Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Hamilton’ Creator, Freestyles for Obama at the White House

By Sherley Boursiquot
Sherley Boursiquot
Sherley Boursiquot
March 15, 2016 Updated: March 17, 2016

Obama doesn’t get cooler than this, or as legendary sportscaster, Stuart Scott, would say, “Cooler than the other side of the pillow.”

If you haven’t had the opportunity to attend the infamous Broadway’s hip-hop hit “Hamilton,” don’t fret, we’ve got you covered.

On March 14, the Obamas invited the cast of “Hamilton” to the White House to perform a few songs from the show then attend a student workshop followed by some Q & A.

But what really stole the day was when the president assisted Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator and star, in a freestyle rap by holding a printed stack of cards—all politically related—that got incorporated into the rap.

Miranda says after the song that he didn’t see any of the cards ahead of time to prepare for his rap. Still, he completely nailed it. Obama is even nodding along, evidently, enjoying his clever performance too. 

“You think that’s going viral?” Obama asked towards the end. “That’s going viral.”

Yes, yes it is Obama.

This wasn’t the first time Miranda has performed at the White House. Back in May 2009, he performed “The Hamilton Mixtape” at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word.