Kanye West Responds To President Barack Obama's "Jackass" Comment

Kanye West also tells the President to keeps Kim Kardashian's name out his mouth.

In 2009, Kanye West caused a major controversy by taking the spotlight (and microphone) away from Taylor Swift as she came up to give her acceptance speech for an MTV Video Music Award.

Shortly thereafter, President Barack Obama was caught in a candid moment calling West a "jackass" for his actions.

During an interview on Philadelphia's Hot 107.9, Kanye addressed the infamous moment. "That was kind of my position in culture, that he also used that too, like 'Oh, he's a jackass,' and stuff like that, because that's how the world felt," said 'Ye. "But I don't care if somebody the President or not. I care about thoughts, and how you helpin' people, and what you bring to the world. My music brings joy to people. What I create brings joy to people, and I'm about people. Me, I'm not about me. I'm about, 'I got an idea that people gonna like.'"

Kanye also addressed remarks by Obama where the POTUS criticized a "change in culture" that includes children "monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation.

"I think he shouldn't mention my baby mama name," said Kanye, before adding, "because we both from Chicago."

Ultimately, Kanye put a moratorium on Obama-talk. "I'm not gonna mention him no more," he said. "I'm past that. That's out my thoughts. That's lower on my priority of thinking at this point."

Watch the interview below:

This isn't the first time that Kanye has responded to President Obama. "When Obama called me 'jackass,' after the Taylor incident, I thought that the person who taped that wasn’t supposed to tape it," he said in 2010. "Obama was supposed to be speaking off the record. Obama has way more important stuff to worry about than my public perception. He was trying to pass the healthcare bill. And if he said that to relate to the room or lighten the room up and the whole mood, then I’d be more than happy to be the butt of all of his jokes if it in the some way helps his overall mission. I’m a soldier of culture. I’m resilient. I’m sure I’ll still beat him in basketball."

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  • GMAN

    Kanye West will be remembered not as a genius but as the BIGGEST ASSHOLE OF ALL TIME, who married the BIGGEST ASS OF ALL TIME.And they are both full of shit. He is a bigger asshole than one would find on a gay prostitute. He is a perfect example of how not to behave when you are a public figure....

  • kssunnyk

    Happy Thank Givings , Merry X-Mas 7 Happy New Year Obama Family.And the hard work you all done for our country.

  • Anonymous

    I think that Kanye West and President Obama are the same. They said things, their opinion and anger made them act without thinking. Kanye only made one mistake and people act all defensive because of Taylor Swift. I don't think he actually done anything wrong.... Don't ruin him. :(

  • ct

    kanye,and obama,are the epiphany of racistlike racistits all hushhushtake both careeres.and thennnnn

  • barrydavillain

    Kanye is an idiot, and a jackass. Your music doesn't bring joy to anyone because it's overrated garbage. Stop talking about the President or anyone talking about you. You live a public life, prepare to be talked about, and that goes double for your chick!

  • Anonymous

    This article is full of spelling and grammatical errors. Even in the opening line. Get your shit together HHDX, you're looking like some 12 year old's first blog.

  • Catherine Kauffman

    til I saw the draft four $7383, I didn't believe ...that...my neighbour truley making money in their spare time on there computar.. there mums best friend haz done this for under twentey months and resently paid the depts on there house and purchased a great new Subaru Impreza. find more info... www.Fb39.Com Since then his musical tastes have been questionable and his skills have declined. Yeezus further proved this downward trend. By the way, this video is FUCKING AWFUL.

  • Anonymous

    seems like this site is turning Caucasian...

  • Anon

    No Kanye, you are actually just a jackass, ik that's hard for you to comprehend...

  • anonymous

    3 years later, people that aren't the POTUS still think he's a jackass.

  • Real Talk

    Bet a dollar BO done called some of his Congress more than jackass not even a month ago. 'Ye be trolling the media, like wearing a kilt & you clowns eat it up while silently wishing GOOD Fridays would come back and he puts the mascot suit (you like that artistic expression don't you hypocrite?) back on. I ain't forget that 'Power' video, the uproar and inquisitive freemason talk, while he was making music with Pete Rock, RZA, Q-Tip, Charlie Wilson, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Mos Def. And you screaming about his girl online is some straight up and down sucker s&@t.

  • Brizla

    Grand delusions personified lol.

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  • Anonymous

    You are mad lame, dawg- err, ummm, jackass. Yo! What CAN you do if the president doesn't shut up? Even Lay-Z's goons can't break into the white house.

  • Anonymous

    Who takes a president serieus who talks with jayz and young jeez and who likes hiphop? lol what a clown! Oh and fuck and die kanye

  • Anonymous

    actually a completely mature reaction to a really immature president.

    • Anonymous

      You're a fag steve.

