Barack and Michelle Obama hosted a party for local children and the children of military families. After taking to the stage to give a speech, Jackson’s classic 1984 hit came on the PA, leading Obama to recreate some of the iconic dance moves from its groundbreaking video. Watch below.
President Obama in full dad mode dancing to "Thriller" is one of my favorite things ever pic.twitter.com/2fXWEmgLfx
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Obama recently revealed that Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper are among his current favourite rappers. The President has been vocal about his love of hip-hop and rap throughout his presidency, most recently naming Nas and Chance on his ‘summer playlist’.
When interviewed by US morning radio host Sway Calloway, Obama was asked “who are your top MCs today? Who are the top rappers in the game today, in your opinion?”
“I think the young guys, Kendrick and Chance are doing amazing work,” he said. “I love Drake, and [his daughters] love Drake: he’s commercially just doing great, and [he’s] unbelievably talented. And Jay Z’s still the king. I mean, you know, he’s got a track record. Same with Kanye West, so there’s a lot of talent out there.
“But when I look at who’s breaking new ground, Kendrick and Chance, those guys are doing just amazing work,” Obama continued. “And they’re wonderful young men. Chance, I’ve known for years because his dad was my state director when I was a senator in Illinois, so I first met Chance when he was 8 years old, and so we’ve been family for a while. And Kendrick, you know, he’s blowing it up. He’s doing great.”