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Obama Calls Kanye West A "Jackass" For VMA Stunt

So reports ABC's Terry Moran, via Twitter. It's gone now, but here's what it said...

TerryMoran: Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a "jackass" for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT'S presidential.

Apparently this was an off the record remark, that accidentally got reported. Unlike the Gates incident, Obama called this one as he (and everyone else) sees it.


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In case you've been paying attention to nothing but health care and other pressing issues, perennial douchbag Kanye West made a jackass out of himself at MTV's Video Music Awards last night. Wizbang Pop! has the details and video.


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"This was done before our e... (Below threshold)
jim m:

"This was done before our editorial process had been completed."

Glad they have all those editors to make their product better than what you find on blogs.

Actually it's one of he few things (possibly the only thing) that he's gotten right. Of course the appearance is that he wanted to retract it. Probably didn't want to hurt his track record.

Barry only dis's in public ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Barry only dis's in public when it's a white guy.
"Nuance".

MTV hates black people.... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

MTV hates black people.

Even a stopped clock on mil... (Below threshold)
Dave:

Even a stopped clock on military time is right once a day. Well done sir. If this is indeed true. Well done indeed.

off the record comment repo... (Below threshold)
jt:

off the record comment reporter screwed up and has apologized but i agree with obama

Obama is right, Kanye West ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Obama is right, Kanye West is a jackass.

See, I don't disagree with Obama on everything.

Kanye "Jackass" West has ag... (Below threshold)
Kanye's Mother:

Kanye "Jackass" West has again disgraced his Mother so he must not give a damn about her. I guess his records needed a boost so he stooped to disgrace his Mother to sell records...it's all an act to sell product. What a low life.

LA Times reports Kanye's no... (Below threshold)
Jay:

LA Times reports Kanye's not an official Jackass. Again another half-truth reported by the LA Times.

But MTV needs to create an official Kanye West Jackass Award for people who disgrace themselves, their relatives, their friends, and the entire nation.

My condolences to the Famil... (Below threshold)
914:

My condolences to the Family of patrick Swayze.

off the record my ass, Obam... (Below threshold)
exceller:

off the record my ass, Obama wanted to weigh in, this was a set-up. issue and retract.

Most of us knew he was a de... (Below threshold)
tyree:

Most of us knew he was a despicable human being since his 2005 remarks about President Bush. It's nice to know the rest of the world is beginning to pick up on that.

Obama's Brotha Souljah Mome... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Obama's Brotha Souljah Moment.

Props to Mr. O on this one.... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Props to Mr. O on this one.

Kayne is a frikkin' dick.

Yeah. Unfortunately it doe... (Below threshold)

Yeah. Unfortunately it doesn't really matter. We all know it happened, but much like the 9/12 rally in DC, if nobody reports it, then it never really happened. Yep, the Kanye douchebaggery is getting a lot of play, but does anybody bother to mention all of his past behavior that shows that eh's just a fucking racist ? Really, this is the same tool that jumped in front of everyone to say that New Orleans was all fucked up because Bush didn't like black people. But is he a racist fuckstick for jumping up and mugging (yep, racist term) a young white girl to tell everyone that the black chick really deserved the award ? Of course not .. he's "urban" so he couldn't be a racist fucking shitstain.

I am so goddamned tire of this shit it ain't even funny.

Swift should have slapped K... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Swift should have slapped Kanye.

The real ... "suckitude" he... (Below threshold)

The real ... "suckitude" here is that he assaulted and robbed a young girl. She's not even old enough to drink. He stole one of her first "moments". Certainly not her first "moment", because to those of us that listen to country, she's already fucking famous.

He's still a fucking dickhead.

kanye is a ignorant ass i c... (Below threshold)
nikki:

kanye is a ignorant ass i cant stand him and never did.i admirered his music but what he did at the vma i will never support him again. that shows us that he is all for hisself.

Swift should have slappe... (Below threshold)

Swift should have slapped Kanye.

You have to keep in mind that Swift is a young girl. Sure either one of us would have knocked him on his ass and he would have deserved it, but Taylor Swift is 18, 19?. Fuck, what a waste of space and oxygen Kanye is.

Where was Security? Why wa... (Below threshold)
Eric:

Where was Security? Why was someone allowed to jump onto the stage in the first place? What if this had been some crazy fan with a big knife instead of a crazy performer with a big mouth? This story wouldn't be so funny if it had been a nut case who ran on stage and stabbed Taylor Swift. Whoever was in charge of security at that show needs to be sacked.

I was wondering the same th... (Below threshold)
pjaykc:

I was wondering the same thing, Eric. Pretty scary when you think about it!

Obama will use this inciden... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:

Obama will use this incident to appoint a Manners Czar.

I'd pay to watch serena wil... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I'd pay to watch serena williams stuff an effing tennis ball down his effing throat....

