Before starting the promotional work for his latest album, Kanye West attempted to keep a low profile. So, when President Obama called West a “jackass,” following his infamous 2009 Video Music Awards interruption of Taylor Swift, the Chicagoan emcee didn’t really speak on the subject. Now, he has decided to share some of his thoughts on the matter.

During a recent XXL interview, West said he didn’t mind being called a “jackass” by the leader of the United States. 

“When Obama called me ‘jackass,’ after the Taylor incident, I thought that the person who taped that wasn’t supposed to tape it. 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,” he noted. 

In other related news, it is being reported by Fake Shore Drive and others that Kanye West and Jay-Z will be releasing their collaborative EP, Watch the Throne, soon. The rumor is that the release will come through Def Jam with “Monster ” being their first single.