Barack Obama may be the former president of the United States, but when it comes to his two daughters — 22-year-old Malia and 19-year-old Sasha — they’re just as embarrassed of their dad as any other daughter.
Last week, 59-year-old Obama gave his social media followers the chance to ask him questions about his Renegades: Born In The USA podcast with Bruce Springsteen. On Friday, Complex posted a video of him answering their specific question, which was an inquiry about whether he has one rap verse he can recite by heart. Obama is a well-known rap fan, citing his love for artists like Kendrick Lamar and JAY-Z.
“First of all, Complex, you do not want to hear me rap,” he joked. “When I have tried to rap, my daughters have rolled their eyes, covered their ears. They think it’s painful. They even think my dancing is better than my rapping.”
That being said, Obama did mention a specific song that he loves, one that was played frequently on his iPod while he was running for president: “My 1st Song,” by JAY-Z.
“It talks about the struggle of just trying to make it,” he explained. “And sometimes you have to resort to false bravado, and hustle, and tamping down your insecurities. And when I was running for president obviously, you know at that point, I didn’t know whether I was gonna make it. So somehow that inspired me.”
He went on to recite a line from the song that still inspires him today.
“There was a line in there, ‘Treat my first is my last and my last as my first, and my thirst is the same as when I came,'” he shared. “And, I actually kept on listening to that song during the presidency because it was a reminder that even when you do make it, you know, having a little bit of that sense of still being hungry, still having to work hard, still having to prove something, that that’s what keeps propelling you forward. But, I’m still not gonna rap it.”
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