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Wow: Barack Obama Calls Kanye West a Jackass

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Are you serious?  Newsweek and other media outlets are reporting that during an off the record remark to an ABC reporter, Obama called Kanye West a Jackass for his attacks on Taylor Swift.

Well, was he lying?  Perhaps the world is getting tired of Kanye West.

“Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential,” “Nightline” co-anchor Terry Moran leaked Monday evening to his more than 1 million followers.

ABC News issued this apology for the remarks:

“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,” Politico reported. “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.”

  1. Nicky
    September 15, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I don’t trust the press. The story was leaked accidentally on purpose.

  2. samaila
    September 15, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Unconfirmed divisive allegations need no further distractive comments

  3. Donnie
    September 15, 2009 at 11:55 am

    President Obama would be better served dealing with the incidents of racism that has marked his administration.
    If anyone was a Jackass it had Congressman Joe Wilson. Mr. President that’s where your disdain should be.

  4. karen
    September 15, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    I hope this is not true! If it is, it would be a shame in view of all the horribly racists attacks made on the President(and hence the American public), whether directly or indirectly, wherein he NEVER condemns the attackers. I’ll reserve further comment until the statement has been verified. Again, I hope it’s not true, because I think I would lose all respect for him.

  5. investorman
    September 15, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    The President has the right to make a comment on kanye’s behavior just like everyone else has,
    it was an off the record comment ABC’s Terry Moran leaked it, Kanye was an ASSHOLE!! for what
    he did to that young girl if the president wants to call him out in private which is what he did it’s his right.

  6. wanda cunningham
    September 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    On or off the records I don’t belive our President made the remark. I can’t belive I made a comment on it. Let’s open up our hearts to Kenya.

  7. September 15, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    Personally, I am in agreement that the our President did not make the remark.

  8. mjira
    September 15, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    I think that all people of color need to be on their p’s and q’s. Any form of misbehavior or impoliteness will be given an undue amount of attention AND be used as a means of muting the importance of Wilson’s outburst.
    the media would like to equate them to the same thing and the give them the same importance but are not. President Obama is understandably under a lot of pressure and is being attacked unfairly, He needs to be consistent. If he is going to attack Kanye or comment negatively he should address those who are attacking him and the presidential office as well. I don’t think there is any point in him commenting on Kanye West or Serena Williams for that matter.

  9. shelita
    September 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Hey its was off the record and give the president some props for calling a spade a spade. I mean the president as a right to his own opinion but he just have to be careful on how he expresses it. To bad Kanye couldn’t do the same thing. I was always wondering what the president thought of the situation considering you have two black men in the public eye an obviously one knows how to act an the other doesn’t. Kanye is a Jack Ass

  10. September 15, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Though I do not disagree with the charaterizaztion given to Kanye by whomever,I certainly pray and hope Kanye will learn from this error and type of behavior and grow to be a man of character and positive influence such as our President Sir Barack Obama.

  11. September 15, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Can’t say i ever cared for Kayne West to begin with.I can’t stand rappers.Whether President Obama made the comment or not either way he’s entitled to his opinion but i don’t think he is all that bothered about the exploits of Kayne West to begin with he has more important issues to deal with like straightening out the mess the republicans left behind..

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  13. Paulette
    September 16, 2009 at 4:48 am

    I think that it is sad that President Obama cannot even speak his true mind in private without someone making a big deal of it. If you want something to talk about, talk about Rep. Joe Wilson who was disrespectful by calling the Commander-of-Chief”, President Obama a liar. Had he called a policeman a liar, he would have had his face in the floor. Or should it have been a white president and the individual had been of a different ethnicity he would have been eithr snatched or carried out the room and jailed (I am not prejudiced, but I do get tired…we had a saying when I was coming up, “What is good for the goose is good for the gander). To be quite honest, in my opinion, it is just taking the focus off where it belongs…of course “Rep. Joe Wilson” who still have not properly apologized to the President, and perhaps never will and that will be “The End”. As far as Kenya West, and I do not necessarily know of him as many people who do. He has apologized, therefore, let it go. But then someone will come behind him and say that “he did not look sincere”. How can we tell by looks! God knows the heart…

  14. Shannon Bee
    September 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    “[The president] needs to be consistent. If he is going to attack Kanye or comment negatively he should address those who are attacking him and the presidential office as well.”

    He just did, quite subtly. A few days earlier, a jerk named Glenn Beck called the president “a racist. He really hates white people!” and a lot of white people agreed.

    Well, they can’t do that very well now, can they?

    As for Wilson, he has privately apologized to Obama, but he is also going to have to publicly apologize in Congress at the Democrats’ insistence.

  15. 21st Century Moor
    September 17, 2009 at 2:01 am

    You won’t hear Wison screaming “You lie” on this one, because the President was telling the truth. Kanye’s behaviour was assinine. I just wish he and Serena could’ve waited a few weeks for their outbursts, so we could’ve had more time to digest Wilson’s remarks. Just when we started feeling like the last bastions of class in this country, they do this.

  16. Sammy
    September 17, 2009 at 3:51 am

    Kanye West is just another low class ugly ghetto thug spewing garbage and calling it music that some are not smart enough to know is garbage.

    Turn of BET before your brain completely rots.

    Low Class Ugly Ghetto Trash.

  17. Manger Borne
    September 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I wouldn’t be too surprised if the POTUS did call Kanye such. He’s too quick to judge and label his own, while being Mr. forgiving (Rep. Wilson, McCain, Palin, etc.) submissive, patient, and understanding to his white colleagues–since his family members are white, I guess.

    Look at his brush-off of journalist April Ryan at the White House, when she asked about the abominable, Blackmale unemployment rate and what he planned on doing about it? If she were a white reporter would he have shunned her so coldly? I think not.

    I call it the crucifixion syndrome. Christ Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, MLKJ, “M-X,” Garvey, Biko, Sharpton, Jackson, and others were all BlackMen. No one is saying what Kanye and others say are always spoken properly, or that they say things at the right time, but this nation and world is conditioned to always wanting our mouths shut. Like Rappers and Hip-Hoppers, our mouths bear too much truth for the world to handle.

  18. Mr.Jefferson
    September 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    All of the former past presidents that were watching the awards show called Kanye a jackass because at the very least he is a jackass. I can’t stand country music and I want to kick Kanyes ass myself for Taylor swift she should have pushed his ass off the stage and into the crowd.

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