What I find interesting is ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

What I find interesting is the speedy and groveling way that ABC apologized for publishing what the President felt was an off the record remark.
Contrast Connie Chung asking someone's mother, just between us girls, what they thought about Hillary Clinton. Or an accidentally open mic discussing Adam Clyman...
Neither end of the spectrum is really wrong, in my opinion, but it is interesting to see how different the reaction is when you have a D or an R after your name.

Uh huh. Smells like a pure ... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Uh huh. Smells like a pure set-up.

By 'accidentally' leaking this out, Brocko and his apologists get to say 'Well, the Prez slapped down that rude Kanye person.' At the same time, he gets to say to his Thug-culture supporters 'Hey, that was a totally off the record comment. I just have to say stuff like that to some people, y'know? (wink,wink)'

It doesn't count for much until he says it officially.

If he thinks it will help politically, he'll come out in the open and say it.
If he thinks it will not help him politically, he won't.

He sure was quick enough to say the Cambridge police acted 'stupidly' and (nudge, nudge)immediately lecture the world on examples of police racial misconduct during a televised newsconference.

Maybe Kanya hates white peo... (Below threshold)
GianiD:

Maybe Kanya hates white people?

Come to think of it, maybe Fauxbama hates black people?

Wow, finally something Obam... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

Wow, finally something Obama and I agree on-- West is a jackass, among other things.

Wow, I have to say that I'm... (Below threshold)

Wow, I have to say that I'm surprised and a bit impressed that BO said this. Are you certain he said it? Can't think of a time he said anything that was impressive.

"Im looking at the Man in t... (Below threshold)
914:

"Im looking at the Man in the mirror"

~Barak Obama

Kanye West IS a jackass and... (Below threshold)

Kanye West IS a jackass and a whole lot more! Check out these t-shirts at http://www.zazzle.com/jroota*

Maybe Barry will invite Kan... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Maybe Barry will invite Kane and Taylor over for a beer and "teachable moment". Oh, wait, Taylor's only 20..........

Kanye looks like a kid that... (Below threshold)
914:

Kanye looks like a kid that use to come and beg for french fries every weekend from Me and My brother at McDonalds on 7th and Hennepin when I was a young lad. I always wondered whatever became of that lazy jacass SOB?

Now I know.

No offense, but I've seen s... (Below threshold)
Hank:

No offense, but I've seen so much of Obama lately that I don't care what he said.

However, regarding the VMA/West situation, Beyonce showed a lot of class later on allowing Swift her moment.

Ok....Drop the ? mark.. The... (Below threshold)
914:

Ok....Drop the ? mark.. There aint no doubt about it.

Oh brother. As if you reall... (Below threshold)

Oh brother. As if you really care that Obama is being "presidential" or not. Give me a break. Let's talk about all the Republicans who have been burned by live microphones in the last couple of years, including just this last week in California. If Obama did say this, only two things count: was he correct and was he speaking it openly for all to hear.

Kayne West and Barack Obama... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Kayne West and Barack Obama two peas in a pod the pots calling the kettle black again

If Obama truly said this ab... (Below threshold)
Trajan:

If Obama truly said this about K. West, then
he is a racist. West is black the last I saw
him. Bro shouldn't dis bro. fer shizzle.

"Let's talk about all the R... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"Let's talk about all the Republicans who have been burned by live microphones in the last couple of years, including just this last week in California. If Obama did say this, only two things count: was he correct and was he speaking it openly for all to hear."

Hey Nimrod, the tread topic is Kane West. (Failed reading comprehension didn't you?)

Doesn't matter if Barry said it or not, he "retracted" the statement later. Didn't happen. Just like that Tea Party in Washington, didn't happen. Just like the current ACORN scandal. Didn't happen. And don't forget the Democrats who also got 'burned' by live microphones.

Go back and drink your kool aid, troll. You add nothing to the discussion.

Now that's funny! West dese... (Below threshold)

Now that's funny! West deserved it! And Beyonce was kind to Taylor for giving her her support.

Who benefits from this news... (Below threshold)
Hannah:

Who benefits from this news?

1) MTv
2) Taylor Swift
3) Kanye West
4) Jay Leno
5) Obama
6) Access Hollywood
7) TMZ
8) Oprah
9) all of the above

wake up...

I am sure that in the futur... (Below threshold)

I am sure that in the future President Obama will be more careful about what he says off the record.

The president just spoke hi... (Below threshold)

The president just spoke his mind out loud. And I think West himself must be regretful, he apologized for what he've done on another show.

So obama's not racist, but,... (Below threshold)

So obama's not racist, but, clearly, a gay fish hater

Finally i agree with Obama ... (Below threshold)
BoycottKanye:

Finally i agree with Obama after 8 months. Kanye is a sore racist looser just like Jamie Foxx who called Miley Cyrus a white b***. Swift and Cyrus = angels, Kanye and Foxx = evil

+1"Kayne West and ... (Below threshold)

+1

"Kayne West and Barack Obama two peas in a pod the pots calling the kettle black again"




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