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Watch President Obama As He Channels His Inner Umaru


Deep down, President Obama is totally a closet otaku!

Anybody who’s been following the anime scene since 2009 should be no stranger to Mr. Obama. Since he took office, the president has appeared in countless photoshopped images, YouTube videos, and other displays which show him clinging to some sort of anime paraphernalia. Whether he’s selling Sailor Moon to the UN or spending some quality time with Hidamari Sketch in the Oval Office, you can rest assured that there’s an image for every series and every occasion.

Over the past few days, though, it appears that the president has been getting in touch with his inner Himouto. Earlier this year, a video by 茶几君梦二 (Chájī jūn mèng èr) appeared on Chinese video streaming site bilibili. The one-and-half minute mashes together footage from various speeches and events, then applies a bit of auto-tune magic to give the impression that President Obama is singing the opening to Himouto! Umaru-chan.

To say it’s quirky is an understatement.

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time that the president has been auto-tuned to anime music. Earlier this year, another fan took a similar approach, albeit to the song START:DASH by Love Live! idol group μ’s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrzZ9fv190k

Truly, Obama-chan has captured the titles of greatest school idol and the king of the otaku.

Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!

Editor’s note: And, just for fun, here’s President Obama talking Sailor Moon because it’s amusing.

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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