Snoop Dogg and Kerry Fist-Bumped; More Politicians Who've Tried to Be Cool and Failed
Put your stunna shades on, John Kerry, because you deserve it. The WASP-y, yacht-loving Secretary of State met life-sized blunt Snoop Dogg — erm, Snoop Lion? Snoopzilla? — at a White House gathering for the 2013 Kennedy Center honorees, and Kerry proceeded to give Snoop a fist bump. So they're basically best bros now. Maybe Snoop was passing around more than just good vibes?
In a video posted on Snoop's Instagram account, the pair discusses jazz legend Herbie Hancock, with Kerry telling Snoop, "He invented your whole thing [hip-hop]," and Snoop agreeing. The rapper looks like he wasn't expecting Kerry's fist bump, but he does a little dance after Kerry walks away. At the event, Snoop later performed "Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)," a riff of Hancock's "Cantaloupe Island."
Snoop is just the latest addition to the Obama Administration's growing hip-hop family — the president probably has Jay-Z and Beyonce on speed-dial by now. After all, our president already caught flack for inviting rapper Common to the White House to read poetry. (Conservatives freaked out over his "violent" lyrics, and the Obamas were all like whatever, haters.)
And you never know — maybe with this most recent display of fist-bump diplomacy, the administration will reconsider their stance on marijuana legalization. We can dream.
Let's take a look at other politicians who've tried to be cool — but just ended up being as embarrassing as your dad when you were 14 years old.
Mitt Romney is a Twi-Hard
It's very hilarious when half-robot/half-bottle of hair gel and former GOP Presidential contender Mitt Romney tries to act normal. After conceding his defeat to Obama in 2012, Romney just tried to be a regular Joe, keeping a low profile and enjoying movie date night. According to an upcoming documentary, MITT, Romney's own son tells him "People may think of you as a laughing-stock, but that's OK." During the presidential campaign, Romney told reporters that he is a fan of the Twilight series — and he seems to be very much on Team Edward.
John McCain and Snooki are BFFLs
Arizona Sen. and former presidential runner-up John McCain has a surprisingly vast knowledge of pop culture — and that even extends to Jersey Shore. In 2010, McCain tweeted Snooki after an episode where she had to use self-tanner because of President Obama's tanning-bed tax increase.
If that wasn't enough to make you slightly uncomfortable, the pair has continued to chat occasionally, most recently last year.
"I want to say to Snooki, I miss you. I hope you're happy. I hope everything's fine with your baby and I wish you'd get rid of some of those jerks you're hanging around with," McCain told MTV News. "But that just comes from an old geezer that doesn't understand a lot of that lifestyle."
In response, Snooki said, "I love you, John McCain." She also invited McCain over to visit her baby, Lorenzo, and bring him a present. Now this is a reality show that I would watch, MTV.
Chuck Norris Shills for Mike Huckabee
It's been said that death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience. Maybe that's when Norris decided to endorse former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee for president in 2008 in a political ad. Even better, Huckabee's team decided to post the "FUNNY BLOOPERS!" on YouTube for the world to see — and cringe at. Yes, there is an awkward fist bump involved. And Chuck Norris tries to chew on Huckabee's shoulder. Like you do.
Karl Rove Gets Down
Some comedians tried to mess with Karl Rove, former senior adviser to President George W. Bush, at the 2007 Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner. But the moment ended up being more painful than funny to watch. Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of Who's Line Is It Anyway? fame came up with a rap for Rove, who seems game for the mockery as he repeatedly grunts "I'm MC Rove." He criss-crosses his arms a lot and takes out his BlackBerry, because that's what rappers do. My ears and eyes are burning.
George W. Bush Tries to Dance
Bush is possibly our most gaffe-prone president. Who can forget when he tried to open a locked door, creeped out German Chancellor Angela Merkel, or dropped the f-bomb with British Prime Minister Tony Blair? He also proclaimed "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq wayyy prematurely, got felt up by a turkey, and told FEMA's director he was doing "a heck of a job" after Hurricane Katrina. But Bush's awkwardness perhaps hit its peak when he tried to join in on an African dance — by jimmying his shoulders and poking a bongo drummer's hat. Just, no.
Bush Sr. Meets the Houston Texans' Cheerleaders
Give former President George H.W. Bush a bevy of cheerleaders and some patriotic socks, and he is a very, very happy man, indeed.