White House Press Secretary Questioned About Jay-Z's "Open Letter"

Press Secretary Jay Carney states that there was no communication between Jay-Z and President Obama.

Jay-Z’s "Open Letter" may have been released just this morning and already the record has made its way to the White House. Earlier today (April 11), during a White House press conference, White House press secretary Jay Carney was questioned about the President Barack Obama reference on Jay-Z’s newly-released record as well as the rappers controversial trip to Cuba.

Jay-Z mentions President Obama in this particular lyric: “Obama said ‘chill, you gonna get me impeached’/ But you don't need this shit anyway/ Chill with me on the beach.”

During the press conference, a reporter quoted part of the song for Carney and then asked if President Obama had any kind of conversation with Jay-Z in regards to his trip to Havana, Cuba. Carney went on to stress that the U.S. Treasury Department handles such matters and revealed that there was no communication between the President and Jay-Z.

“I guess nothing rhymes with ‘treasury.’ Because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel as you know and the White House has nothing to do with it,” Carney explained. “I am absolutely saying that the White House and the President on down had nothing to do with anybody’s travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles.”

Produced by Swizz Beatz, “Open Letter” features both Jay-Z and Timbaland and debuted earlier today on Hot 97.

RELATED: Jay-Z Addresses Cuba Criticism & Nets Ownership In "Open Letter"

53 Comments

  • Little Joe (The People's Voice)

    Jay Z famous for his art of war tunes, street justice, and statements of poverty situations and concerns of a self image - Publicity or Honesty?

  • Obama

    I have no knowledge of ever talking to this Jay Z fellow. In fact I hate rap. Next question.

  • IMhO

    jayz a beast loll got white house reps commenting on his songs lollll. songs fire tho

  • mindrelated

    This is the problem I have with the media and people in general. We attempt to make an issue rather than relying on facts. The reporter clearly read to seperate parts of the song and attempted to blend them saying that he said he recieved White House clearance. Until we as human beings begin to deal with facts, then and only then we will we be better informed and educated. People will not be able to manipulate your point of view based on their opinions or entry hypothesis.

  • YESSIR

    WEEZY DICKRIDER REPORTING IN. I LOVE BALLS ALL UP IN MY FACE AND I'M JUST MAD BECAUSE JIGGA IS ON A WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL THAN MY BITCHMADE IDOL LIL WAYNE. WHILE WEEZY IS PUTTING OUT SHITTY MUSIC THAT CAN ONLY MOVE LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT HE USE TO SELL, JAY Z IS ADDRESSING HEADS OF STATE. YOUNG MONEY GETTIN SHITTED ON WITH THIS ONE, JAY ON A WHOLE NOTHER LEVEL WHILE BITCH ASS IS BROKE NO MONEY HAVIN DICKRIDER.

  • Ja Rule

    I heard Roc Nation is getting repossesed and taken over by Ja Rule

  • Ja Rule

    Ja Rule Raped Halie in the asshole

  • Facts

    According to the New York Times & Forbes Jay Z owns 1/5 of a percent of the Barclays Center. Doesn't sound like much at first but when you consider the building is worth more than a billion that means his stake is worth over 2 million (by both publications). His original investment was for 1 million in the team. That number is expected to go up when he finishes divesting his interest in the team. Plus he receives profits from the overall venue for ALL events there. Add this with the fact that all his products, including: the 40/40 club, RocaWear Store (which he stills splits profits from through Iconix), Ace of Spades/Hublot Watches/D'usse Cognac (all of which he has equity in): receive prime placement within the venue and its attractions. He will literally pull in millions from this venture. All things considered he's going to make anywhere from 5-10 million from his affiliation with the nets organization annually since the move to Brooklyn.

  • Jay-Z - Made In America

    1. Made In America feat. Beyonce (Produced by Just Blaze) 2. Stand Up (Produced by Swizz Beatz) 3. All the Way (Produced by Timbaland, co. Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon) 4. Oh Yeah feat. Justin Timberlake (Produced by Timbaland, co. Justin Timberlake, co. Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon) 5. Good Times (Produced by Hit-Boy, co. Kanye West, add. Mike Dean) 6. Blue Notes feat. Lonnie Liston Smith (Produced by Kanye West, co. No I.D.) 7. Life Is a Movie (Produced by S1, co. Caleb) 8. Fresh for Life (Produced by Swizz Beatz) 9. That's My Word (Produced by Timbaland, co. Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon) 10. Heaven feat. Miguel (Produced by Hit-Boy) 11. Guilty Pleasures (Produced by Timbaland, co. Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon) 12. Upper Echelon feat. Kanye West & Pharrell (Produced by The Neptunes, co. Kanye West) 13. Clap Yo Hands feat. Pharrell (Produced by The Neptunes) 14. Made In America (Reprise) (Produced by No I.D.)

  • yousettherules

    "land of the free; home of the brave." jay-z just doing what the song say. get off his nuts, b. telling a grown dude, where he can and can't go.

  • Anonymous

    could jay z's lyrics affect how communist countries conduct business with america?

  • YESSIR

    THE ONLY WAY NON POLITICALLY INVOLVED AMERICANS COULD GO THROUGH CUBA IS OF HUMANITARIAN REASONS. WHICH MEANS JAY-Z ENCOURAGES COMMUNISM AND SOCIALISM. IM NOTHING AGAINST THAT TYPE OF REFORM. WHAT IM AGAINST IS JAY RAPPING ABOUT HOW MUCH MONEY HE GOT AND HOW RICHER HE IS COMPARED TO THE OTHER NIGGA..AND THEN THE NIGGA HAS THE AUDACITY TO SYMPATHIZE WITH CUBANS?! FUCC OUTTA HERE..JUST LIKE WHEN HE DECIDED TO SELL (WHICH MEAN GETTING MONEY OUT OF IT) OCCUPY T SHIRTS FOR ONE THE BIGGEST SOCIALIST MOVEMENT IN NEW YORK HISTORY....YALL CALLING DRAKE FAKE CUZ HE TRYNNA BE HARD AND GANGSTER ..LMFAO JUST LOOK AT YOUR IDOL FIRST U DUMBASS NIGGAS..HE MAY BE ON THE FORBES LIST BUT SEAN CARTER IS THE BIGGEST HYPOCRIT IN THE GAME YALL CANT DENY THAT

  • jnr

    "I guess nothing rhymes with treasury" Ouch, that's what you call #OWNED #ETHERED again!

  • meezy

    why are the media concerned with this? i'm pretty sure there are more important issues at hand.

  • Anonymous

    Never the greatest technically, but you can say this for Jay-Z - he has a great sense of what to say and when to get people talking.

    • Big Dan

      He might have messed up here though. There goes those visits to the WH. Its Obama that does not need this eesh. If Obama was your boy from back in the day, its one thing, but like every other politician, he is too worried about his image, especially with d$*K head republicans always on his tail. Like I said in a prior comment yesterday, Jigga is beginning to name call too much and it will come back and bite. And its not like Jigga doesn't give a flip either. He is at that point where he too worries about his image. He fell back after that "Wall Street Takeover" fiasco. So he really has to pick one side of the fence now, he can't keep straddling. You're either Jigga that for extra, could get them keys to Florida, or you're Suit and Tie Jigga rocking The Met. If you want friends like Obama, you're the latter, in which case, you can't keep talking that street eesh. With North Kora looking for attention, they can't be asking WH officials about trips to Cuba. I'm surprised no one's brought up the fact that Jigga was a drug dealer who still likes boasting about it.

  • Anonymous

    Even if he did, the press secretary will lie about it. Right now, Obama is focused on North Korea and their missiles pointed at the U.S.

  • Anonymous

    I'm pretty sure Jay-Z didn't mean that they had that EXACT conversation. I'm also pretty sure that there are much more important things going on in the world

  • Fools

    The World is under a new management... Little children we are taking over its Hova

  • Papa G

    accessory, treachery, memory, energy, sensory, jeopardy, cleverly...

  • Anonymous

    Jay Carney and Jay-Z

  • jscot

    It's time for Hov to go sit on the beach in The Beach Chair from Kingdom Come. Hang it up man...This nigga made it to the White House brushing shoulders with the president and you still wanna portrait your self as cool rapper nigga. Sitting next to Hillary smelling like Dank huh?...They shouldnt have never given you niggas money. This nigga is to old to be this idiotic..

