That Time Barack Obama Showed Prince His 'Dad Moves'

Jan 12, 2018 at 7:35 a.m. ET
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If there's one thing I would likely give most of my earthly possessions to see, it's probably Barack Obama dancing. No, I am not kidding, and yes, if you happen to have some footage of his dance moves lying around, please let me know. Until then, I'll just have to imagine what they're like, which is helped along by the fact that recently, Obama opened up to David Letterman about dancing in front of Prince during a (presumably) special private concert.

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Obama's interview with Letterman is one in a series of interviews for the former late-night talk show host's new Netflix series, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman. During this seemingly candid interview, Obama recalls how he showed off his dance moves in front of the late music legend.

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"This was probably three or four months before he died, and Prince asked Sasha to come up and dance — and she's an excellent dancer," Obama recalled, going on to explain the key to pulling off some good dance moves when you're a dad. The trick? You have to stay "in the pocket."

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"Then Sasha pulls me up," he continued, "which surprises me because she always mocks my dancing but I have dad moves. And I think the key is what we call staying in the pocket. You gotta stay in the pocket because I think everybody here knows dads who get out of the pocket, and they're trying stuff that they can't really pull off and they start doing, like, karate kicks and all kinds of stuff."

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Letterman appeared to get a real kick out of hearing Obama's story and seemed just as interested in what these mysterious "in the pocket" dance moves look like as I do. Seriously, Mr. Former POTUS, when are you gonna show them to us? Inquiring minds are dying to know.

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