— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 15, 2016
Broadway actor extraordinaire Lin-Manuel Miranda is having some kind of year, and considering the continued success of Hamilton–it just won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album–it doesn’t appear that the 36-year-old former star of In The Heights and his stellar co-stars will be going anywhere any time soon. (In fact, it’s likely they can’t, the show is already sold out through the end of the year.)
Miranda’s blistering 2016 continued last night when The White House’s Twitter account unveiled what’s being pegged as “The Rose Garden Freestyle,” featuring none other than President Barack Obama holding up flash cards while Miranda unleashed a freestyle to each phrase with nothing but a steady drum backing. From “The Federalist Papers” to “Obamacare,” Miranda deftly handled each word or phrase that was tossed his way, and then he tossed the mic with a little help from POTUS.
This isn’t the first time the First Family has used rap to help promote one of their interests. Last year, Michelle Obama teamed up with Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharaoh for a hilarious set of rhymes about the importance of going to college, which of course went ridiculously viral. POTUS is clearly one for competition. “You think this will go viral?” is the last thing he says before the video concludes.