WATCH: Obama Slow Jams the News With Fallon - Jabs Trump Brilliantly

Yesterday, Obama released a web video endorsing Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, though perhaps the endorsement should have been given in a slow jam instead. After all, the day before Obama appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show where he joined the host for a duet - can we call it that? But even in this totally absurd setting, Obama kept a straight face and delivered a serious message to the American people.

“I’m proud of the many progressive steps our country has taken in recent years, both socially and environmentally,” Obama announced.

“The United States has been a leader in developing clean energy to ensure the health of our planet for future generations. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, an additional 20 million Americans now have access to quality health care, and same-sex couples across the country now have a constitutional right to marry. In short, climate change is real, health care is affordable and love is love,” Obama said.

Looking to the general election, Obama advocated for careful voting and against isolationism.

“The American people face an important decision this fall,” he continued. “The entire world is watching, and they look to us for stability and leadership. I know some of the candidates have been critical of my foreign policy. I don’t want to name any names, but I believe it is of the utmost importance to work alongside other world leaders. That’s why I signed the Iran nuclear deal. That’s why we reopened diplomatic ties with Cuba. And that’s why I negotiated the new trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.”

Obama also poked fun at Republicans' criticism of his administration, having faced constant backlash from the opposing party, now stuck with Trump as their nominee.

“Thank you, Congress, for spending eight years wishing you could replace me with a Republican, or, to put it another way, how do you like me now?”


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