Pretty much the only fun part of our presidential elections is watching candidates go onto the late-night shows and try–and sometimes succeed!–at some kind of silly antics.
The latest to give it a try? South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg! He went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to take part in the classic bit, “Slow Jam the News.”
You know, the thing where Fallon and The Roots turn news stories into extremely sexy 70s R&B slow jams.
Hit it, Mayor Pete!
The bit had everything, including, of course, jokes about Buttigieg’s name: Fallon calls him “Booty Judge” before the roots launch into a rendition of the “Booty booty booty booty rockin everywhere!” refrain from Bubba Sparxxx’s “Ms. New Booty.”
And, of course, Buttigieg got to talk about his platform, in the most romantic way possible. We also learned some fun facts about him. Like how “Buttigieg” is worth 800 points in Scrabble! (Assuming you hit some “triple word score” squares, presumably!)
But it was Mayor Pete who got the last laugh: when Jimmy made a joke comparing him to Beaver Cleaver from the 50s show Leave It to Beaver, Bootyjudge–sorry, Buttigieg–feigned ignorance before quipping, “Sorry Jimmy, must be a generational thing.” Own that Millennial youthfulness, Mayor Pete!
Of course, there was more to Buttigieg’s appearance on Fallon than just his R&B crooning. He also addressed Donald Trump’s attempt to insult him by comparing him to MAD Magazine‘s Alfred E. Neuman… a reference that kinda goes over the heads of anyone under say, 60 years old…
Not exactly the sickest of burns! And certainly no match for Buttigieg’s response:
“We talk a lot about elevating the dialogue, so I guess the fact I inspired him to make a literary reference possibly for the first time…”
The audience had a hearty laugh as Buttigieg trailed off.
He also talked with Fallon about, of course, his presidential ambitions, a run-in with Jerry Seinfeld and even his Game of Thrones predictions.
You can see the full interview here:
On social media, people were LOVING this moment of hilarious R&B realness:
I could not have loved that any more!!
— Michael Pankratz (@eyedocp) May 14, 2019
His expression while Jimmy was talking — you could see him trying HARD not to laugh!
— Lee Cox (@legaleagle48) May 14, 2019
When he walked out, I started a silent prayer … pleasedontsinganddancepleasedontsinganddance….I wasn't sure what was happening!! 😆
— Shandy (@Shandy556) May 14, 2019
Pete was great. Perfect. His segment and Slow Jam News. How can you not like this man.
— SpaceBurritoCat4Prez 🏳️🌈 (@JNoBoston) May 14, 2019
Omg this was the best! Me and my guy were cracking up! Loved it.
— Alana 💗 (@OHthatALANA) May 14, 2019
Perfect end to another nutty Trump tweetin’ day..! Thank you Major Pete. Definitely want to see more of you!!!
— Twinkle Ninja (@Writerninja1) May 14, 2019
Bootyjiggy HAHAHAHA @PeteButtigieg trying hard not to laugh at times.. This is great !
— Myra Overly (@MyraOverly) May 14, 2019
Please – Pete’s eyebrow raise as Jimmy says “Pete Buttigieg wants to satisfy all your needs.” Ded. I am legit ded! 🤣
— CaramelSun (@CaramelSun1) May 14, 2019
This was AWESOME, y'all had me laughing so much with this😂😂😂 and still very well spoken👏👏👏 loved it💝💝
— 🍀Trini FalPal🍀 (@Neuro2343) May 14, 2019
OMG! @PeteButtigieg was SO good! Not a single stumble on “Slow Jam”, great story about @JerrySeinfeld , & slipped in a show-stopping dig on tRUmp!🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
I’M LOVING THIS GUY!❤️🧡💛💚💙💜❣️🥰
Thanks, Jimmy—-fantastic job by BOTH of you!😉🌊☮️❄️ https://t.co/MhPscHZetG
— Jan Flake❄️❄️Proud RESISTER (@janflake71) May 14, 2019
"His name is worth 800 points in Scrabble."
— 🎲 Gamers for Pete (@Gamers4Pete) May 14, 2019
“He’s ready and prepared for a primary battle.
His name is worth 800 points in scrabble.”
— Mayor Pete’s Cow 🐮 (@PeteCow) May 14, 2019
— Chris Bohjalian (@ChrisBohjalian) May 14, 2019
For some, Pete’s performance was so good it has them drawing comparisons between him and a certain former POTUS!
Last month, the hosts of Fox & Friends openly worried that Mayor Pete Buttigieg might be the next Barack Obama. Now, Jimmy Fallon may have just confirmed their worst nightmare. https://t.co/S3uH7yDLEW
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) May 14, 2019
It was, of course, none other than Barack Obama who did the most iconic “Slow Jam the News” rendition back in 2016.
Who knows, maybe it will translate into success at the polls!