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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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16.

OhMy    

Obama is right he is a jackass, an a$$hole an idiot a piece of s**t and every other bad name in the book. (But Obama just said jackass everything else is courtesy of me)

1864 days ago
17.

BDD    

That's awesome!!!!

1864 days ago
18.

Chris    

Way to go Obama!!

1864 days ago
19.

Kitt Horowitz    

Joe Wilson, Kanye West, Serina Williams, Roger Federer all need therapy and to resume their mood stabilizer! Kanye West's new song release titled " I Wanna Dis A Girl"

1864 days ago
20.

Bonnie    


Right on. And over due. Thanks it was kind of refreshing.


1864 days ago
21.

jon Johnson    

YOU LIE!!

1864 days ago
22.

jamie7    

Kanye's next spazzout: Obama hates black people!

1864 days ago
23.

shazball    

I can't hardly believe that that was supposed to be "off the record" and if it was, ABC (who has never went against Dear Leader) would never have let it out. It looks like a ratings ploy to me.

1864 days ago
24.

lilyx    

Obama is CHILL! I *SO* AGREE with him and love how he calls it as he sees it!

1864 days ago
25.

pamela    

Wow... everyone has a little too much time on their hands..
REALLY.

1864 days ago
26.

does it matter    

Finally, the first true thing out of BO's mouth!!

1864 days ago
27.

Almostillmatuc    

PRESIDENT OBAMA DOESN'T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE!!!111!

1864 days ago
28.

Danny    

They are both Jackasses !

1864 days ago
29.

DiamondPrincess    

That is so not President Obama...LOl
anyone who thinks it is... is a complete moron

1864 days ago
30.

marcia    

I totally agree with the president...hope this latest little fit Kanye threw will hurt him where it counts...in his wallet!!!

1864 days ago
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