Watch ‘Hamilton’ Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Freestyle with President Obama

If you, like me, have seriously pondered throwing financial responsibility to the wind in order to snag a $700 third-party ticket to Broadway sensation “Hamilton,” here’s a tiny taste of why the world is losing its mind over the groundbreaking musical.

The cast of the show—based on the life of Alexander Hamilton, largely rapped through by mostly African-American and Hispanic characters—visited the White House on Monday, and its star and creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, performed a freestyle rap with President Obama.

In “Rose Garden Freestyle,” Miranda impressively spit rhymes based on cue cards the President held up that included words and phrases like “the Federalist Papers,” “Obamacare,” “Supreme Court,” and “Sonny and Bo.”

For his part, Obama proved once again why he’ll go down in history as the coolest, most modern commander in chief ever by instructing Miranda to “drop the beat,” giving him a pound at the end, and quipping, “Do you think that’s going viral? That’s going viral.”

Watch the moment above, and if it inspires you to snag tickets to the perpetually sold-out, gushed-about show, I beg you: Please take me.

 

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