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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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Hocuspocus since you cant seem to understand let me spell it out for you again. If Kanye West was white and President Obama made the very same comments (even if we know said comments to be true, just like with Kanye). There would be way more people in disagreement with Obama and some would even suggest hes racist.

Just an observation as to what I see happening in America. I dont have to ask you or anyone else. Cause Im not the only one seeing this.

1860 days ago


Awesome! And to all you people who say, "shouldn't he be fixing the economy and not commenting on this?", you all are just a bunch of f**king idiots. He is human. He is not going to spend every freaking waking minute doing his job. The man was waiting on an interview to start and he was having a conversation. Get the hell over it, you uneducated pions. Piss off. You people are in the same group as Kanye. And yes, I went there.

1860 days ago

Joseph Albano    

I don't believe it is inappropriate at all for President Obama to refer to Kanye West as a "Jackass". While it's true that our President is under a different spotlight than most people, he is entitled to free speech just like everyone else. What I will say is that it's completely unethical on the reporters end to leak this clip espcially if it was off the record.

1860 days ago

jon & carlene    

as many times as he has put his foot in his mouth, i'm wondering if chris rock is his P.R. guy. i have some advice for him, whenever someone asks for his personal opinion on anything other than presidental duties, he should revert the question back to his presidental duties, and what is truly important.

1860 days ago


obama KNEW the tape was rolling. This whole thing was contrived as he saw this as an opportunity to score some support from white folks, conservatives, and republicans who see him fro what he is.

He has the gift of stating the obvious. Too bad the folks on this blog can't see through his ruse. I'm talking about the dummies that say he is human, has the right to free speech, blah, blah, blah. This human is doing everything he can to control all aspect of your life including deconstructing this concept we call free speech.

The president should not call private citizens derogatory names. Kanye West was his biggest supporter and campaigned for obama. Now he's got some serious bus tire marks all over him now.

Hey Kanye, if you really think Bush hated black people, know that obama does not particular like or care for black folks, particularly YOU.

People, peel those scales off your eyes.

1860 days ago


Nice to see the majority of people sideline the racist crap and come together to criticize Kanye's out of line behaviour as a human being-not because he's black, just because he acted like a jerk.

1860 days ago

fck you congress men you suck    

call him what he is ... a JACKASS.... obama is the President he can say what ever he wants ..

1860 days ago

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

A while back the "Race Card" was the "Trump" card. Now, it is seen as the "Joker"!

1860 days ago


So it's cool for the President of the United States to call a private citizen a "jackass," but it's racist and horrible for Joe Wilson to point out the obvious that Obama has lied regarding his Fascist healthcare bill? Love the liberal double standards, but not surprised.

1860 days ago


I don't understand why people are tripping about what he said. So what he called him a Jackass!!! You do it to so whats the big deal. I think you should feel ike this President the more they hate the better you must be doing. You guys must not have anything to do and Obama is too cool to get caught up in the headlines. F-It he is a Jack ass in my eyes!

1860 days ago


Its all goood, he is a person in our society too.. not because he is the president he has to like everybody!

1860 days ago


The president has the right to freedom of speech the same as every other american citizen. He just said what everyone else was thinking,but if he doesn't want anyone to hear what he says he better stick to talking to his wife in the privacy of their quarters. He has no privacy otherwise. The press will report a sneeze!

1860 days ago


"Telling it like it is"! Too bad Joe Wilson can't tell it like it is! O-big one is changing the freedom of speech in the House of Reps!! Google up! Read one of many articles!
You are next!

1859 days ago


We've seen this twice now. Ask the man his personal opinon and then when he gives it. Just like with Professor Gates situation. The media runs with it and blows it up. Because just like with the Gates situation Obama said what everyone else was thinking. This situation is reallly interesting because he said "Off the record" but yet its still out there?

You got to fooling yourself if you dont see the double standard playing out here. Understand, the younger generation are smarter than most think. We see this. This is twice now, will there a 3rd time? Count on it.

1859 days ago


LOL, hey Pot, meet my dear friend Mr. Kettle!!! One jacka$$ calling someone else a jacka$$. Classic!!!

1858 days ago
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