'How good is that? You think that's going viral? That's going viral,' says the president at the Rose Garden

By Christopher Rosen
March 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM EDT
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On Monday, the room where it happens was actually a garden.

As part of the Hamilton cast’s visit to the White House — where the breakout stars performed for President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and many other members of the West Wing — creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda dropped a freestyle rap in the Rose Garden with help from the president himself.

Called “Rose Garden Freestyle,” the 103-second video was uploaded to the White House Twitter account on Monday, and features Miranda creating a freestyle rap based on words that were printed to index cards held by Obama. “I hope I don’t drop these cards,” the president said, before adding, “drop the beat.”

With that, Miranda began freestyling on the spot. “POTUS is holding up the signs I’m not done. It’s the Oval Office, oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m there. It’s so much more intimidating than if it was square,” he rapped. “Opportunity knocks, I can’t stop, I’m here with the president and my pops, and yo, the mic drops.”

The performance ended there, and scored Obama’s immediate approval. “How good is that?” the president asked. “You think that’s going viral? That’s going viral.”

On Twitter, Miranda noted that the freestyle rap took place before the cast of Hamilton performed for Obama. “This really happened,” he wrote of the video, alongside the hashtag #Bam4Ham. Miranda also credited Jimmy Fallon for the freestyle inspiration, a reference Miranda’s freestyle rap performance on Fallon’s late-night show last year.

Genre: Musical; Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry; Director: Thomas Kail; Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Opening Date: 08/06/15
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