Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. was one of many celebrities who went to the White House to bid farewell to President Obama on BET’s Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration. Movie stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Bradley Cooper spoke briefly about Obama before introducing musical acts including Common, Jill Scott, the Roots, Usher, and even Bell Biv DeVoe. But the performance of the night was from Leslie Odom Jr., who sang an original Hamilton-inspired song about the Obamas.
Leslie rapped about Obama’s rise to the White House with lyrics like, “Organizer to senator, he went through door, and whoa, it’s that great speech 2004, and whoa, world began to really pay attention, to the top spot could be his, the people started to listen.” Of course, Leslie couldn’t leave out the woman behind the man. He sang, “Then there’s Michelle, she’s ride or die, an amazing woman, right there by his side.”
Leslie ended the the song by saying, “I’m still working on it, I’m gonna get Lin to punch it up, I promise,” referring to Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created Hamilton.
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