We recently reported on a study that found 4 out of 5 parents aren't convinced the investment they must make to send their kids to college is worth the value it delivers. Here to dispute that notion is M.C. Michelle Obama; that's right, the FLOTUS is in the (White) house with a rap encouraging kids to seek higher education.
In her music video, published by College Humor, we first see a couple of high school kids talking about what they are going to do once they graduate. It doesn't seem like they have big plans other than "hanging out." Cue Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah, who pops up to school the teens that their future is nothing to toy with.
"Help me out FLOTUS!" Pharoah raps.
And there's Obama, in front of the White House, ready to kick it old school! "If you want to fly jets, you should go to college!" she urges. "If you want to watch paint, don't go to college." Did I mention she's got the fly moves to match the dope lyrics?
Soon we see an image of Obama wearing her cap and gown as she raps, "South Side Chicago we all know we had to do overtime everynight to make it tomorrow." (Which she so did, having graduated from Harvard Law School.)
The main message of the video is that if kids want to have a future doing just about anything awesome, they should get a four-year degree.
About her participation in the project that encourages kids to "make room for what they'll do next," and stay in school, Obama said in a statement, "When I launched my Better Make Room campaign in October, I said that this campaign is about celebrating students the same way we celebrate athletes and celebrities. I want to honor and empower young people who are working hard in school and pursuing their dreams—and I want to do it in a fun and fresh way—and that's why I was so excited to film this 'music video' with Jay Pharoah, CollegeHumor, and the Gregory Brothers."
You go, FLOTUS!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.