President Obama appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, which was broadcasting from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, last night to explain his call to halt a pending hike in student loan interest rates — with the help of The Roots and the host himself:
I can’t decide what I like most about this: the suggestion that Congress should get bipartisan “like Kim and Kanye”? The description of Obama as “the POTUS with the Mostest”? Jimmy Fallon shouting out golden-era Jackson 5 by telling the audience “Stop — the loan you save may be your own”? Obama’s total nerd-dad version of the mic drop, the most delightfully decisive move in hip-hop? Actually, I think it may have been the revelation that the Obamas didn’t pay off their student loans until 2004:
The idea that student loans can follow you throughout your life is not an exaggeration. That they can chase you all the way to the U.S. Senate (or the White House), and could stick around for longer if you don’t get a job out of school ought to be frightening, and to inspire compassion, no matter what side of the aisle you sit on.