“I will say this: Drake seems to be able to do anything he wants. That is a talented, talented brother.”
In a recent interview on Complex’s 360 with Speedy Morman, Obama covered a lot of ground discussing his new memoir, A Promised Land, as well as the fractioring of the media landscape and how right-wing news outlets are failing to uphold any journalistic standards in the pandemic era. But when it came to his own portrayal in the media, he seemed to entrust his likeness to the Toronto rapper. “I will say this: Drake seems to be able to do anything he wants. That is a talented, talented brother,” Obama told the show’s host. “So if the time comes and he’s ready? You know what, Drake has, more importantly, I think, my household’s stamp of approval. I suspect Malia and Sasha would be just fine with it,” Obama adds.
All of this should be welcomed news to Drake, who reportedly studied Obama’s speeches in hopes of being cast as the first Black president in a future film project. “I watch all the addresses. Any time I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice, the Toronto rapper once told Paper Magazine in a 2010 interview, which could explain his reluctance to get back into acting since breaking out on the TV series, Degrassi. But there have already been two Obama biopics released in the last five years, Barry and Southside With You, and it’s unclear if Drake ever got the casting call.
You can watch Barack Obama give Drake his blessing in the full 360 with Speedy Morman interview below.