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Obama gives shoutout to SHINee; K-pop group sends back the love

/ 03:54 PM July 04, 2017

In case you’ve been living under a rock, the K-pop hype has taken over the world from Asia to America—and it looks like it’s here to stay.

If you need further proof, a world leader has gone as far as recognizing its power.

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Former United States President Barack Obama gave a shoutout to Korean pop culture’s influence that has spread across America.

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2015 photo of Barack Obama. Image: Facebook/@barackobama

Obama was in Seoul for the 8th Asian Leadership Conference where he discussed the strong relationship between the U.S. and South Korea, and praised “Korean creativity,” reports All KPop.

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“Famous movies are being filmed in Korea. Young people in the U.S. learn Korean so they can understand SHINee,” he said, referring to the five-member all-boy group behind the hit songs “Ring Ding Dong” and “Lucifer”.

SHINee

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He added, “Likewise, I heard SHINee likes U.S.A.’s In-N-Out hamburgers.”

SHINee member Key has since thanked Obama for the mention and confirmed the group’s love for the American burgers in an Instagram post:

The group has been active since 2008, and has a growing global fanbase. They held their first U.S. concert this 2017 in Dallas as part of a world tour.

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SHINee also dropped by in the Philippines last March 2, 2017 as one of the acts in the “One K in Manila” Global Peace Concert. Niña V. Guno/JB

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