Did Obama call Kanye a jackass?
President Barack Obama reportedly didn’t approve of rapper Kanye West’s antics at the MTV Video Music Awards.
We may never know the full details — Obama’s remarks were off the record — but the word “jackass” evidently came into play.
UPDATE: TMZ has the audio.
Kanye West hijacked teen country star Taylor Swift’s moment in the spotlight at the MTV award show, and was booed loudly when he leaped on stage and grabbed the microphone from Swift, 19, as she was accepting the trophy for best female pop video.
He then wrote on Twitter:
Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a “jackass” for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.
The Twitter comment has since been deleted, but Politico has a screenshot.
ABC told Politico: “In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.”
Here’s the Kanye incident at the VMAs:
West has apologized repeatedly for the incident, most recently Monday night on “The Jay Leno Show.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Phil Noble (West and singer Estelle perform in England in November 2008 in front of projected picture of Obama, then president-elect)