President Obama's Tuesday night appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon produced a lot of talk about one thing in particular: The incredible "slow jam the news" segment, seen in the video above. And this is not without good reason. The segment was surprising, humble, and completely hilarious.
But the viral explosion of that video yesterday overshadowed some other important moments in the formal interview that followed. One of them, certainly, was the revelation that the First Couple had only just paid off their student loans eight years ago. Obama explained:
But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I'm the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.
An arguably more interesting moment, however, came later in the interview when Fallon lobbed what sounded like a softball question: "If there was a magical thing you could do...anything you could pass just by snapping your fingers...that would change the world, what would it be?"
"Along with getting our education system right," Obama responded , "another big piece of business is energy." He continued by stating that "we have to be sure we are investing in the clean energy sources of the future." He then pointed out that the US Government continues to subsidize the oil industry, even as these companies make billions in profits through activities detrimental to our future success.
President Obama on the importance of clean energy. Begins around 1:58.
Ending these subsidies is not going to be easy, of course, but statements like this combined with a series of persistant ads in target markets indicate that it may be a key component of Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign.