President Obama Slow Jams the News, Talks Trump on 'The Tonight Show'

The commander in chief even did his own version of "thank you notes" Thursday night.
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'The Tonight Show'

President Barack Obama joined Jimmy Fallon on late-night Thursday to talk about his soon-to-be-over term as commander-in-chief. But before they sat down for their interview, Fallon enlisted The Roots' Tariq to "slow jam the news" with Obama on The Tonight Show, covering his achievements as president. 

"It's been an honor and a privilege to serve as your president over the past eight years," Obama began, explaining his accomplishments in the economic sector. 

"Aw yeah, President Obama stimulated long-term growth," sang Fallon in his "slow jam" voice, "and told the American people, 'Yes, we can.'"

"He's created lots of jobs for you and me, and he's got one more left for Hillary," Tariq sang. The episode aired after he officially endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday, saying in a video that "I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office." 

Obama then summed up progressive steps he's taken over his term in the slow jam: "In short: Climate change is real, health care is affordable and love is love," he said. 

"Commander in Preach!" said Fallon. "You've got to listen to my man Bareezus, he's accomplished a lot in eight years. Even when Congress tried to block him, he found a way through the back door," to which both Fallon and Obama couldn't help but laugh. 

Some "have been critical of my foreign policy," said Obama, when Tariq sang, "He's talkin' about Donald Trump …"

And when Obama told Fallon he was for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Fallon had to ask: "You down with TPP?"

Said Obama: "You know me."

During their sit-down interview, Fallon asked Obama if he was getting sentimental about his last eight months in office, but more specifically, "When do they say, you've got to have your bags packed, get out of here?"

"I don't know," Obama said, "I should find out …"

Fallon also wanted to make sure Obama wasn't "going to be that kid that graduated high school and never left," when they spoke about the president staying in Washington, D.C., after leaving office. Obama agreed, saying he doesn't want to be "the old guy at the disco."

Later, Fallon insisted that "we have to talk about the election," to which Obama replied: "Do we?"

"It was a healthy thing for the Democratic party to have a contested primary," Obama told Fallon, saying that he thinks Bernie Sanders "pushed the party and challenged them," making Hillary Clinton "a better candidate." 

He added that his main job in this election is to "remind the American people that this is a serious job, this is not reality TV." 

"Speaking of reality TV …" said Fallon, turning the conversation to Donald Trump, "do you think the Republicans are happy with their choice?"

"We are, but I don't know how they feel." Then leaving the joking aside, Obama added that in his opinion, "What's happened in that party, culminating in this current nomination, is not something that's good for the country as a whole, and not something that Republicans should wish for." 

Before Madonna took the Tonight Show stage to perform, Fallon and Obama even did a POTUS edition of his "thank you notes" segment. 

This was President Obama's first appearance on Fallon's Tonight Show. He had previously appeared on a special episode of Late Night in 2012, in which he (as the "Preezy of the United Steezy") slow jammed the news with the late-night host. Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have all appeared on the show.