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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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91.

Marta    

LOVE IT,LOVE IT, I LOVE MY PRESIDENT OBAMA HE TELL IT LIKE IT IS HE IS NOT A PHONY OR A LIAR.HI IS A WONDERFUL MAN

1871 days ago
92.

SB    

Obama was right. Kayne is a Jackass. But that's not the real issue in this recording.

What is not right is the coziness of Obama and his supposedly objective media. Anyone think that these guys would be nearly as casual with GWB or Palin? It sounded more like a conversation between Obama and his staff in the oval office between meetings.

For the good of the American people, the 4th estate needs to have a persistent and constant tension with the president. They need to be objective and in doing so, always remain skeptical of what they are spoon fed. Instead, there is this groupie coziness they have with "their guy" that comes through on the record. No wonder their ratings are tanking.

1871 days ago
93.

jerry    

If the Pres can call Kanye a jackass why cant a congressman say
You Lie! How's that for a double standard.

1871 days ago
94.

Cake    

I hate him but I LOVED this!

1871 days ago
95.

LamGerrard    

I LOVE THAT OUR PRESIDENT IS SO *REAL* - it was totally appropriate for him to say that. What better word describe Kanye's behavior?

1871 days ago
96.

johnny    

it takes one to know one!.

1871 days ago
97.

bunzy`    

RIGHT ON PRESIDENT OBAMA!!!!

1871 days ago
98.

Pete    

I think he is less than a jackass a jackass has a use Kanye has no use It would be great if MTV banned him. His apology was only because he will lose $$ because very few think he is anything but a fool

1871 days ago
99.

luisabbz    

Its ok I know Obama is the president and all but its okay to have a silly side cant be serious all the time let him have his fun the whole world is commenting on kanye for being JACKASS but what else was he expecting??

1871 days ago
100.

Leah Stanley    

I am so tired of hearing about Obama going to this city and that city over and over again. Has anyone ever taken the time to figure the cost of all of Obama's trips since he took office? Like the gas, maintenance, paying pilots, serving him food, service on Air Force One? Also, all the helicopters taking him to various places, after he gets off Air Force One. Also, security from the police in each town, etc.

Does he ever do anything in the White House besides sleep? Do the Czar's take over for him when he leaves to campaign 3-5 times a week?

It has to be costing the tax payer's tons of money for him to talk about how the economy is getting better, when he should be back at the White House trying to fix it or talking about Government Health Care -- ad nauseum!!

1871 days ago
101.

MK    

Joe Wilson is admonished for exercising his first amendment right to free speech. What standard do we hold Obama to?

1871 days ago
102.

outofcontext-    

Wow- this is the first issue I agree with the President on.

1871 days ago
103.

BJean    

I sure that President Obama regrets that this statement was published, but I have to agree that the statement was correct. The majority of the public probably in this case agrees completely with the President.

1871 days ago
104.

cathy    

thats really funny way to go obama he deserves it.

1871 days ago
105.

s jules    

Love the President. He is right-on in his remarks about kanye . Must hurt -- getting spanked by the President. Kanye deserved it.

1871 days ago
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