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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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91.

lovetMZ    

that's awesome! Imagine the president calling you a jackass - love him or hate him, it's awesome!

1862 days ago
92.

John    

for someone with such thin skin getting ticked off at Joe Wilson for saying "You lie" (and he does) he should watch his mouth commenting on other people.

1862 days ago
93.

danica    

Obama told the truth. It wasn't inappropriate because he didn't know it would be published. We all have the right to express our opinion.


It's a shame that he jumped on this but took some time before acknowledged Michael Jackson's death and then only half-heartedly.

1862 days ago
94.

JFCARR    

some of our people have no social/moral or redemming/values always try/in to pull us down///

1862 days ago
95.

Nobama    

Sure congress votes to admonish Wilson for saying what he thinks but Obama calls someone a jackass and he gets praised. Speak the truth and get admonished, call people petty names and they'll through a parade in your honer.

1862 days ago
96.

iknowiwasthere    

Hey, Bad Man...........

It is called REALITY! I could care less one way or the other.

I am having FUN with the story. Read between the LINES.

1862 days ago
97.

Coop    

OMG seriously give the president a break. If you LISTEN to the audio, he was ASKED about the his thoughts on Kanye. He did not just offer up his opinion without being asked first. Gracious people really.

1862 days ago
98.

Hawaiian    

Kinda wonder what kind of reaction Kanye West was looking for? Get out of your seat, go on stage, grab the microphone and publicly humiliate a 19 year old girl who just won Best Video award in front of all your peers, the media and an international TV audience? Did he actually think the audience would stand up an cheer his antics? What an idiotic thing to do!

If Kanye West is really sorry, he will tape a few public service announcements on the importance of etiquette and then perform at one of Taylor Swift's concerts as her warm up act donating his cut to her favorite charity.

1862 days ago
99.

uhHuh    

DOES THAT MEAN HE'S A DEMOCRAT (GET IT, DONKEY!!)
ONE JACKASS CALLIN ON ANOTHER....

1862 days ago
100.

OC Get A Life    

Boy, the handful of extremists and racists posting to TMZ make it sound like they are the majority in America - sadly for them - they are NOT.

But, hey, keep pumping that hate, and I can hope for nothing better than the living embodiment of such ignorance, Sara Palin, to be the representative of the GOP in 2012. It will be hillarious to watch that hillbilly or her kind be hammered one more time by President Obama.

Peace.

1862 days ago
101.

csm2284    

haha this is awesome. Obama is my new best friend. wanna beer?

1862 days ago
102.

uhHuh    

WELL THAT'S ONE TRUTH HE'S SPOKEN TODAY.

1862 days ago
103.

sarah    

firstly to people who say it's inappropriate.
get a sense of humor and chill.

i think its funny and iam so glad the president can not always talk about business and straight business talk 24/7.

he is a person.

my other thoughts is i know iam going to offend alot of americans... but seriously americans need to take a chilll pill.

like for example the janet superbowl accident. every1 of u americans was like omg!! inappropriate.. there is kids watching and stuff and making a huge deal about it..
in countries like australia where i live in.. we see boobs everyday. no big deal. OUR BEACHES ARE ALL TOPLESS beaches and yet u see all our australian parents with kids taking their kids to the beach. its a stupid freakin boob!!!!! lol u can see one anywhere and americans got outraged over it like such a huge deal over a boob. lol i find americans are abit too serious like that sometimes. to those who voted inappropriate.. u r being way to serious.

1862 days ago
104.

me    

Takes one to know one

1862 days ago
105.

JC    

This is the first thing Obama has gotten right since taking office.

1862 days ago
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