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Obama Talks Dad Dance Moves on David Letterman’s New Netflix Special

The former President shares his secret for not making a fool of himself on the dance floor.


It’s been almost three years since David Letterman‘s final episode of The Late Show, but he’s finally returning to television. His new Netflix program, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, premieres tomorrow and his first guest is none other than former President Barack Obama, who stops by to chat dad dance moves among other topics. In a preview, Obama discusses how he kept from embarrassing himself ⏤ and Sasha, who always mocked his two left feet⏤ when Prince invited them on stage to dance during a show.

To us, Obama is the dictionary definition of cool. But to Malia and Sasha, he’s just dad. And no matter how cool you are to the rest of the world, you will always be seen as kind of a dork to your kids. Obama proudly admitted that he has “dad moves” and was nervous about embarrassing himself and his daughter in front of one of the most iconic musical artists of all time.

Fortunately, Obama had a brilliant strategy to ensure that his dancing wouldn’t attract too much attention. He told Letterman that the key to is “staying in your lane” or “staying in the pocket” in football parlance, which means knowing your limits and not trying to pull off moves that you are way too old for. Obama warned Letterman against karate kicks or anything else that he or other dads may be tempted to bust out next time they cut a rug. Thankfully, Obama stayed in the pocket, didn’t get sacked, and ended up having a fun time dancing with Sasha and Prince instead of traumatizing his daughter for life with an ill-advised attempt at the worm.