President Obama Still Thinks Kanye is a Jacka**, Says He Prefers Jay-Z

April 12, 2012  |  

Kanye West is always like the third wheel with Jay-Z and Beyonce so it’s kind of weird that whenever these two have been campaigning for President Obama, Ye has been nowhere to be found. Well, there’s a good reason for that. Obama doesn’t like him.

It’s more like Obama still doesn’t like him because we all remember when he called Kanye a jacka** back in 2009 after the Taylor Swift incident, and three years later, Mr. President’s opinion hasn’t changed one bit. In an 8,000-word essay on Kanye for The Atlantic titled, “American Mozart, writer David Samuels turns the rapper’s political and pop culture reputation inside out, after approaching President Obama at a New York fundraiser and posing a question he probably doesn’t get asked often: Kanye or Jay-Z?


The president might have needed to say that considering how hard Jay and Bey go for him—“Obama on the text,” remember? But just because he prefers Hov doesn’t mean he hates Ye—totally. Obama added: “Although I like Kanye. He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.”

Talent considered, Obama didn’t back down from calling Kanye a jacka** when he was questioned about his statement three years ago.

“He is a jackass,” Obama said. “But he’s talented.”

If the president’s words sting, the rest of Samuels essay will likely burn, because as the writer explores how Kanye’s antics turned him into what he calls a “national joke,” he spares no feelings, writing:

“Worse even than the president’s epithet, which he first offered on September 14, 2009, is the near-universality of his verdict, which has been echoed for years on talk shows and gossip sites across America.”

I’m sure Kanye is somewhere turning up the music to theraflu, blasting, “can’t a young n**** get money anymore,” and drowning out the criticism.

What do you think about the president’s preference for Jay over Ye?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Mrsadkiah

    I love Kanye. I agree with Obama. Whatever

    • A Parks79

      Kanye isn’t a puppet. He keeps it real.

  • Doesn’t Obama have more important things to do, or more important things to think about.??? Like seriously?  What’s next…his thoughts on Sweet Brown?

    • icanbutiwont

      Like the abuse of Iran. The sanctions by the US according to UN war crimes committee is an act of WAR! So if Iran does something rash the blame in accordance to the rules will be placed on the US. Also Iranian citizens can’t feed their children, can’t trade and their financial system has been ripped to streds by the US. <—All war crimes, according to the UN and the Geneva Convention. Just remember if Iran attacks, they were provoked to do so.

    • Jinski13

      He was posed with a question is he just suppose to be an a** and say “I’m not answering your questions” ? That takes as many words as what he said anyways. He shouldn’t have to be consumed every second of every day with “more important issues”. Next let’s ridicule him for being a father…….

  • RedButterfly81

    Obama and Kayne lived in Chicago (my city) and Obama makes me prouder to be from the Chi (and he spoke at my high school graduation in 2000) while Kanye makes me embarrassed to be from the Chi because of his childish, egotistical and d-bag attitude especially when he throws hissy fits at award shows when he doesn’t win something.

  • Cha Cha

    My sentiments exactly, Pres. Obama.

  • Love_Sexy

    I agree with President Obama…..Kanye is nothing but a brat and is really pathetic …I have no respect for him at all…..Now that him and Kim Kardashian are dating they really are a match made in HELL.

  • ElvisWasAHero2Most

    Man, does anyone remember back when Kanye was humble?  When he would rap about personal struggles (most notably his car crash), family, self consciousness, minimum wage labor, religion?  I got goosebumps back then….
    Fast forward to now, and there’s been a complete 180 degree turn.  Since his humble beginnings, West has turned into the most egotistical person in the music industry.  Production wise though, I hate to admit the man is still a genius.  

    • That because when a parent passes away then that child feels like he is free and he can do what he wants and say what he wants.  All of that was hiding when his mom was alive no disrespect but I have seen this with other people and that happens to all of us.  Unless you are an up front person while you parents are alive.

  • IllyPhilly

    Well the next Prez will love Kanye

  • Ash_Gwentrice

    Well, the man isn’t lying. Kanye does have a bad attitude. If the stiletto fits, please put it on. 

  • guest

    That’s my president, Kayne is a a-hole, d-bag, a gay fish, egotistical, stupid and did I mention he’s a d-bag?! 

  • Sophie

    LOLOL blastin theraflu… bahaha… i’m sure.. Ye certainly brought this upon himself… talented yes… but definitely subject to scrunity.

  • Rachael

    Their is a difference between being awkward and being a d**k.  Kanye is much better than he used to be though.

  • LezMiz

    That’s okay. I disagree, though. I’m an awkward chick, so Kayne’s more my speed. I can see Jay-Z’s “cool” being more Obama’s style.