Frank Ocean attended one of President Barack Obama’s final White House state dinners Wednesday evening with his mother. It was a rare appearance for the elusive R&B singer, who spent years out of the public eye working on his recent album Blonde and visual album Endless.
Ocean told C-SPAN, the first media outlet he’s spoken with in nearly three years, that he was looking forward to congratulating the outgoing president and asking him whether he “had fun” during his two terms. Ocean also said that while it was probably too late in the election cycle to join Hillary Clinton’s cadre of musical supporters, he hinted that if elected president in 2016, Clinton should run for re-election in 2020. “Might have to catch you in four years,” he said.
Ocean was also questioned about his flashy footwear. When a reporter asked how he decided on checkered Vans to wear to the high-profile event, he deadpanned: “Probably because it’s my first time here … You can’t think, you just have to do things.” The reporter asked if he ever saw himself at a state dinner, garnering a cheeky, “Umm, no. I didn’t. I think that explains the Vans.”
Blonde, Ocean’s highly-anticipated follow up to 2012’s Channel Orange debuted at Number One upon its release in late August. The record was the third-best opening sales week of 2016 behind Drake’s Views and Beyoncé’s Lemonade, according to Billboard.