Kanye West is very talented but still a jack***: Obama

Apr 13, 2012, 08:52 IST | Agencies

Kanye West is still a jack*** according to US President Obama. The commander-in-chief spoke out about his rap star preferences in a brief interview, saying he prefers Jay-Z to the hot-headed hip-hopper.

But Obama was quick to give a nod to West, whom he insulted after the singer ruined Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech by jumping on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009. “[Kanye’s] a Chicago guy,” Obama said. “Smart. He’s very talented.”

Musical musings: US President Obama praised Kanye West (inset) saying that he was smart but that he preferred Jay Z. Pic/AFP

When journalist David Samuels reminded Obama he’d previously called Kanye a “jack***,” Obama said he still thought that way. “He is a jack***,” said the president. “But he’s talented.” West has a history of dustups with presidents.

The hip hop star also received disapproval from then-President George Bush in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, saying the president was racist and “didn’t care about black people”. Bush later revealed in his memoir that West’s insult was one of the lowest points in his presidency. 

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