President Barack Obama is just like the rest just like like you, notably when you look at the kind of music he listens to to get pumped up for a big moment. When the current President of the United States needed to mentally prepare to deliver a speech at the Democratic National Convention, he turned to Eminem‘s “Lose Yourself,” as we suspect plenty of other people would have in that situation.
In the video, the Commander-in-Chief is seen heavily nodding his head to the unmistakable words of Eminem, which makes sense considering the 2002 track is not only arguably Eminem’s greatest song, but also a clear motivator to win. It’s an emotionally charged track that captures the urgency for success and the refusal to fail, which pretty much sums up the vibe of this year’s election. Not even the President of the United States can resist the power behind Em’s heart-pounding hook.
In the behind the scenes DNC video, you also see Obama enjoying some backstage banter with former president, Bill Clinton, as they joke about Obama’s remark that Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hillary Clinton, is more qualified than both of them for the job. Then the video goes back to reality, taking us straight to the already iconic moment when Obama and Clinton embraced onstage following his speech.
Throughout his presidency, Obama has shared his affinity for hip-hop and has invited rappers on several occasions to The White House to discuss various initiatives and issues including J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Chance the Rapper, and Macklemore. Wale was on the scene to perform before his final State of the Union address this past January and Kendrick Lamar, who coincidentally dropped Obama’s favorite song of 2015, delivered an incredible performance at the annual White House Fourth of July party.
Undoubtedly, rap proved once again to be a powerful tool for the President. Watch Obama blast some Eminem above and revisit his DNC speech here.