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Did Obama call Kanye a jackass?

September 15, 2009

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.

MUSIC-MTV/EUROPEThe president discussed the incident while being taped for a CNBC interview on Monday. ABC correspondent Terry Moran was allowed to review the president’s remarks.

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.”

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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)

Comments
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The better question is, “Who cares?”

 

There are some actions that a person simply cannot ‘apologize’ for and that was one of them. He should have a lifetime ban from all award shows.

Posted by Bill Gates | Report as abusive
 

Oops! I apologize. I had a Kanye West moment. I meant to type the word your and not you.

Posted by Marie | Report as abusive
 

He is a mediocre rapper people. what do you expect.

Posted by Clayton | Report as abusive
 

I don’t know why it matters anyways everyone has an opinion on something and he felt that beyonce should have gotten the award then hey cant get mad at him he learned his lesson the end stop blasting the guy ppl in general are gonna do sumthin stupid at one point in time

Posted by Dee Hill | Report as abusive
 

Kayne West needs rehab of some sort. Find his way. It’s not when Mom dies no doubt many of us have felt that pain. Go get some help bro. We all make mistake’s in life. Move on and become a better person. Do a duet with the girl for pete’s sake.

Posted by goldbug | Report as abusive
 

The president just spoke his mind out loud. And I think West himself must be regretful, he apologized for what he’ve done on another show.

 

kanye is just plain disrespectful, even beyonce saw that and i applaude her for giving taylor her moment when she was given an award. it was just really disappointing for some who writes songs for inspiration.

Posted by LoreLyn916 | Report as abusive
 

Kanye West is a douche bag that cannot sing and he is just jealous that he was not getting attention. He has no talent and the Presidents comments were right on target.

Posted by Gary | Report as abusive
 

Where is everyone’s sense of humor? I can’t believe the ridiculous backlash against Kanye when what he did is the funniest thing to happen on the news in weeks. As far as the award itself is concerned, are you all serious? Of course Beyonce deserved it, she is and always will be head and shoulders above Swift and the like as both artist and celebrity. Have we really gotten so boring as a society that Swift is the one called to stage?

Posted by Andrew | Report as abusive
 

Kanye’s outburst reflects the frustration of many ethnic groups that are constantly under represented and unfairly judged at all of the award shows. This has frustrated a lot of people for years, and it got the best of him.

I agree there is a better way to address this matter, but I also understand how he felt.

I think this should be addressed on a larger scale. Ethnics should pull away from giving credence to these shows and create, support, celebrate our own, if we are not going to be fairly recognized.

Posted by Cheryl | Report as abusive
 

I have just remembered that Kanye in one of our local languages in Africa means; to answer the call of nature: This is not a joke, it is the meaning of kanye; it is like you are telling a kid (below 5 years)to go and answer the call of nature. If you can ask some of those Americans who have lived in Africa will confirm.
But don’t be a bad boy Kanye, be a good lad.

Posted by Collins Tembo | Report as abusive
 

he schould sign his own musical epitath “the kayne mutiny”

Posted by bill | Report as abusive
 

I had posted this elsewhere:

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Posted by Lifewomusic | Report as abusive
 

At least he didn’t say, “You Lie”.

 

This is exactly what perpeutates the impression of Americans abroad, the stereotypes of blacks in general and of their culture in America that they are obnoxiously loud, disrespectful, selfish, greedy, ignorant and superficial. This does not occur in other countries like it does here, but thanks to media like MTV it’s trying to spread because of the way media condones this behaviour to get ratings and profit by making a spectacle out of everything. Until blacks and other minorities stop demeaning themselves, disrespecting themselves, isolating themselves and become responsible for their own actions (like stealing my car this weekend), I will Unfortunately maintain that stereotype and continue to discriminate.

Posted by AndyO | Report as abusive
 

Mr. Obama could you please keep your fingers out of hollywood and other things that are none of your business. Like Leno said Obama will probably have Swift and WEst over for rootbeer and beer…haahaa. Oh yeah i forgot some of the Pork part of the stimulus did actually go to Hollywood so i guess that why he feels like he is now over Hollywood. blah blah blah

Posted by Vanilla83 | Report as abusive
 

Kanye West is a Jack ass. Who does that? It’s not always about Race. Why should anyone allow that kind of behavior? Thats unfair to the person who earned the award. By the way I heard he was drunk and that probably had a factor in why he acted like that.

A few responses excusing his behavior just proves that we as an entire species of humans are in trouble.

Now adays its a good thing to make your money and come up in a crooked way when before I remember that was not even close to acceptable.

He did act selfish. Anyways he is pretty high on himself.

I use to like his music but now I see a male diva.

Peace

 

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