Obama Confesses: “I Can’t Rap”

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As USA Today reports, the President shared that he can’t rap last Thursday, quashing many a dream of seeing the Commander in Chief reprise hits like thisthis, or this:

“My rapping skills are terrible,” the President confessed….“That’s one thing I can’t do is rap. I like rap but I cannot rap.”…He added, however: “I got enough of a rap that I got Michelle to marry me.”

The President appeared as a surprise guest at the First Lady’s Beating the Odds Summit on July 23rd. The first event of Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative—an effort aimed at helping college-bound teens succeed academically—invited over 100 students from a wide range of communities to discuss success in higher education. After the President’s appearance, the rapper Wale talked about his time in college and performed a few songs, which we can only assume inspired the executive announcement. Watch a video of the President’s address after the jump.


Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →