If there’s anyone who needs to go all out for the Fourth of July, it’s the President of the United States. So true to his title, Barack Obama pulled some strings and got both Janelle Monáe and Kendrick Lamar to perform at the White House yesterday. Following Monáe’s electric performance, the President reminded guests in attendance about the reason we celebrate this country’s independence in the first place. “Fourth of July is about family, it’s about the American family,” he said. “We all know that our freedoms are dependent on the incredible group of men and women in uniform who look out for us every single day.”
After Obama’s speech, he paid tribute to his two famous guests and their philanthropy. “I have to tell you, these two, I’ve gotten a chance to know, and they are both amazing artists and talented and popular and doing great things,” he said. “But they are also very conscious about their responsibilities and obligations. And they put in a lot of time and effort on behalf of a lot of causes that are important.”
And then, Obama turned his attention to his daughter Malia, who just happened to be celebrating her 18th birthday. “Just because it’s the job of a father to embarrass his daughters, I’ve got one last job,” he said. The President then burst into a very shaky rendition of “Happy Birthday” before his daughter hopped up on stage to give him a giant hug. Normally, Obama’s pitchy performance might be enough to embarrass his daughter, but when Lamar and Monáe are singing along with you, then you kind of get a pass.