In a recent interview with The Atlantic, President Obama was asked to choose between Jay-Z and Kanye West.
The president smiles. “Jay-Z,” he says, as if the answer should be obvious.
“Although I like Kanye,” Obama continues, with an easy smile. “He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.” He is displaying his larger awareness of the question, looking relaxed, cerebral but friendly, alive to the moment, waiting for me to get to the heart of the matter.
“Even though you called him a jackass?,” I ask.
“He is a jackass,” Obama says, in his likable and perfectly balanced modern-professorial voice. “But he’s talented.”
At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. Later the President was asked in an interview about Ye’ interrupting Taylor’s acceptance speech. President O called him a “jackass”
Take a listen to Pres. O calling Kanye a jackass the first time below: