10 Pop Culture Moments That Would’ve Never Happened without Barack Obama

Remember when he called Kanye West a jackass?

With the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency becoming more real every day, it’s hard not to think about Barack Obama–his impact, progressive ideas, panty-dropping jawline, etc. Yes, Obama did a lot of great things for the country–gay marriage, anyone?–but his contribution to pop culture is even more fantastic. (C’mon…he said what we were all feeling about Kanye West that one time.) From shady moments with Zach Galifianakis to a Jay Z speech nod, Obama permeated pop culture (arguably) more than any other president. In honor of #IMissBarackObama trending, check out his 10 finest entertainment moments.

  1. The time he called Kanye West a jackass.

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    We were all thinking it after West jacked the mic from Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.

  2. When Aretha Franklin’s hat took on a life of its own during Obama’s first inauguration.

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    She sang “My Country Tis of Thee,” but all we cared about was the damn bow.

  3. All of those pesky Obama “Hope” memes.

    Like this prime George W. Bush one.

  4. The Key & Peele anger translator.

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    “White people who voted for me: You are all now honorary black people.”

  5. Jay Pharoah’s spot-on impression.

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    His “uhhs” deserve all the GD Emmy Awards.

  6. When Obama referenced Jay Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” during a speech in 2008.

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    In reference to Hillary Clinton and George Stephanopoulos bashing him during the ABC News debate in Pennsylvania. Who knew Obama was a closet Shawn Carter stan?

  7. The time he and Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols gave the Vulcan salute.

    Long live and prosper.

  8. When Beyoncé sang the National Anthem live during her Super Bowl press conference.

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    To silence the haters who accused her of lip-syncing it during Obama’s 2013 inauguration. Shade queen.

  9. When he appeared on Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns.

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    Obama shading the third Hangover movie is all you need in life.

  10. And last but not least, the time he Slow Jammed the News with Jimmy Fallon.

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    I think I just orgasmed.