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Obama

Calls Kanye a 'Jackass'

The Audio

9/15/2009 3:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has obtained the audiotape of President Barack Obama calling Kanye West a "jackass" for hijacking Taylor Swift's acceptance speech during the VMAs.



The audio was recorded just before Obama went on camera to do an interview with CNBC. Before the interview began, Obama -- referring to Kanye's antics on stage -- said "I thought that was really inappropriate," then adding, "He's a jackass."

After making the remarks, Obama said "Where's the pool?" Presumably, he was worried the joke would go wide. He noted the last time that happened, he got burned for killing a fly.

Obama said, "Cut the President some slack."

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Stat1124    

I dont have a problem with it. Kanye was a jackazz!

1814 days ago
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ender024    

I guess Obama doesn't like black people either.

1814 days ago
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Canadian bred    

first...lol obama rules

1814 days ago
4.

marie    

President Obamba just went up a notch on my list, he is absolutely right on point with his comment about Kanye.

1814 days ago
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xXHEYXx    

Presidents are human, too, and this a candid moment so let it fly! Better than Dubya giving the birdie off camera
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVynnbx1Xsc

1814 days ago
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Donna    

Hahahahaha!! Kanye, your BLACK president thinks you're a jackass!!

1814 days ago
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kternman    

LOVE IT!!!!!!! Call it as you see it!

1814 days ago
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Julie    

And that's why I love Obama. He tells it like it is, he's a real person. I like that he has a sense of humor. Cut the Prez some slack, I've got a lot of other stuff on my plate. Awesome. We all thought Kanye was a jackass. Obama just spoke on the Nation's behalf. Of the People, For the People, By the People. Finally!

1814 days ago
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Jaye    

The President is human and was clearly chilling, off camera (or so he thought) and gave his HONEST opinion about Kanye, just as MILLIONS of others did on Twitter the night of the awards. I also agree with what he said: Kanye is a jackass, so I have no problem with what Obama said. I could see if he threw up his middle finger, like the cameras caught Bush doing one time, but he didn't. Even if he did, I still wouldn't be mad. Kanye's a jackass!

1814 days ago
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steph    

2 thumbs up to the Prez!

1814 days ago
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lisa    

They are both JACKASSES!

1814 days ago
12.

Alicia    

YOU LIE!!!

lol

1814 days ago
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SuperflyCaroline    

Lawdy, Now the 1st black President of the United states knows about this? I am appalled son... Maybe if you came out the closet people would understand your tantrums.

1814 days ago
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John    

The 1st smart thing Obama has said...

1814 days ago
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badelia    

Sorry Harvey, I'll let you finish in second. Obama is the greatest president ever!!!!!!! KANYE IS A JACKASS

1813 days ago
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