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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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76.

Reyna    

Finally we got a real president who can be honest able his own kind..... it is sooooooooooooooooo good to hear him say that about anyone..

1773 days ago
77.

Hags    

First time I have agreed with him!!

1773 days ago
78.

Google-me-bitch!    

kanye west doesn't like black people!!!
if he did..he wud shut his @$$, and stop giving another reason for white america to look down on black people..GOSH..what a jackkkkkkkkkkasssssssssssssssss

1773 days ago
79.

Tiffany    

ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!! Obama was simply stating his opinion about Kanye - he was being HONEST ... After all, doesn't America want HONESTY from our President? Its not like he called him an effing dumb*** or anything!!

1773 days ago
80.

Prescious    

ninn1337, you sound like a jackass. How can president obama not like black people when his wife is black? Dummy, he defended what was right no matter the color

1773 days ago
81.

Kayla    

WOW - ROTFLAMO!!!!!! XDDDD
i dont really like Obama but im starting to like him a little bit more now! lol
WAY TO GO OBAMA!!!!!!! xD

1773 days ago
82.

Michelle    

Hilarious!! And I'm not an even Obama fan.

1773 days ago
83.

aakunji    

Obama you rule

1773 days ago
84.

Carolyn Barrett    

PRESIDENT OBAMA IS A AWESOME MAN,Kanye West is hurting over his mother death.

1773 days ago
85.

A.B.    

It was a private conversation, he's allowed to say whatever he wants in private. It wasn't a political statement! And I happen to agree with him. Someone compared him with Bush - well, W said much worse things ON camera.

1773 days ago
86.

The Conservative One    

Finaly, Somthin I agree with Obama on.

1773 days ago
87.

dj    

Kanye is an overrated jackass. lucky the prez didnt call him an idiot. for those of u thinking it was right for kanye to do what he did, think about if it was u on stage recieving an accolade.

1773 days ago
88.

rhn    

that was funny. the President but he is still human and he is just exercising his freedom of speech too. lol

1773 days ago
89.

Kiri    

If you don't want people calling you a jackass, don't act like a jackass. Especially on tv with thousands of witnesses. The President called it like he saw it, and he didn't see it by peeking through a keyhole. Kanye put it out there for everyone to see. Jackass.

1773 days ago
90.

Greg S    

President Obama made a clever calculated decision and will strengthen his political power among his base with this audio leak. The audio was leaked by the President's side (not the reporters). This is why Obama's voice is much clearer than the reporters voice. Consider how this can be viewed by different groups of people.

1.) To poor white working class voters, it shows ostensibly that Obama has the guts and objectivity to slam not only a black man, but a popular member of black/hip-hop culture. So many poor whites can relate to him because they are also afraid, confused, and threatened by popular black culture.
2.) To typically poor black voters, it shows that he is supposedly similar to them because he at least knows who Kanye West is. Thus, it makes him making him look non-elitist and connected in their eyes. It shows that he is ostensibly like them and their families - stupid and typically zoned out in front of pop tv on a regular basis.
3.) To rich white democrats, it shows that Obama way cooler than they are, which is how most rich white democrats strive to be seen. Thus, rich white democrats will continue to vote for Obama so they can show how "down with their hommies" they are.
4.) To middle class whites, upper/middle class whites, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and the tiny tiny percentage of blacks who think like middle/upper-middle whites - you were not going to vote for Obama anyway, so it doesn't matter how stupid or unprofessional he looks in your old fashioned mind.

So even if Obama's remarks seem stupid and beneath the office to half of the American population it will not hurt him at all in the polls, and it strengthens him among his base. Obama and his people are the epitome of polical genius.

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