Obama calls Kanye a 'jackass'

What the president thinks of Kanye West (off the record)

Whether or not it was “off the record” is really beside the point because when President Obama reportedly called Kanye West a “jackass” during an interview with CNBC on Monday, the sentiment summed up what everyone who watched the hip-hip artist’s performance at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards was thinking. The remark, which was overheard by an ABC reporter and promptly Twittered to a million people, was allegedly made in reference to West’s hijacking of country singer Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for best female video. West stole the microphone and said that fellow nominee Beyonce Knowles had “one the best videos of all time.” ABC and West have both issued apologies.

Los Angeles Times

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