It's been almost eight years since Michelle Obama was able to sit in a passenger seat and sing along to the radio, so it's a good thing James Corden stopped by the White House recently. In the latest edition of Carpool Karaoke, Corden drives Obama repeatedly around the White House driveway as they belt out tunes from Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, and Missy Elliot, who makes a surprise appearance. A few takes:
- "It's official: we, the people, have the most viral First Lady ever," writes Laura Bradley at Vanity Fair, noting Obama knows Beyonce's "Single Ladies" "by heart, complete with hand-waving choreography."
- Obama "doesn’t have a bad singing voice" and "can really spit some flow too," writes Brian Moylan at the Guardian. He compares her to Jackie Kennedy and wonders what we'll all do without her come January.
- Meanwhile, Elliot tells CNN that she thought she was dreaming throughout. "I know for a fact that it was all over my face like, 'Wait, is she rapping this?'" she says of the moment Obama started spitting her rhymes. "But that goes to show you just how cool she is. People hold her in such a high regard—as you should—but she's so down to earth."
The video—in which Obama reveals her and her hubby's Secret Service code names—even drew a shout out from the agency. "Thank you @JKCorden and the @latelateshow for bringing @FLOTUS home safe and sound after #CarpoolKaraoke. We were watching," it tweeted
. (Carpool Karaoke is becoming its own show