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Obama

Caught on Tape

Calling Kanye 'Jackass'

9/15/2009 5:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Obama Caught on Tape Calling Kanye 'Jackass'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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496.

Dragana    

What Kanye did was a "jackass" thing to do. So our president said the same thing many americans are saying. What's the big deal? Besides, the conversation was to be off the record. However, yellow journalism has to have its day, don't they? Kudos to the president. Even though he is our president, he is also a man who is entitled to his opinions. Ever heard of the 1st amendment? Again, yellow journalism has to "splash any dirt" they can find on a person as headlines. Give me a break from the ignorant!

1680 days ago
497.

nemo    

If I were Obama I think I'd be a little more concerned about the fact the only REAL job I've ever worked at, ACORN, has now been busted in an undercover scheme helping to aid someone wanting to start a child prostitution ring!!!!! Everything Obama touches is trash. Can't wait to kick this POS outta office!!!

1680 days ago
498.

nemo    

If Harvey had video of Obama wiping his arse Harvey would somehow pitch it as some of the greatest video ever recorded. Face it tools, your boy is going down in flames!!!!

1680 days ago
499.

Dick    

That's one JACKASS calling another JACKASS a JACKASS..........

1680 days ago
500.

RLTaylor    

Obama is obviously a racist.

1680 days ago
501.

jay    

Why is everyone acting like KANYE did something wrong by telling the truth? Taylor swifts video was garbage compared to Bey-once. Black peopls moments have been gettin taken away for 400 years now when the favor is returned everybody wants to come down on Mr. West....Good going Kanye.

1680 days ago
502.

RLTaylor    

Jay is obviously a racist.

1680 days ago
503.

RLTaylor    

Obviously everyone who voted for Taylor Swift was a racist because she's white and Beyonce is black, Kanye is a racist because he's black and Taylor is white, the President is racist because he called a black man a jackass. Fortunately, both Taylor and Beyonce seem to have both handled it with class. Especially, Beyonce. She exemplified the kind of conduct that distinguishes us as humans. Beyonce should be the one everyone is talking about. Classy response.

1680 days ago
504.

Joseph    

TMZ with the EXCLUSIVE ?,,Clinton 101 { fool the public through the press } Obama just wants to throw the heat to a different person.

1680 days ago
505.

pastjob    

The President was not commenting in public, it was in private, someone recorded it and now everyone hears it..I think he said what we all said in our own minds, the difference is we don't have hundreds of reporters following us every second of the day.
Well said Mr. President!

1680 days ago
506.

lideb    

what's with these reporters? hey Terry, why not follow him into the toilet too? here's your big moment JACKASS!

1680 days ago
507.

nemo    

Obama is pissed because Kanye gives racist a bad name!! LOL!!!!

1680 days ago
508.

Willie B    

I may not agree with the prez, and it dosent matter what his color is,but he.. like the rest of us... is allowed his opinion and i agree with him on this one

1680 days ago
509.

JustWondering    

I agree with Obama (which doesn't happen often) on bashing Kanye, because it was a stupid thing that he did and took the spotlight away from someone that had earned the award.

However, my question is this: Given the recent craziness involving Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina and his now infamous comment during the President's HealthCare address and the subsequent labeling of him as being racist by Jimmy Carter and others for speaking his mind (even if it was a stupid way to do it), would a white politician that called Kanye a jackass have also been labeled racist? If Obama says it, it's funny, and people on this board are commenting "Right On!". What if it had been George Bush that said it? Would Jimmy Carter call him racist, too?

Kanye is a jackass for having done that, and that's regardless of what color I am. Joe Wilson disagreed with the President - how does that make him racist? I disagree with most of what the President says, so using Jimmy Carter's way of thinking, that would make me a racist if I'm not African-American, right?

1680 days ago
510.

biggity    

Takes one to know one.

1680 days ago
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