Barack Obama Calls Kanye West a Jackass; Rapper Apologizes Yet Again on Jay Leno

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President Barack Obama may be having trouble unifying the country behind his health care plan, but can't be accused of being out of touch here.

Thinking what the rest of the country is thinking, and actually saying it off the record, the Prez called Kanye West "a jackass" to CNBC yesterday.

He really did - off the record. But his remark became public when it was tweeted by ABC's Terry Moran on Twitter, Politico.com reported Monday.

Way to go, guys. Not that we disagree with the Prez in the least.

An ABC statement explains, without denying that the remark was made, that: "ABC News employees prematurely Tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview."

El Presidente

No thumbs up for Kanye from the President - or anyone - this week.

Meanwhile, Kanye West himself admitted to Jay Leno what Americans, including our Commander-in-Chief, had already figured out: He blew it.

"It was rude, period," he said.

Sunday at the MTV VMAs, the rapper jumped on stage, crashing Taylor Swift's speech and declaring that her award should have gone to Beyonce.

After fielding widespread criticism and apologizing, West told Leno last night, "I'm just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else's hurt."

West, who has had similar outbursts at previous awards shows, though never this bad, said, "I need to, after this, take some time off and just analyze how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve.

"If there's anything I could do to help Taylor in the future or help anyone, I'd like [to]," Kanye said, adding that he knew he really screwed up bad "as soon as I gave the mike back to her and she didn't keep going."

Check out Kanye's West interview on The Jay Leno Show below ...

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hooray for the president

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and still years later kanye is still pompous and an eyesore on the entertainment media.. the president got it right..and that should be one of the presidents point of lights in the campaigns for the democrats... kanye..you are invisible... you have no soul... you are kept alive by the luminaries you cling to..otherwise you would fade away like a piece of toilet tissue in the desert wind...go away kanye...pleese go away ...

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Conway West is a black moron. His life is like being a cop or at war???
Dumbass!!!!!!!!!

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and our president, despite the party lines..has kept his wits about him so far despite this country collapsing around him...

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When the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES mentions to an associate that ''kanye west is a jackass... that pretty much sums it up. nothing else to say, although i might add.. we all forgot, tacky, crude, uncivilized and a blowhard... it should be noted that kanye west has no identity, and he knows that he is invisible so he desperately thrusts himself into the spotlight so he feels real, and not invisible...a fake, fraud...with an inferiority complex...he needs psychotic drugs and therapy.... sad waste for such a talented musician... we love his work , the music is evolving...and he has successfully kept pace... 9

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Kanye West. Remember the world doesn't revolve around you. We live in a global society and every action you make and every mistake will be against your reputation, life and business.

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How do you go from being a complete jerk to all sympathetic, caring, willing to help, etc.... simple answer to that love, not sober to sober...very simple. TEAM KAYNE MATE!!!!

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GO OBAMA!!!! he probably shouldnt have said that but i totally agree with him. Kayne is a jackass. LOL

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The President should not get any flak for it - he was saying it like it is. He also should not have been tweeted by Terry Moran. Before this, a President had some discretion given to him, some off the record discussion allowed without public display - this President has no such luxury - and fairly doles out his praise and criticism. Kanye, bad move, but if you sincerely apologize, I think we should all move on.

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Barack said it best.

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