    • jscot

      NickG you just qualified my point. 20 years in the rap game one of the greatest ever, what more do you have to prove as a 40 plus man. You are at the pinnacle of entertainment it's over bruh. It's bum ass nigga like you that think ignorant lines like that are 'bossy' when at his level it's classless. That nigga is tired and he ain't made nothing notably worth hearing since Blueprint 1.

    • IMhO

      hang it up.. open letter was on point and nice as hell..why would he hang it up when he still got it?

    • NickG

      hang it up? more than 20 years in the game and the most successful of all time and you think he should hang it up? you must be retarded...this industry is his life hes not going anywhere...because hes friends with Obama hes not cool? who u chill with? bum ass people in ur hood? nobody's in other words...sitting next to hilary smellin like dank...thats a clever line about how hes so respected he can do whatever he wants...stfu tellin him to hang it up where was you when he was puttin in his time and everyone was doubting dumbass

    • REAL HIP HOP

      LOL sittin next to hillary smelling like dank ahahhahaha and the chappelle reference had me rollin ahahaha

  • Anonymous

    Jay-Z lies like Birdman.

  • Anonymous

    yo Hov hire me i'm jobless and shit ain't no fun i need that straight cash youknowhatimean

  • Jerome

    This is a paradox for jayz dickriders. In one sense they can talk about how important jayz is that he is discussed in the whitehouse. In the other sense, he was made to look like a clown in the video and was exposed for his exaggerations and stories. Theres an emerging theme here. Claiming owndership of the nets, with 1/15th of 1% loll or claiming to have built the barclays centre with presumably another minute stake is not a good look. Imma fail my finals this year with 1/15 of the entire marks and claimed I owned the exam to my famlay. ha

    • Anonymous

      he dont have nothing 2 do with the nets as a team. he dont have ownership at all anymore he just own a a part of the Barclays Center thats why he said he still keeping his seats. did anyone listen to the song at all?

    • Jay Z

      Your logic is severely flawed. Even if I own 0.005% of the tea, I still have a stake in the team, meaning my socks are worth more than yours. In other words, I still have much more money than you.

    • Nick

      The Barclays Center cost $1 to build (http://www.constructiondigital.com/under_construction/the-nba-comes-to-brooklyn). Even if he blew all his money on it he would have come up short. Even if he was speaking in the sense of him securing funding; the bank would have laughed him out of the building. And to the guy talking about "Ya'll forget this dude is a black man who came from he projects of MARCY." If it wasn't for Calvin Klein he would just be making it out of the penn. And look how he treated Calvin when he came home. Jay is a piece of shit fake ass bitch

    • d-nucks

      This is a CLEAR CASE OF someobody trying to diminish another mans ACCOMPLISHMENTS. The most hate you can muster is he ONLY OWNS 1% of the NETS. Ya'll forget this dude is a black man who came from he projects of MARCY and pull his self out of povert to own 1% of a professional basketball team .....THATS AMAZING IF I SAY SO. Thats like somebody saying the set foot on another planet...and you say "he only made it to jupiter" nigga couldn't even make it to pluto!. LMAO

    • Anonymous

      um, if jay did talk to obama i highly doubt they would would want it to get it out. white house would lie

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  • dentaldamboy

    Jay-Z lies about everything. -His ownership stake in the Nets -His criminal record -The extent of his relationship with Obama We have every reason to think that the $475mm is false.

    • ^

      Nobody believes you.

    • dentaldamboy

      my research is extensive because mom dukes went on wikipedia to get me the 411 on jay-z, obama and forbes

    • Anonymous

      Everything you say is bullshit.

    • Anonymous

      thats true, and i think the exaggerations in those senses are more metaphorical than actual declarations.

    • hov

      He's pretty honest about that in his book Decoded. Jay-Z is an artist first a foremost and encourages imagination aka lying. Even Beyonce says that Jay-Z taught her how to become a true artist. People respect him and love him for his ability to execute his artistic personification onto the world. Jay-Z isn't "real" he has the the vision to forecast trends and uses that to his advantage, he has the ability to shapeshift his Jay-Z persona and brand to into any group. It's impressive what he has accomplished in his life built on emotions and imagination.

    • Anonymous

      forbes stupid

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