When the Jimmy Kimmel Live! staff writers heard about a woman in Maryland who’s one of Barack Obama’s biggest fans, they realized the time was ripe for setting up a good-natured prank.
Joyce Taylor was told she was going to be part of a special screening where she’d watch pre-taped clips of the former president reading aloud from his new memoir, A Promised Land.
That simple prospect alone was exciting enough for a super fan—but when she realized she was on a personal video call with Barack, she could not contain herself.
Although 900,000 copies of Obama’s book were sold in a single day, only Joyce got a personal reading, and the shock of a lifetime.