Kudos To Obama For Accurately Describing Kanye West

I am a conservative, a Republican, and am proud to call myself a critic of virtually everything President Obama does.

But when a man tells it like it is, I’m willing to stand with him.

And Barack Obama told it like it was when he called Kanye West a “jackass” the other night.

President’s opinion of Kanye West sparks debate

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer David Bauder, Ap Television Writer

NEW YORK – President Barack Obama’s candid thoughts about Kanye West are provoking a debate over standards of journalism in the Twitter age.

ABC News says it was wrong for its employees to tweet that Obama had called West a “jackass” for the rapper’s treatment of country singer Taylor Swift. The network said some of its employees had overheard a conversation between the president and CNBC’s John Harwood and didn’t realize it was considered off the record.

The network apologized to the White House and CNBC.

Harwood had sat down with the president to tape an interview following his appearance on Wall Street on Monday. Although they are competitors, CNBC and ABC share a fiber optic line to save money, and this enabled some ABC employees to listen in on the interview as it was being taped for later use.

Their attention was drawn to chatter about West, who was widely criticized for interrupting Swift as she accepted an award at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to say that Beyonce deserved it.

During what sounds like informal banter before the interview begins, Obama is asked whether his daughters were annoyed by West’s hijacking of Swift’s acceptance statement, according to an audio copy that was posted on TMZ.com.

“I thought that was really inappropriate,” Obama says. “What are you butting in (for)? … The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She’s getting her award. What’s he doing up there?”

A questioner chimes in, “Why would he do it?”

“He’s a jackass,” Obama replies, which is met with laughter from several people.

The president seems to quickly realize he may have gone too far, and jovially appeals to those assembled that the remark be kept private. “Come on guys,” he says. “Cut the president some slack. I’ve got a lot of other stuff on my plate.”

E-mails shot around among ABC employees about Obama’s comments, said Jeffrey Schneider, ABC News spokesman. Before anything was reported on ABC’s air or Web site, at least three network employees took to Twitter to spread the news.

One was Terry Moran, a former White House correspondent. He logged on to Twitter and typed: “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a ‘jackass’ for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.”

When ABC News authorities found out about it, they had the tweets deleted after about an hour, Schneider said. Moran declined a request to comment.

Now, I can’t help but ask if ANY of the mainline journalists would have stumbled over themselves to erase traces of a hasty, off-the-cuff, and potentially embarassing remark by, let’s say, President George W. Bush.

I just don’t see the ABC authorities coming around and saying, “The President wants us to do WHAT?  Well, of course!  His wish is our command” if said president’s hankies born the gold-threaded initials “GWB.”  Or for that matter “GHWB” or “RWR.”

So, I might dump on the media over this matter, but not Barack Obama.

Kanye West is a jackass.  What’s more, Kanye West has been a jackass for years.  He was certainly a jackass when he said that President Bush didn’t care about black people during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

If someone else wants to condemn Obama’s comment as being “unpresidential,” that’s their business.  It’s quite possible that many of our previous presidents would have caught themselves before making such a comment in front of the public.  But this is one conservative who applauds Barack Obama for taking the side of truth (at least this one time) and showing some well-merited outrage over some truly loathsome conduct.

I’m sure I’ll be shooting at you soon, Barry.  But, tonight, I got your back on this one.

And if you were watching that program with your daughters, and you were thinking like a father when Kanye West snatched that microphone away from a young Taylor Swift, then even MORE kudos to you.

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9 Responses to “Kudos To Obama For Accurately Describing Kanye West”

  1. Dindy Says:

    Good for Obama! And thank you for your kudos to him.

  2. Michael Eden Says:

    Dindy,
    I think it is up to everyone to be sincere.

    If we oppose our ideological opponents simply for the sake of opposing them and sticking the knife in just because we can, we’re ALL lost. At some point, somewhere, there HAS to be some kind of search for common ground.

    I have no intention of abandoning what I believe and think is right. I will fight for those beliefs. But that doesn’t mean I need to be rabid. When your opponents do good, praise them for it. Who knows? Perhaps it will encourage them to do it again!

    I hope Obama bonded with 17-yr old Taylor Swift because he’s a father and he wouldn’t want to see his daughters treated the way Kanye treated Taylor. It conveys a sense of humanity that I hadn’t previously seen in Obama.

    On an unrelated issue (to Kanye West and Taylor Swift), I actually found myself pleasantly surprised when Barney Frank of all people said opposed the censure. While he could have done more than vote “present,” at least he took a public stand for free speech and common sense when it didn’t appear he needed to do so to save his own political arse. I never thought I’d do this, but I’ll grudgingly give Frank credit, too.

    I hope both men pleasantly surprise me again. And I will try to give them credit if and when they do.

  3. hl Says:

    When I read what Obama said about Kanye I thought, ‘He’s got it right on this point!”

    Michael, your mom had been on my heart a lot the past few days, how is she coming along?

  4. Michael Eden Says:

    HL,
    Mom seems to be doing fine. Her potassium level has been borderline high throughout her treatment, and was high the last time she saw the doctor following the end of radiation. I’d appreciate your prayers for her potassium level and her general health. But she seems to be doing well. She hadn’t been able to go to church for months (to limit her exposure to infection), but she went last Sunday for the first time. She said it was like being with family.

    Re: the Obama comment about Kanye. The first time I heard he’d called Kanye a jackass, I thought, “well, good!”

    When I saw it written up, with the reporter’s comment, “How presidential!”, I realized this was a teachable moment. Terry Moran (who has been one of the few good reporters for the most part) had a point: in our slick media packaging age, probably none of our previous presidents would have “let their hair out” like that. Moran HANDED me a weapon to attack Obama with. We could go after Obama as sacrificing presidential decorum the way liberals went after Bush for “sacrificing American prestige.” as one example. That was a made-up attack; have you seen any evidence that Obama has regained all this lost prestige, other than polls which were largely self-fulfilling crap anyway?

    I don’t expect the president to go around offering such commentary about an individual idiot very often, but in this case, I’m glad Obama offered that. I agreed with him.

    If we all give one another credit where credit is due, instead of blasting each other every time an opportunity presents itself, we could turn a lot of the bitterness in this country around. I haven’t seen that behavior modeled by the left for YEARS now, but I figured I’d take a shot trying it.

  5. Rick Says:

    I totally agree. I don’t frequently (or really ever) use the word jackass, but I’m glad that President called a spade a spade. Honestly, I never thought it would have come up as a question for Barack, but if you would have asked me Monday what I thought his answer to the question would be, I would have said he would just dance around the issue. With me, it’s not really a matter of proving that he is human, I already know that. I think might do some good in showing the masses that we don’t have to be politically correct 100% of the time.

    Great blog! I’ve bookmarked it and I’ll be back.

    Rick
    http://theconservativejournal.wordpress.com

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    When someone is your opponent, it is easy to just keep your mouth shut and let him twist in the wind when he does something that YOU support but his own side doesn’t. But we should be willing to support a president – because like it or not he IS the president of the USA – when he does something we approve of.

    Obama knew as soon as he said the “jackass” comment that he was susceptible to being attacked. Which is why he begged the media not to carry it.

    Whether it flies in the face of “presidential decorum” or not, what Kanye West did was the act of a jackass. Frankly, I’m glad, if not even surprised, that Obama saw that. And I’ll give him credit.

  7. Bill Bartmann Says:

    Great site…keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks,

    A definite great read…:)

  8. mxo Says:

    Mr president i give you credit for that one..u got it right…boo that jackass!!

  9. Michael Eden Says:

    I hope that the word “jackass” is forevermore associated with the Kanye West brand.

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