Obama Caps Off Youth Vote Drive With Rolling Stone Cover

Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012 12:52 PM

By James Hirsen

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President Barack Obama punctuated a week dedicated to reaching out to the youth vote by granting an interview and agreeing to appear on the cover of an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

In the interview conducted by Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, the president talked about pop culture subjects that corresponded with his Tuesday night appearance on NBC's “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” as well as his college campus tour in three key election swing states (North Carolina, Colorado, and Iowa).

Obama told Wenner about his admiration for Mick Jagger, front man for the legendary rock band The Rolling Stones, with whom he met at a February White House tribute to the blues. The president noted the respect that Jagger holds for some younger and lesser-known musicians.

Obama also characterized Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as “brilliant,” stating: “It's amazing to me the degree to which he's [Stewart] able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense.”

On Fallon’s show, as other guests of the program have done, Obama participated in one of Fallon’s comic routines, which is referred to as a “slow jam” of the news.

“I want to slow jam the news, and I'm not the only one,” Fallon told his audience as Obama entered the stage.

“I'm President Barack Obama and I, too, want to slow jam the news,” the president said, while Fallon’s band, the Roots, played a soulful upbeat version of “Hail to the Chief.”

As he has done at various college appearances, the president used the “slow jam” moment, with the accompanying Roots background music, to make yet another appeal for the youth vote by talking about keeping the costs of student loans low.

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