Obama on Justin Bieber, circa 2011: ‘a very nice young man’ (#TbT)


From left, Malia Obama, President Barack Obama, and performers Jennifer Hudson, Victoria Justice, and Justin Bieber, stand on stage before singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” at the annual Christmas in Washington taping at the National Building Museum in Washington, Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Justin Bieber has gone a long way from baby-faced crooner to his new incarnation — that of accused drunk driver/drag racer. Part of the Bieb’s cleaner, less controversial past included hanging with the Obama family. The singer was a guest performer at the White House Easter egg roll in 2010, and sang for the First Family at a 2011 Christmas concert in Washington. Once upon a time, even the president was a Belieber: During a 2011 visit to a Virginia school, a girl asked him if he knew the pop star. “He’s a very nice young man,” he told the apparent fan, according to the AP.  That’s a sentiment he later repeated to Australian students during a 2011 visit down under.  “He is a very nice young man, and I’ll tell him you said ‘hi,'” Obama said.

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.

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