President Obama’s Vietnam trip ended with a bang on Wednesday—or, more accurately, with a “ba-boom ba-boom pfft.”
Speaking in Ho Chi Minh City at a town hall hosted by the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, the president said he had time for one last question. Then he called on a young woman in the audience named Suboi, who said she was a rapper in Vietnam.
Obama asked her to prove it.
“Before I answer your question, why don’t you give me a little rap?” the president asked. “Do you need, like, a little beat?”
Then, for about two glorious seconds, the president beatboxed.
Sadly, Obama did not continue the beat through the young woman’s verse, but he gamely listened and analyzed her lyrics with her after she finished.
Even so, this is almost doubtlessly a historic moment: the first-ever Presidential Beatbox.