Obama Sings Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ In New ‘BarackDubs’ Video
President Barack Obama, in the latest “BarackDubs” video, sings Drake’s smash hit “Hotline Bling.”
Obama Sings ‘Hotline Bling’
Like with past videos of the president “singing,” the “Hotline Bling” video uses sound bites spliced from his speeches and mashed up into the song’s lyrics. The video even features Obama’s head superimposed on Drake’s body dancing in the original music video.
All of the “BarackDubs” videos are the work of YouTuber Fadi Saleh, who started doing them in 2012. Explaining why he chose Obama as his video dub muse, Saleh says it was really a matter of Obama being one of the best known people in the world.
“Whether you love him or hate him, he’s a rock star president,” Saleh told NBC News. “People across the world know him and you can see that in the [comments]. People say, ‘I hate Obama, but I love this video.’ Or ‘I love Obama and I love this video.’ So he’s this all encompassing character and a rock star. Who doesn’t want to hear him sing?”
With Obama’s run in office coming to a close in the near future, Saleh has his eye on future subjects. One of the likely stars of an upcoming video is real estate mogul-turned-GOP frontrunner Donald Trump.
“Over the next year I’ll be experimenting with this stuff. So by the beginning of 2017, you should see a lot more variety in the people I make sing. That’s the plan,” Saleh said. “TrumpDub is definitely happening. He sort of divided the nation and he’s going to leave a legacy on the Republican party for the next decade. It’s going to be a great video.”
As of this writing, the Obama “Hotline Bling” video has 1,704,013 views.