When it comes to presidential speeches, no one can touch Barack Obama. He’s direct, charismatic and powerful AF. However, his copious pop culture references really make his speeches soar. C’mon, you’re all thinking it.
From Gossip Girl to Jay Z, Obama knows exactly how to mix politics and pop culture. And we’re going to miss it so much. Relive 11 of his greatest entertainment references below, and tell us your favorite Obama speech in the comments.
“Everybody likes you, man. Is he on, like, Gossip Girl or something?”
Jay Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder”
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?
And “99 Problems”
“I got 99 problems, and Jay Z’s one.”
“In my first term, I sang Al Green. In my second, I’m going with Young Jeezy.”
“It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode.”
Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together”
Sing it, B!
At the 2009 Human Rights Campaign National Equality Dinner: “It is a privilege to be here tonight to open for Lady Gaga.”
A reference to Ryan Seacrest’s iconic “Seacrest out,” perhaps?
“Kendall Jenner is also here. We had a chance to meet her backstage. She seems like a very nice young woman. I’m not exactly sure what she does, but I’m told that my Twitter mentions are about to go through the roof.”
“Mr. Prime Minister, after today, I think it’s fair to say that, here in America, you may well be the most popular Canadian named Justin.”
“It’s a great show, but I have to give ABC fair warning: Being blackish only popular for so long, trust me. There’s a shelf life.”