Appearing on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show, Mr. Obama "slow jammed" the news with Fallon. He looked into the camera and talked earnestly about student interest rates as the Roots laid down a rhythm.
Then the camera cut to Fallon in the foreground, where he punched up the message in his own way, singing, "Ohhhh yeaahh. You should listen to the president."
The episode was recorded during Mr. Obama's appearance at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The president also talked seriously about the November election and the Secret Service scandal.
"These guys are incredible. They protect me. They protect Michelle. They protect the girls. They protect our officials all around the world," Mr. Obama said.
"A couple of knuckleheads shouldn't detract from what they do," Obama added. "What these guys were thinking, I don't know. That's why they're not there anymore."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.