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, 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 ...


He is a total racist, he couldn't handle the fact that a little white girl singing country music (god forbid), beat out big ol' beyonce for an award. He was motivated by racism, and by his ever growing desperate need for attention. This was all about publicity, he wanted to be talked about and he is. He even got on leno because of it.
The idiot will do anything, no matter how wrong and humiliating, in order to get free press and attention. He is SO PATHETIC. what a joke that JACKASS is lol


He Needs A Break....I looked in his face and saw sadness...He's sad...When I Saw What He Did...I thought the same thing as you guys...but now looking at this video...i feel sorry for him...he needs time off...its like he was going to cry!!! :[ I thik he's going through a lot right not being a suck up its just what i saw in his face on the j leno show!!!


WAY TO GO OBAMA!! I mean, we've all been saying that Kayne is a jackass. Hopefully, now that it's coming from the PRESIDENT he'll actually believe it and do us all a favor and go live on a small island in the Pacific Ocean somewhere NEVER TO BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.


What is really funny about the whole, "appology," on Jay Leno show. He never appologized to her face to face. What a complete idiot. Hmmm if I see any of his CDs just laying around even at someones house I will dispose of them. Not a smart human....


kanye is a fucking dueche bag!


there is no way to tell if he was being racist. who knows if he would have done it to another black girl or not. who cares. the matter is he did this to another person, dosnt matter if shes white or black. he messed up big time and he knows it. i think he was drunk and he wanted to tell everyone what he thought but didnt actually think about what he was doing at the moment. thats why people think before they act. he didnt do that. people do that alot when they are drunk. but he was at a big event when he was drunk so he made a biggg ass out of himself. im not sticking up for him in anyway at all. i think what he did was rude and unthoughtfull. hes a jerk. hes done this before. but all im saying is i dont think it was racist. i think he was just really drunk and not thinking clearly. maybe he should stop drinking.


I do feel his actions were motivated by racism, he wouldn't have done that to a black, young, up and coming artist.


His hurt??! That's no excuse!


Kanye West IS an UGLY RACIST PIG, JERK, JACKASS DOUCHEBAG!! BOYCOTT Kanye West and BAN his ass from ALL music shows and events! His record label SHOULD drop him!! SHUT UP Kanye -GO AWAY-GET LOST!! Your FAKE apology means NOTHING!! BOYCOTT Kanye!


Another example of black on white crime. Where are Jessie and AL at on this one?

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