Drake's meme tribute to Obama's farewell speech is perfect, peak Drake

Drake's meme tribute to Obama's farewell speech is perfect, peak Drake
Source: Getty Images
Source: Getty Images

Tuesday night, president Barack Obama gave his farewell address to the nation. He stood dignified and hopeful, asking the world not to slow the fight for racial justice. Twitter responded to his speech, saying that the United States has never seen a president with more "decency and poise" and "dignity and strength." 

All that sentimentality was just begging for someone to come and make it feel gross.

Cue @champagnepapi, the notoriously sleezy Instagram handle of one Aubrey Drake Graham. He jackknifed into the love fest with one of the most awkward posts of the night, sharing a photo of Obama with the Drake beard edited onto his face. "I will always carry your words and the memory of your time in office with me as inspiration," Drake wrote. "Big up yaself O."

A photo posted by (@) on

It's groan-worthy at best, but a handful of fans and Drake watchers on Twitter were hilariously livid.

No one should be surprised at this comically conceited behavior. 

First of all it's not even Drake's first time shopping his face onto Obama's. Drake did it for the "Energy" video back in 2015. The world ought to be thankful he didn't use that twisted screengrab, which can be seen below.

A clip from the "Energy" video
Source: 
Drake/Apple Music

And secondly, when has Drake's public enjoyment ever been about anything but big upping himself? Every time he enjoys a new artist's song or style, the first thing he'll do is insert himself into that narrative. He does it either by jumping onto a Drake-ified remix — as he did with Migos' "Versace," Future's "Tony Montana," iLoveMakonnen's "Tuesday," Fetty Wap's "My Way" and most recently Dave's "Wanna Know" — or by sharing video of himself dancing to said hit.

He pulled that latter move on Kodak Black's "SKRT," posting a little Instagram of Drake's signature cheese steps. Black wasn't impressed. "You trying to show me you fuck with me or what?" he said in a video interview with BET. "We ain't never talked on the phone though. Like, he was texting me and shit. I'm direct with it, so if you're trying to show me that you fuck with me, call me. Throw me on your album so I can get me some royalties."

A photo posted by (@) on

Drake's little insertions aren't about that though. He has to be seen nodding along with the movements of pop culture. Because if Drake witnesses a culture moment and his beard can't be spotted in anyone's mentions, did Drake witness it at all? There's no room for doubt in the Toronto jungles.

How much do you trust the information in this article?

Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes is a senior staff writer at Mic focused on music, activism and the intersection between the two. He's based in New York and can be reached at tom@mic.com.

MORE FROM

Jenny Slate’s raw, honest exploration of female sexuality is the most riveting part of ‘Landline’

Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm's new film lets its women characters express their sexual desires on their own terms.

MTV VMA Nominations 2017: A complete list of nominees for the 34th annual Video Music Awards

The 2017 MTV VMAs are going for woke with a new best fight the system category.

‘The Defenders’ doesn’t have patience for Iron Fist’s privilege either — and that’s great

The show acknowledges Iron Fist's shortcomings, and that stops him from ruining this series, too.

Know who’s really winning ‘Game of Thrones’ this season? The show’s editing team

Props to Crispin Green and Tim Porter for episodes one and two, respectively. Y'all are some gross monsters.

TJ Miller’s explanation of the “feminist agenda” in ‘The Emoji Movie’ proves the bar is too low

How feminist can a movie with no female writers really be?

On Lana Del Rey’s lust for social consciousness

For her latest studio full-length, LDR proves there's more to her than the flower-crown aesthetic.

Jenny Slate’s raw, honest exploration of female sexuality is the most riveting part of ‘Landline’

Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm's new film lets its women characters express their sexual desires on their own terms.

MTV VMA Nominations 2017: A complete list of nominees for the 34th annual Video Music Awards

The 2017 MTV VMAs are going for woke with a new best fight the system category.

‘The Defenders’ doesn’t have patience for Iron Fist’s privilege either — and that’s great

The show acknowledges Iron Fist's shortcomings, and that stops him from ruining this series, too.

Know who’s really winning ‘Game of Thrones’ this season? The show’s editing team

Props to Crispin Green and Tim Porter for episodes one and two, respectively. Y'all are some gross monsters.

TJ Miller’s explanation of the “feminist agenda” in ‘The Emoji Movie’ proves the bar is too low

How feminist can a movie with no female writers really be?

On Lana Del Rey’s lust for social consciousness

For her latest studio full-length, LDR proves there's more to her than the flower-crown aesthetic.