The Obama “Jackass” Comment About Kanye West
Thanks to TMZ.com, which seems to get everything these days:
From HuffPo, we get the context of the comment. The president was shooting the breeze with the MSM at CNBC before the interview even started. Usually, they’re doing sound checks and adjusting mikes and stuff:
Q: Were your girls as hacked off as mine were that Kanye gave Taylor Swift the Joe Wilson treatment?
Obama: I thought that was really inappropriate. You know it was like she’s getting an award — why are you butting in? I, I hear you — I agree with you.
Q: So does that count as the first question?
Obama: The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She’s getting her award. What’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass. (Laughter) No, now — this — all this stuff — I’m assuming all this stuff. Where’s the pool? Come on guys. Cut the president some slack. I got a lot of other stuff on my plate. Yeah. Cause I remember last time it was the fly thing. Now that was the highlight of (trails off)
Q: No that worked out well for you. You were a ninja.
Obama: Except [to] PETA… (laughter)
Obama was referring to the time he was being interviewed and an ordinary house fly butted in several times until Obama slapped it into oblivion.
Thanks to Terry Moran, an ABC News reporter on the feed, Tweeting his followers about what was supposed to be off-the-record remarks before the interview actually began, Obama is going to have to watch what he says even more now. This came out as a plus for Obama, but on something else, probably not.