First Lady Michelle Obama joined late night show host James Corden for an appearance on ‘Carpool Karaoke’ Wednesday night, discussing her girls’ education initiative and her hopes for when her family leaves the White House in January.
The recurring skit on the Late Late Show often features musicians and celebrities singing to songs in the car and previous passengers in Corden’s car have included Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and the British singer Adele.
Obama ostensibly entered the car to give Corden a tour of the White House, though the pair spent most of the time rocking out to hits including Stevie Wonder’s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies.”
“I think I know every Stevie song on the planet,” Obama said after the first performance. The First Lady’s love of Stevie Wonder is well-known and was referenced by her husband at a memorial for the five Dallas officers who were killed earlier in July.
Hip hop star Missy Elliot also made a cameo in the car, singing along to "This is For My Girls” and "Get Ur Freak On.”
Michelle Obama said that as the commander-in-chief’s spouse, she rarely rides in the passenger seat of a car. The only time since her husband became president, she said, was “months ago with my daughter who learned to drive.”
When asked what she would miss about the White House, Obama said she would miss the people the most: “These are people you see every single day, they help you, they love you… To walk away from people you see every single day, that’s going to be hard.”
Corden ribbed her about having “24-hour room service” — “just calling down at 3 am, ‘I want a grilled cheese and a milkshake’” — but Obama suggested that life after the White House might also have its own perks.
“The freedom that we’ll get in exchange for the privileges and the luxuries… seven and a half years, that’s enough luxuriating,” she said. “I can make my own grilled cheese sandwich. I can make a mean grilled cheese sandwich.”
The pair also discussed her recent entry on Snapchat, which the First Lady said was meant to raise awareness for her initiative to “get girls around the world educated.”
She said she hoped American children wouldn’t “take their education for granted” and that “Snapchat was a good way to hook them in” when she embarks on a trip promoting the initiative to Liberia, Morocco and Spain.
Watch the episode here: