God damn, that’s a smile. Here’s another.

Damn! A photo op is a photo op, but the glo up is something else entirely: it’s one of the great pleasures of President Obama’s presidency to watch what happens when he extends his staggering charisma towards young people of color, and black kids specifically—even Kendrick Lamar, a stated fav of Obama’s and a leader of the free world in his own way, doesn’t look immune to what this kind of welcome in the White House means.

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Lamar visited the White House in connection with the affiliate network of mentoring organizations called the National Mentoring Partnership, for which he just released a PSA called “Pay It Forward,” where the above images are found. And he was nervous on the visit, as Valerie Jarrett told BuzzFeed:

JARRETT: [Lamar] was at the White House. He came and he visited the president, and you know what the president said to him? [Because] he was a little nervous — bless his heart, he’s really a very nice young man, and the president said, “Can you believe that we’re both sitting in this Oval Office?”

The PSA features Lamar adorably clowning on a little kid on an outdoor basketball court, and dropping gentle bars: “Sometimes I reflect and think back where would be if I didn’t have the presence of an older acquaintance telling me what’s right and what’s wrong, telling me the pros and cons of every move I was about to make, telling me how to plan success for my future,” he says. Watch it below.

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