The president says he knows how to bust a move.
President Obama's three-day fundraising tour on the West Coast included a Wednesday event at the Los Angeles home of Scandal and Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes. During his remarks, he revealed to the group of donors that he has in the past busted some moves on the dance floor with musical artists Usher and Janelle Monae.
His "girl," Monae, "has performed at the White House, like, 15 times. There’s going to be an official Janelle Monae room in the White House," the president said. "And I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor. Now, this is top secret. She has promised that this will never be released. But she can blackmail me at any time."
Obama also called on Monae to "testify" that he's kind of good on his feet.
"Go ahead, testify just a little bit," he said. "Let me say I did not drop in splits. But I did bust a move. That I did do."
Guests at the $1,000-a-head event included actress Kerry Washington, who the president commended for being a supporter early on, when other people were still trying to figure out how to pronounce his name.
"She didn't jump on the bandwagon. She pushed when the wagon was stuck in the mud," Obama said. "And she's just been a great friend."
On Thursday, the president will deliver a speech on the economy and attend another fundraiser. This and other recent trips have stirred controversy because of ongoing crises in the Ukraine, Gaza and here at home. But White House officials have countered that the president is perfectly capable of continuing to do his job while on the road.
"When the president travels, he travels with an array of staff and advisers and communications equipment that allow him to do his job from wherever he happens to be,” said spokesman Josh Earnest earlier this week. “And if it becomes clear that there’s a need for him to come back to the White House in order to fulfill those functions, then we’ll make a change in his schedule. Right now, it’s not apparent that that’s the case.”
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