During an early summer visit to Washington, D.C., comedian James Corden brought his “Carpool Karaoke” segment to the White House with First Lady Michelle Obama.
In contrast to Corden’s usual guests, such as Adele and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mrs. Obama didn’t have an album to promote and didn’t have any songs of her own to sing.
Instead, she joined Corden on a pleasant (and heavily guarded) guide through Washington, D.C., where the two discussed life in the White House, and sang along to some of the first lady’s favorite tunes.
“James Corden’s White House tour takes an unthinkable turn when First Lady Michelle Obama joins him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé,” CBS captioned the video. “Surprise guest Missy Elliott drops in to sing ‘This Is For My Girls.'”
“Whatcha got?” Obama asked Corden when she got in the car.
The first song the two performed together in the car was a cover of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” a song the first lady said is one of her favorites ever.
Mrs. Obama revealed that filming the segment was just the second time in seven-and-a-half years that she sat in the passenger seat of a car, the other time being when one of her daughters took a drivers ed course.
“I’m going to miss the people…they help you…they love you, to walk away from people you see every single day, that’s going to be hard,” Mrs. Obama said of her time in the White House.
One of the highlights of the special was the duo’s spirited performance of “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé.
“We were making honey to put in our lemonade,” Obama said with a smile when the two finished their ride. As they drove around the White House service roads, Corden’s car was trailed by Secret Service agents.
They were later joined by rapper Missy Elliott for a performance of her song “This Is For My Girls,” which was released in 2016, and written and recorded for Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative.
“It happened so fast — literally Kelly Clarkson was singing her part in Nashville while we were almost mastering it,” the song’s writer told Billboard in 2016.
“So we dropped her vocals in. It was that crazy.”
Since Elliott was in the car, Corden and Obama took advantage of her presence to show off a spirited rendition of Elliott’s hit, “Get Ur Freak On.”
When Corden flipped back to the studio, he gushed about his experience in Washington, D.C.
“How cool is the first lady, Michelle Obama?” Corden asked at the end of the segment.