President Obama still thinks Kanye West is a 'jackass,' but likes Jay-Z

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tbd-kanyewest041312.jpgPresident Barack Obama noted two years ago on Nightline he though Kanye West was a "jackass" for interrupting Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech, but how does the leader of the free world feel about him now? About the same, it turns out.

In a short interview with The Atlantic, Obama was asked which hip-hop go-to guy did her prefer, West or Jay-Z, and the president quickly responded, "Jay-Z. Although I like Kanye. He's a Chicago guy. Smart. He's very talented." The reporter pointed out the president had called West a jackass, but that didn't faze Obama. "He is a jackass. But he's talented."

The Juice* has to note this is really just an anecdote to kick off a larger story about Kanye, but no one seems to care about that. No, what they care about is that President Obama still thinks Kanye is a jackass and has annointed Jay-Z the true king of New York. And really, isn't that the best takeaway here?

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[Last modified: Thursday, April 12, 2012 5:04pm]

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