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First Lady Michelle Obama joins James Corden for a drive around the White House grounds.

Missy Elliot joined them to sing the 'This Is For My Girls' charity single released by Mrs. Obama this past March. The track (read the lyrics) is the theme to the First Lady's "Let Girls Learn" initiative, a U.S. government project aimed at giving the 62 million adolescent girls worldwide who are not attending school access to a quality education.
posted by zarq (56 comments total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
 
@SecretService: "Thank you @JKCorden and the @latelateshow for bringing @FLOTUS home safe and sound after #CarpoolKaraoke. We were watching @SecretService"
posted by zarq at 7:05 AM on July 21, 2016 [12 favorites]




Please don't leave us, FLOTUS. Can we just keep Michelle after the election? If Hillary wins in November, can we get Michelle in 2020 for the new tradition?
posted by nicebookrack at 7:13 AM on July 21, 2016 [22 favorites]


If Hillary wins in November, can we get Michelle in 2020 for the new tradition?

2024!
posted by zarq at 7:15 AM on July 21, 2016 [17 favorites]


We have a newborn who objects to not being in my uterus anymore, and would strongly prefer to be held 24/7.

This video makes my morning SO MUCH BETTER.
posted by joyceanmachine at 7:16 AM on July 21, 2016 [12 favorites]


I mean, the parts with just Corden and FLOTUS are great enough, but then Missy shows up! And they do Get Ur Freak On! And just, oh my God, the sheer delight on Missy's FACE, and the way she leans forward between the seats and is like OMG I'M ACTUALLY PERFORMING WITH FLOTUS and

oh wow.
posted by joyceanmachine at 7:27 AM on July 21, 2016 [39 favorites]


omg. This MADE MY DAY.
posted by lalex at 7:31 AM on July 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


God Bless this America.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:33 AM on July 21, 2016 [12 favorites]


Best.FLOTUS.Ever.
posted by pjsky at 7:44 AM on July 21, 2016 [7 favorites]


So damn good. Man, I'm going to miss this first couple.
posted by widdershins at 7:46 AM on July 21, 2016 [15 favorites]


For a particular faction of the country, that would be like a scene from A Clockwork Orange.
posted by davebush at 7:46 AM on July 21, 2016 [9 favorites]


If you had told me when I was a dorky 9th grader singing along to Get Ur Freak On in secret when my parents weren't home (because they would have told me to stop listening to the "garbage") that a decade and a half later our country's First Lady would be singing along to it too (WITH Missy Elliott and fucking owning it), I absolutely wouldn't have believed you.

Anyway, here I am tearing up at Carpool Karaoke, of all things.
posted by phunniemee at 7:49 AM on July 21, 2016 [35 favorites]


Best FLOTUS ever...though I would love to see them drop some "Hamilton."
posted by MrGuilt at 7:53 AM on July 21, 2016 [5 favorites]


I can't remember who pointed this out on Twitter, and I'm sure there's a more nuanced way of putting this, but one of many sad things about the Obamas leaving the White House is going to be the loss of such a visible platform for the promotion of black American culture. Like, Kendrick Lamar and Janelle Monae performed at the White House 4th of July barbecue. Michelle Obama sang Get Ur Freak On with Missy Elliott and dropped (in what seemed like an authentic but still Dorky Mom way because she is a Dorky Mom!) references to Lemonade. Common came to the most recent state dinner. I just can't imagine what other politician or First Family that we'll see in the next eight, 12 years will be able or willing to do stuff like this. I'm not saying that Clinton should even try - this sort of thing is not her wheelhouse - but man.
posted by dismas at 8:02 AM on July 21, 2016 [87 favorites]


in what seemed like an authentic but still Dorky Mom way because she is a Dorky Mom!

This is what I love about the Obamas--when the are doing the off-duty-but-on-duty type of stuff, they just seem like normal middle-aged parents. Over the last eight years, we've seen Michelle roll her eyes and one of her husband's jokes, POTUS throwing the Vulcan salute and other stuff I can relate to.

/OK, I'm a dorky dad. That's how I roll.
posted by MrGuilt at 8:21 AM on July 21, 2016 [24 favorites]


I sure wish my normal middle-aged dorky parent game was as good as hers.
posted by drlith at 8:30 AM on July 21, 2016 [10 favorites]


I HAVE NEVER BEEN PANDERED TO SO EFFECTIVELY BEFORE
posted by R.F.Simpson at 8:31 AM on July 21, 2016 [85 favorites]


The Clintons and Obamas should agree that, since Bill isn't going to need a First Husband Twitter handle or anything anyway, Michelle can continue being FLOTUS for the next eight years.
posted by nicebookrack at 8:40 AM on July 21, 2016 [15 favorites]


I mean the FLOTUS Twitter has 4 million followers! It's sad to just sit there unused.
posted by nicebookrack at 8:43 AM on July 21, 2016


When Hillary becomes POTUS, what's Bill's acronym going to be? FMOTUS? And since ex-prezzes get to keep the President honorific, will they really be Mr and Mrs President Clinton?
posted by Devonian at 8:45 AM on July 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


The Presidents Clinton.
posted by Elementary Penguin at 8:48 AM on July 21, 2016 [21 favorites]


Presidents Clinton

Current and former Presidents Clinton

President and President Emeritus Clinton

The First Couple

?
posted by zarq at 8:48 AM on July 21, 2016


I would also like to keep Uncle Joe as the nation's permanent honorary VP.
posted by VTX at 8:54 AM on July 21, 2016 [22 favorites]


President Clinton and her true love, President Clinton
posted by beerperson at 8:54 AM on July 21, 2016 [4 favorites]


Pure, abject Sweet Surrender
posted by meinvt at 8:55 AM on July 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


I hope having the Clinton's in the White House again means Conan O'Brien will revive the Clutch Cargo Bill Clinton. (NEE-HA!)

Also, this is totally adorable. Who isn't going to miss Michelle?
posted by entropicamericana at 9:11 AM on July 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


This makes me so happy. I feel bad for those of you who think it's > pure, abject surrender to lameness. Unclench a little! You can go back to being serious and gloomy when the video is over, like the rest of us!
posted by rtha at 9:14 AM on July 21, 2016 [5 favorites]


This is amazing. What a joyous palate cleanser after spending time reading about political nonsense this morning. Loved the segment, off to learn more about Let Girls Learn.
posted by the thought-fox at 9:17 AM on July 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


"So much could be corrected in the world if girls were educated and had power over their lives" - Michelle Obama.

This.
posted by Duffington at 9:23 AM on July 21, 2016 [19 favorites]


God, I love Michelle Obama. Her warmth, her brilliance, her charm. I'm a grown-ass woman and she's still who I want to be when I grow up.
posted by marshmallow peep at 9:29 AM on July 21, 2016 [18 favorites]


Best FLOTUS ever...though I would love to see them drop some "Hamilton."

If James Corden could get Michelle and Missy in this carpool I would die and be dead forever.
posted by Metroid Baby at 9:33 AM on July 21, 2016


Michelle dunking in the background while people are talking about health and nutrition is still one of my favorite things to come out of the Obama administration.

Imagine what it's like where just sitting in a car and rocking out is a privilege. Even then, they were followed by an SUV full of Secret Service as they drove around the White House grounds...
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:42 AM on July 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


So much could be corrected in the world if people would just hush they mouth, listen to Missy Elliot, and get their freak on.
posted by drlith at 9:47 AM on July 21, 2016 [6 favorites]


The Presidents Clinton.

William Safire would approve.
posted by leotrotsky at 9:54 AM on July 21, 2016


I HAVE NEVER BEEN PANDERED TO SO EFFECTIVELY BEFORE

One of the things that makes it such outstandingly effective pandering is that I feel that I am not being pandered too. It probably is a calculated move, but in my heart of hearts I really believe that Corden called up Michelle Obama and said "Hey, want to do carpool karaoke with me?" and she said "OMG, I love that show! Sure. Can we do Missy Elliot songs?" and he said "Girlfriend, I will get Missy Elliot in the car" and it all kind of went from there.

I believe it's real even though I know it's partially a lie. I don't care.
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 10:10 AM on July 21, 2016 [27 favorites]


Like... can Hillary sing? Like... a HRC Carpool Karaoke going down sometime in the next couple months could be kinda awesome, right?

This was totally wonderful and the high point of this week. I mean, the FIRST LADY just sang "GET UR FREAK ON." What is even happening!
posted by dnash at 10:22 AM on July 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


will they really be Mr and Mrs President Clinton?

He can be the Dowager President. He'll sit off to one side and toss off brilliantly snarky one-liners.
posted by Naberius at 10:22 AM on July 21, 2016 [28 favorites]


This is all so adorable.
U. S. Secret Service:
Thank you @JKCorden and the @latelateshow for bringing @FLOTUS home safe and sound after #CarpoolKaraoke. We were watching @SecretService
posted by nicebookrack at 11:23 AM on July 21, 2016 [8 favorites]


HOLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!
posted by rocketman at 11:52 AM on July 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


This was a joy to watch but I want the Obamas (Michelle more so) to stop making things like this. It's hard enough to get away from the shitshow of the campaign and the messy future. Now we have to accommodate missing the best FLOTUS ever too?
I keep saying this over and over again.. imagine any first lady doing that awesome Beyonce dance.. it's impossible, I tell you.

I hope and pray she isn't the last smart AND decent person to reside in the first house.
posted by savitarka at 12:42 PM on July 21, 2016 [8 favorites]


God, I love Michelle Obama. Her warmth, her brilliance, her charm. I'm a grown-ass woman and she's still who I want to be when I grow up.

Same.

I don't know about all y'all but regardless of the results in November, I'm gonna have to take inauguration day off to cry my damn face off that this family is leaving the White House. But I also cannot wait to see what they all go on to do with their lives.
posted by palomar at 1:18 PM on July 21, 2016 [5 favorites]


I see the Secret Service is not on Snapchat yet like all the hip govt. officials.
posted by drlith at 1:38 PM on July 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


This was a joy to watch but I want the Obamas (Michelle more so) to stop making things like this.

Stockpile. You said "stop making" but in your heart you know "stockpile" is the better sentiment. More, please. For future use.
posted by psoas at 1:50 PM on July 21, 2016


Was not at all expecting to get teary watching that, but I just came from the Trump thread, so I'm feeling just a bit, you know, vulnerable right now.
posted by vverse23 at 1:51 PM on July 21, 2016 [1 favorite]


I nearly cried. I'm a BIG Missy Elliott fan and I really like Michelle. Missy Elliott posted on her Facebook page:
I'm still pinching myself for real! God knows I'm so thankful and humbled look y'all I was shocked when The First Lady knew the words to my song she so cool she like your cousins that be at all the family reunions every year turnt! She so kind and a beautiful heart!super SMART/WISE! This made me cry tears of joy because this moment Is a blessing for me I'm Humbled
posted by Peach at 2:10 PM on July 21, 2016 [34 favorites]


Michelle Obama GOAT. I've said it before, but I genuinely pity people who do not find joy in the way she conducts herself every day.

I couldn't tell who was having more fun.
posted by dry white toast at 3:16 PM on July 21, 2016 [5 favorites]


Did anyone else see Seinfeld in the bushes by the oval office?
posted by skippyhacker at 3:30 PM on July 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


I can't remember who pointed this out on Twitter, and I'm sure there's a more nuanced way of putting this, but one of many sad things about the Obamas leaving the White House is going to be the loss of such a visible platform for the promotion of black American culture.

The first a lot of the early enthusiasts heard of Hamilton was at the White House. In 2009.

And I wish we had politicians that human! (No, Boris. You aren't.)
posted by Francis at 3:59 PM on July 21, 2016 [2 favorites]


Once again, Missy makes everything 100x better.
posted by LMGM at 4:04 PM on July 21, 2016


I keep saying this over and over again.. imagine any first lady doing that awesome Beyonce dance.

One of my favorite things about the past 8 years has been watching the Kennedy Center Honors, and seeing Michelle straight-up rock out during a lot of the performances. Absolute highest point - when Snoop Dogg rapped a mashup of "Cantaloop Fantasia" and "Gin and Juice" during the Herbie Hancock induction and they had a shot of Michelle sitting there next to Carlos Santana and she was raising the roof.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:29 PM on July 21, 2016 [5 favorites]


This was so good! I love Michelle Obama so much.
posted by apricot at 5:44 PM on July 21, 2016


Everytime that my negative brain fools me into thinking that we are in the worst timeline I'm going to remind myself of things like this.

As far as I know the 22nd Amendment only refers to the presidency, I would totally support Michelle being FLOTUS for Life assuming that her long term plans aren't being POTUS.

But yeah let her keep expanding the white house vegetable garden to include the entire white house lawn.
posted by vuron at 6:11 PM on July 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


She has the range.
posted by schmod at 6:28 PM on July 21, 2016 [3 favorites]


MO and ME are the (rightful) stars here, but I also want to give credit to Corden for overcoming my (America's?) initial reaction of "ugh, who's this interloper?" and really working hard to charm us. This and the Tonys hosting gig were great stuff.
posted by psoas at 10:27 AM on July 22, 2016




one of many sad things about the Obamas leaving the White House is going to be the loss of such a visible platform for the promotion of black American culture.

Indeed. Contrast this bit of Presidential joy with it's antithesis: Elvis hangs with Nixon.
posted by kjs3 at 7:51 PM on July 24, 2016 [1 favorite]


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