FLOTUS on the track: Michelle Obama makes rap video for college campaign

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama delivers remarks as she presents the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards at the White House in Washington, November 17, 2015 (Reuters)

Striding out of the White House in slow motion, sporting oversized sunglasses, Michelle Obama lays down a rap track aimed at raising the star power of math majors and engineering students.

“If you wanna fly jets, you should go to college. Reach high and cash checks? Fill your head with knowledge,” Obama rhymes as comedian Jay Pharoah, known for his Saturday Night Live impression of her husband President Barack Obama, makes a stack of bills rain onto the floor of the White House.

The video is a funny and affectionate send-up of the celebrity culture that Obama has said she wants to turn on its head to try to get more American kids thinking about higher education.

Obama’s ‘Better Make Room’ campaign, targeting students aged 14 to 19, encourages them to go to college by giving them a brush with fame on social media with help from celebrities like Pharoah and basketball great LeBron James.

The campaign is part of a larger White House effort to address slipping U.S. college graduation rates.

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