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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i think conway west and barrack obama need to have a boxing death match for the title. what title you ask? the worlds strongest black man

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OK people. You are going to love this one. TOP 10 REASONS KANYE WEST RAN ON STAGE AND TOOK TAYLOR'S MIC. 1-HE PLAYED TRUTH OR DARE W/ JAY Z AND HAD TO DO IT. 2-HE WANTED TO SEE WHAT IT FELT LIKE TO WIN AND BE ON STAGE. 3-HE HAD A FLASH BACK WHEN HE KARYOKE AND SOMEONE TOOK HIS MIC. 4-BEYONCE PAID HIM $1,000,000 TO GO UP AND DO IT. 5-HIS GIRL FARTED AND RAN AS FAR AS HE COULD BUT ENDED ON STAGE. 6-HE MEANT TO DO IT TO BRITNEY SPEARS BUT SHE WAS NOT IN TOWN. 7-WHILE HE PUT HIS COGNAC DOWN SOMEONE SPIKED IT W/ JACKASS PILL. 8-DURING HIS HAIRCUT THE CHICAGO BASEMENT BARBER SLICE HIS BRAIN. 9-WAS SO EXCITED HIS IDOL(IN HIS PINK IPOD)WAS ON STAGE & REACTED. DRUM ROLL PLEASE!!!! BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM 10-HE SEEN BUTTS(BRUNO)FALLING FROM THE SKY&WENT TO WARN EVERY ONE

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OMG!!!!! I can't let this story go. It's like a crime that happens and if the media does not keep the fire on, it will just fade from peoples minds. Forget that I am a writer/blogger by nature/gift from god but I just feel like it my duty to make sure this punk/kanye(oh he does not deserve to get is name with a CAPITAL)goes down for what he did to a innocent soul. Well I can tell you this. He won't get any commercials or any PR firm calling. Oh I just got a revalation. kanye is trying to use being drunk as an excuse(indirectly) but %90 of the audience was drunk/stoned. So why every one else was civilized? Stay tuned for my next update. Oh I don't need to do it on twitter, I did not open one yet. Stay tuned HollywoodGossip.

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Ok team bloggers, we need to set Kanye up to look at all our comments. Lets tell him he has a lot of support on HollywoodGossip and when he checks we got him. The world is not loving him now and he needs to take a look at our comments. Wow!!!!!!!!!! He can't go anywhere now. Oh well, I guess he must stay in the slums of Chicago(no disrespect Mr. President you lived in the nice part) where they need Gulliani to clean up or Bill Bratton. Kanye please don't come to NYC we have some goons waiting. What's funny is real gangsta's don't like punk ass, tight pants, colorfull, wanna bees picking on the innocent. That is not Gangsta buddy. Where is Suge Knight??? Yo Suge, if Kanye ever wins an award please send a goon to take the mic. Taylor we love yooooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I think Kanye is a passionate person who is interest in justice across all social lines. I think he just felt that Beyonce had been slighted. He is in the entertainment industry. In america there is a history of slighting african americans when it comes to awards no matter how big of a star or how great their talent is, and I am sure he has experienced that. America has come a very long way and that is probably not the case all the time anymore. Taylor for example, has a hug following( not as large as beyonces but still) and people vote who wins those awards and they picked taylor. Not only that, but beyonce is starting to become lame as hell and annoying! that being said, kanye probably saw an injustice in his eyes where there really was none!. Sorry Kanye, I still love you.

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I agree, Kanye West is not welcome in Africa at all EVER as he is a racist pig.

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South Africa hates Kanye West. He better not step a foot on African soil ever in his puny little life.

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If Jay Leno had any b***z he would have cancelled West. He's such an a-hole he doesn't deserve any free publicity.

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i hat u kanye! u meanie bobenie!!

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that was a dumb racist comment!! he really should stop acting kool and keep his mouth shut! no one wants his opinion!!!

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