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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Oh I will not purchase any LV (Louis Vitton) until they drop this college drop out punk. If he stayed in college he would of learned that every action has a reaction. Go back to Chicago with those drop out drug dealers. You are not wanted in NYC or LA. Oh I heard if he would of did that to PINK she would kick his or his bald head Hermaphodit girl freind up. HA HA HA

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LV need to cancel his contract, he should be banned from all Live award ceremonies, Taylor Swift should sue him for defamation. Oh Kanye don't go to no Red Neck town. They will get you and I support it even if I am African American. Please Boycott kanye. And why Jay Leno put this guy on. No wonder Jay is a flop. I will boycott anyone who supports Kanye. Taylor you handle this idiot like a real queen. Don't worry, some thug is going to get him back.

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I think kanye is going to loose a lot of fans for what he did. Its always the talented ones that be the dumbest! He should have never did that to taylor! He gives black entertainers a bad name... But as im insulting him i want to give beyonce her props for making it right at the end of the show. Once again beyonce comes out as the classy one..

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Obama probably shouldnt of said that but he's also rite lol

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I saw Kanye on Leno last night. He made some comment like, "I just wanted to share my vision of the awards with everyone". No, moron, you just wanted be the center of attention. Nobody asked you for your opinion. You just decided to get up on stage like you were invited. You weren't. And now you're getting the reaction you deserve. It's not like it's the first time Kanye bulldozed his way onto a stage uninvited. It's not like it's the first time he made a total azz of himself, shooting his mouth off. Looks like Kanye's mental development halted around age 13. The guy's too old to keep behaving like a self-centered teenager with no upbringing. Keeps yapping about his Mom but you'd never know he had one, the way he acts. If Kanye wants to be a man, he needs to learn to shut up and stay in his seat during award shows, and stop thinking everyone in the world cares or needs to know what HE thinks.

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Kenya West,You are a sorry-ass excuse for an entertainer.I've heard your "stuff" and I'm sure you make a lot of money.McDonalds sells crap and they make a ton of cash also.Why don't you just go away?

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ONCE AGAIN YOU'VE SHOWN YOUR ASS SHOWED THE WORLD YOU GOT NO CLASS STOP THE NONSENSE AND GET A CLUE WHEN WILL YOU LEARN IT AIN'T ALL ABOUT YOU YOU'RE MAMAS LOOKING DOWN AND SHE AIN'T PROUD YOU'RE RUDE OBNOXIOUS AND JUST PLAIN LOUD EVEN YOU'RE PEERS THINK YOU'RE JUST A JOKE KEEP IT UP YOU'LL BE OVER AND JUST PLAIN BROKE.

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I am not buying it. How do you go from being a complete jerk to all sympathetic, caring, willing to help, etc. He's just trying to make himself look better. If he really was this genuine then he never ever would have done what he did on stage that night. He thinks he can just apologize and go on like nothing happened.

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Kanye west is an idiot!

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