Michelle Obama took a break from her duties as first lady to let off some steam in this week’s Carpool Karaoke segment. The appearance follows this week’s controversy surrounding Melania Tump’s alleged plagiarization of Obama’s 2008 speech.
On “The Late Late Show With James Corden” Wednesday, host James Corden stopped by the White House for a tour and was joined by Obama to belt out several of her favorite songs, including Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on it)” by Beyoncé, and “This Is For My Girls,” a charity single for her Let Girls Learn initiative.
It was on the last song that Missy Elliot – who was celebrated at VH1’s Hip Hop Honors earlier this month – joined the ride. She instantly appeared in the back seat for her verse, to the delight of Obama and Corden. The trio then jammed to Missy’s 2001 hit “Get Ur Freak On.”
The segment was applauded online.
User @keyerajay called Obama the “greatest first lady of all time.”
Nah, Michelle Obama is really the greatest First Lady of all time! Debate your ashy uncle, not me. pic.twitter.com/cqQDHchMqb
— olivia nope. (@keyerajay) July 21, 2016
User 9teen. said watching Obama and Missy together was the best part of the year.
watching michelle obama & missy elliott sing get yo freak on is a highlight of the year for me. #CarpoolKaraoke
— 9teen. (@Blvck_Picvsso) July 21, 2016
Jillian also praised the pairing.
— Jillian (@jillianbowe) July 21, 2016
Singer Janelle Moné – who is featured on “This is For My Girls” with the likes of Kelly Rowland and Zendaya – said the song’s feature on Carpool Karaoke was “perfection.”
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) July 21, 2016
The Secret Service thanked Corden and his talk show for bringing Obama back home safely.
— U.S. Secret Service (@SecretService) July 21, 2016
Missy retweeted reactions from the show’s Twitter page and linked to her charity song during the segment. “This is For My Girls” was released in March, according to Billboard, and promotes girls’ education around the world.
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) July 21, 2016
See the complete segment below.