Monae has secret Obama video

Last updated 11:22 25/07/2014
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SECRET SERVICE: American R&B artist Janelle Monae apparently has a 'secret' video of US President Barack Obama dancing.

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Janelle Monae can blackmail Barack Obama any time she wants, because the American R&B artist apparently has a "top secret" video of the US president dancing.

Obama has revealed that Monae has in her possession a clip of him trying to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor.

According to, Obama made the humorous remarks during a fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee held at the Los Angeles home of Shonda Rhimes, the creator of the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy and gritty political thriller Scandal.

Obama joined about 450 people for Wednesday night's soiree, for which tickets cost between US$1000 and US$32,000 depending on whether guests fancied eating dinner at the president's table.

During his speech to the crowd which included Scandal actress Kerry Washington, Obama reportedly let slip that Monae is in possession of reliable evidence of presidential dancing.

"Janelle has performed at the White House, like, 15 times," Obama was quoted telling the audience.

"There's going to be an official Janelle Monae room in the White House. We love her ... And I have to say nice things about her because she may be the only person in possession of a video in which I try to keep up with her and Usher on the dance floor.

"Now, this is top secret," he continued.

"She has promised that this will never be released. But she can blackmail me at any time."

Monae, who was in the audience, called out to Obama "I love you!".

He replied "I love you back", but then added, "You do have that video, though, don't you?"

Obama then reportedly asked the 28-year-old Monae to confirm his silky D-floor skills.

"Now, tell the truth, though, Janelle. I wasn't bad, though, was I? I'm just saying ... Let me say I did not drop in splits. But I did bust a move. That I did do."

The friendly blackmail talk, which could see Monae land a role in Cabinet before Obama is done at the White House, all went down in Rhimes' backyard.

The 44-year-old screenwriter, director and producer has reportedly donated nearly US$60,000 to the Democrats in recent years.

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