    • Steve4

      Kanye is that you? Pay attention. You're not a genius. You're not Yeezus. You are a jackass. And nobody cares if you can beat the President at basketball. And Taylor Swift has more talent in her pinky that you do in your entire career. And if I want to say something about your fatass wife you can't do anything about it. Kim Kardashian is a fatass.

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  • PATHH88

    Ay yo KANYE, your wife is a HO....only famous cos she made a sex tape and lived on the coat tails of her father, she a ho plain and simp, and you far from a pimp so you must be a john, how long before the realtionship is over and you paying her off ? i give it another 2-3 years...and you are a jackass, a self indulgent, camera hungry, starving for attention, whining jackass................you do make some good beats tho but you need to lay off the mic cos as Divine Styler said you " Ain't Sayin Nothing"...

  • Mike Zombie

    This fool never did this much radio interviews. Getting outsold by Cole bothered this guy.

    • Yeah

      I like Born Sinner, but yeah, of course, pandering to girls and teenagers does that. Releasing two singles with one popular r&b singer and one popular group would also do that. Also, killing somebody in both music videos from the album, really brings some uniqueness to it. Can't wait to see who Cole decides to kill in the next vid, his "Grandma"?

    • hiphop

      LMFAOO! Mike Zombie a fool! But Drake and Cole bought at most 80 copies. Still outsold Kanye despite your beliefs.

    • Anonymous

      Your boss and Cole bought all of Cole's albums in NYC. All of the teenage girls that worship your boss's dick decided that they should do the same. Dipshit. How are you supposedly signed to OVO Sounds, but so clueless? Started From the Bottom's beat sucked, by the way, Drake should stick to just using 40.

    • L.O.R.E

      only reason he got out sold by cole in the long run is because drake and cole bought all of cole's albums off the shelf at bestbuy

  • Mike Zombie

    But what does that mean when he said "we're both from Chicago". Is Yeezus about that life, or will Obama give him that work?

    • Anonymous

      Aren't you a member of Kanyetothe? And yet you're talking shit, gay shit, to be clear. "Obama will give him that work", all that money you got from SFTB beat can't buy your straightness. Fucking retard.

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  • moresickaMC

    hehe I liked how he checked the pres when it comes to his woman, kinda hilarious Id do the same thing too. but theyre both puppets(Obama puppet and Kanye puppet) so they both add little positive value to this planet.

  • ObamaCare

    This shit happened 3 years ago. Who gives a fuck? If Kanye really wants to be "for the people" as he so claims then he can grow a set of balls and start beef with Obama and his whole crooked cabinet. He can speak on real issues like he used to. He's only rockin' confederate flags for promotional purposes. You wanna be for the people, Kanye? Snatch the mic out of Obama's hand and say "yea, you've done good but Ron Paul's shit's better, ya'll." All ya'll motherfuckers, black or white, kissing Obama's ass cause he's black are some ignorant ass people. What, you don't give a shit if your rights get taken away just as long as a black dude can be president? Wake the fuck up and listen to some Dead Prez, Lowkey or Immortal Technique. Real talk.

  • finfrosk

    Kanye is such a talentless ASSHOLE! I hope he dissapears from the face of the earth.

  • Anonymous

    People are always preaching about speaking your mind, and when finally somebody does it, he gets ridiculed. fuck all you hypocritical assss motherfuckas

  • Anonymous

    yah kanyes not about kanye...

  • Anonymous

    At YMCMB, Republic Records let us do what we want, unlike atlantic records where Fiasco, one of the guys kayne fucked with, is getting screwed over.

  • KanyeToThe

    Yeezus got 9.5/10 on pitchfork my boy Ye stays winning!!!

    • Anonymous

      It also got the highest review of the year on DX. Which you are now on idiot #ETHER

    • Anonymous

      Pitchfork is for hipsters, and is in no way, shape or form the end-all be-all decider of how music should be rated. That said, Yeezus was ass, and you know it.

  • John

    Oh my god Kanye shut the FUCK UP. How fucking deluded is this idiot?

  • Anonymous

    . GIVE ME A CHANCE Youtube is all about finding new artist, & though I been rapping for a while im still consider a new artist. I just want my music heard thats all, im not looking for no record deal, getting famous 'r anything like that.! so please just spare a few sec. to check me out, & if you like what you heard please SUBSCRIBE so ill know you actually listen & support http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaSNK0pm4eY

  • Anonymous

    Barack Obama's music choice is pretty questionable, pretty sure he said that he likes DJ Khaled...

  • Anonymous

    Kanye is crazy - period and we all have NO I.D to thank

  • Anonymous

    Lol he says about he's for the people and shit yet Ye is a major asshole. Not saying I wouldn't be in his position, I'm sure fans get annoying as hell, but don't claim to be something you're not Also I wouldn't talk shit on a man that can have you and your entire family killed within 2 minutes of ordering it lol

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