No surprise there: She’s proven time and again that she’s got dancing chops that far surpass her husband’s, with hip-thrusting rhythm and stamina that just won’t quit. During her time in the White House Obama has championed a string of initiatives to promote healthy eating, education for girls and help for military families. But even if Obama had stumbled through her lines with a plastic smile and all the comic timing of Mitt Romney making a joke about airplane windows, her PSA would still be light-years closer to actual cool than any of the other first ladies’. Fans took to social media to praise Ms Obama’s “dope” rap skills, others saw the funny side — while a few suggested her teenage daughters Sasha and Malia might be a touch embarrassed.

Bush’s actual entreaty isn’t all too exciting. “When a good TV show makes you want to find out more, find it in a book,” she advises. “TV and books work together to really take you places.” But the graphics (a White House blasting off into space!) and wardrobe (big ‘80s glasses!) in this one make it worth a watch. It’s full of quotables—“the thrill can kill”; “say yes to life”—and Eastwood shames viewers into doing what she says. “If you go ahead and try [drugs], at least it won’t be out of ignorance. This video starts like every good PSA: with a middle-aged Midwestern woman in a relaxed-fit Henley missing out on some friendly fun because her husband needs a colonoscopy. Clinton’s wooden speech at the end is handily overshadowed by the concerned jacket-flipper who “doesn’t have the time” to get screened for colon cancer.

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