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Barack Obama: 'I Think I Can Do' Gangnam Style

The President says he's familiar with the dance craze sparked by K-pop star Psy

Barack Obama speaks during his final campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
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November 6, 2012 5:55 PM ET

The virus known as "Gangnam Style" has spread all the way to the Oval Office.

During an Election Day interview with New Hampshire radio station WZID-FM, President Barack Obama was asked about the sensation sparked by K-Pop star Psy, whose "Gangnam Style" video is up to nearly 660 million views on YouTube as of today (the song itself has been perched at Number Two on Billboard's Hot 100 for weeks). 

"I just saw that video for the first time, and I think I can do that move," said Obama, referring to the horse-dance move that Psy performs throughout the clip. Asked whether he would do the "Gangnam Style" dance if he is reelected President, Obama said, "I'm not sure that the inauguration ball is the appropriate time to break that out," then suggested an alternative. "You know, maybe do it privately for Michelle."

Obama has been chiming in on pop culture hot topics – from Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj's American Idol feud to his friendship with Jay-Z and Beyoncé – during radio interviews throughout the campaign.

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