President Obama rolled up his sleeves and got down with Usher on the dance floor

By Stephanie Petit
Updated October 23, 2016 10:26 AM
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Credit: Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

President Barack Obama promised there would be no twerking (at least from him) at his final musical night event at the White House on Friday, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t get down.

BET’s Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience event featured performances from artists such as Usher, Janelle Monáe, Jill Scott, Common and the Roots. After the formalities wrapped, the crowd hit the dance floor, where Usher managed to capture a hilarious video of Obama and Monáe grooving to Drake’s “Hotline Bling.”

The President didn’t stop there. Musician James Poyser took to Twitter to report that Usher and Obama pulled out another popular dance move.

“When the POTUS is dabbing with @Usher in the middle of the dance floor at the White House, you KNOW you’re at the most epic party ever!!” he wrote in the early hours of Saturday morning.


In his opening remarks on Friday, the 55-year-old commander-in-chief reflected on past performances at the White House during his tenure, recalling amazing performances by legendary musicians.

“We’ve had Bob Dylan and we’ve had Jennifer Hudson. Gloria Estefan and Los Lobos. Aretha, Patti, Smokey,” Obama said. “I’ve had Paul McCartney singing ‘Michelle’ to Michelle and Stevie singing ‘Happy Birthday.’ ”

“We’ve had Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger getting me to sing ‘Sweet Home Chicago,’ ” he continued. “So this has been one of our favorite traditions, and it’s with a little bit of bittersweetness that this is our final musical evening as president and first lady.”