Obama & The Roots Slow Jam The News, Dave Matthews Premieres “Mercy” On Fallon

Tom Breihan | April 25, 2012 - 8:59 am

Last night, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon played host to the one guest who might potentially be more exciting than another Jawbox reunion: Barack Obama, the President of the United States of America. And Obama participated in a running Fallon sketch that might’ve been created expressly for him: Slow Jammin’ the News. The sketch allowed him the chance to indulge in some old-school ’70s-soul cool, collaborate with longtime supporters the Roots, and get across some of his ideas about holding down student-loan interest. His granite-faced delivery was great, and his mic-drop at the end was even better.

Also, on the same show, Dave Matthews hooked up with Roots guitarist Captain Kirk Douglas to debut a new acoustic ballad called “Mercy.” Are the skies going to open up and swallow my soul if I say that I liked it? Because I did. Watch Obama and Matthews below.

Pretty amped for Obama to keep the campaign-trail charm on full-blast like this.