Obama called Kayne West a Jack@$$

@mzz663 (2773)
United States
September 16, 2009 9:12am CST
While preparing for an interview, Obama called Kayne West a jack@$$ for interrupting Taylor Swift's moment on stage after receiving her first award. I have to agree, while west is a jack@$$, should obama have said that while being recorded? Does he say things about people just because he's being himself or does he do it for attention, the shock value it has hearing a president talk like this? He is to a role model, whether he wants to be or not and our kids hear him talk, they let the kids listen to his speeches at school. When the kids start going home using words like jack@$$ because they heard the president use words like that, how are they supposed to learn that the president is supposed to have their respect and how can he get anyone else's? Here's the link where kayne is a jack@$$ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imD_E5DRRx8&NR=1 and here is the one where obama calls him one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyglxdIi4ko
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18 responses
• United States
17 Sep 09
No shame in Obama calling Kanye West a "jackass" because it is true. What he did to Taylor Swift was terrible, and if the president calls you a "jackass", then you are an offical "@$$hole". The president knows what it is like to have someone interrupt his speech. I cannot say that I blame him for calling West a "jackass".
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
17 Sep 09
The president did not know that he was being recorded so no...didn't do it for attention at all. He was in the midst of an interview so one can assume that he was asked his thoughts on this. What was the interview about anyway. Kanye was a jackass....it is not a swear word. He earned the title
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• United States
17 Sep 09
Well, there's nothing I can say that everyone else hasn't said. It was supposed to be an off-the-record comment and it was leaked. Things like that are to be expected. People are beginning to forget that presidents are people too--with personal opinions that are not always popular or even politically correct. Gasp! As for kids who hear it, hahahahaha. Kids are almost completely desensitized by age ten. I'm a law-abiding 22 year old taxpayer. I said my first dirty word when I was six. I'd heard many more before then, even from people I looked up to. I learned right from wrong and decided things for myself. Come on, really? Even Bush has been documented cursing.
@tdemex (3545)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Well he's calling em as he see em! That's not a bad word by the way! LOL! It's far better than the F-- bomb others have used! tdemex
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@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Okay, so if all the kids in schools that are watching Obama, and hear this it's okay for them all to run around calling each other a jackass because the president uses that word? He's not making a southpark cartoon. On or off the record....he was taped and recorded.
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@tdemex (3545)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Well I realize the Right Thinkers have their kids watch Fox news, cause their far and balanced. But my grand-kids only go by what the parents teach them, if hate the pres. and then copy his words is what you teach them then I truly feel sorry for you! tdemex I Feel The Love!
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@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
16 Sep 09
It's not what the kids watch at home, it's what they watch in school. The schools broadcast the president and his speeches and the kids are left watching and listening. Feel sorry for me all you want, I like the attention!
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• United States
16 Sep 09
I'm so tired of people using the kids card what the f they hear other people saying bad words all the time obama is notthe first one to use that word. Yes he is the presadiet but the freedon of spech rule gose for every one even him. Jackass is not even that bad. stuped useing other people to rise every ones kids. There are woset thngs on tv then what he said.
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@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
16 Sep 09
True persona, but that wasn't even what this conversation was about, it turned into what someone else wanted it to be. The kids card...had nothing to do with it.....it was if the president thinks before he speaks and if he can get any respect by using words like "jackass" and "stupidly"
• United States
16 Sep 09
i didn't say thats what its was about when i say useing the kids card it means what your doing. when he said that they were just talking is wasn't even saposd to be recording he it like even one else talk nice and stuf in pubilc and say the real thing.
@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Whether they were s'posed to be recording or not, they were, in fact doing their job as reporters....what did he think they were going to do? Become his best friend and keep it a secret? Is there a reason the pres of the us should be using words like stupidly and jackass? He's s'posed to be the nations leader. What kind of respect can you give someone that uses those words without a thought? No matter what he does or what he says, there is always going to be someone around to hear him and if it happens to be a reporter, they're going to report it. He knew this before he became the pres and he really should think before he speaks.
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
17 Sep 09
While I agree that Kayne's behavior was rude and boorish, the President should not be using such words aside from the privacy of his own home. He spoke the truth, for once! But I've heard that he thought it was off the record so nobody should have heard it. I don't want to muzzle the press or anything, but they could use a bit of decorum and respect for the office and say that "he strongly disapproved of Kayne's lack of good manners and sportsmanship" and the example it sets for our young folks. For once, I agree with my president!
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I don't think that it is a big deal that the president called Kanye that. It just goes to show that he's a real person.
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@nijolechu (1845)
• Canada
17 Sep 09
Everyone does have an opinion on what Kanye did. I think everyone is pretty much entitled to their opinion. I don't think the word jackass is a bad or curse word because they say it all the time on T.V. I think what Kanye did was wrong too.
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@cyrus123 (6364)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I don't like Obama, anyway. I agree with him in this case but he didn't have to use this word on air. He could have expressed it in a different way. I like Taylor Swift, myself, but no matter whether I like her or not, it was inappropriate for Kayne West to butt in like that. We're all going to have our own opinions but I'm sure Taylor worked very hard for that award and she deserves it. Kathy.
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@PeacefulWmn9 (10424)
• United States
17 Sep 09
Hi Mzz. I am sure President Obama, if he said this, did not do it for shock value, but that he was just stating a plain truth. He would not do so in front of children. He is a gentleman. Jacka$$ is not a terrible word. A$$, in the Bible, refers to an animal noted for its stubborness, for its obstinate behavior, so I see nothing so wrong with that compared to what MR. West did. My opinion, of course :) Karen
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@busybren (258)
• United States
16 Sep 09
AWESOME!!! That's funny!!! Ok so here it is... President or not, he's still a person like you and I, he still have an opinion like you and I and he still wants to be heard just like you and I. HOWEVER he still is a person with a high ranking and he should ALWAYS remember that he is a role model to billions! That's f**ked up for him to say that, because people are looking TO HIM for the next step. In my opinion he should be more focused and concerned on how he isn't going to f**k us in the next few years.
@busybren (258)
• United States
16 Sep 09
By the way.... I didn't steal your line "awesome, funny ok here it is..." etc. LoL I just really felt that way :P
@busybren (258)
• United States
16 Sep 09
Hmmm, I sure wish we could erase comments if there were wording errors or something, because I just realized that I was reading two different things. Pretend you don't see the second comment lol Thx
@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
17 Sep 09
What second comment?
@artistry (4153)
• United States
16 Sep 09
...Hi, I think I heard that the president's remark was supposed to be off the record. At any rate no reporter or interviewer could resist making headline news like that. "The President said what"? O.K., he said it, on or off the record, not a nice thing to hear that the President of the United States said about you, but what Kayne did was stupid and he did act like a jackbunny. At first I thought it was a planned stunt, but when I watched the Jay Leno show and Jay asked Kanya what would his mother have said if she were alive and Kanya got very emotional, I am thinking now that he did it on impulse. It was not something he should have done, impulse or not, if another person grabbed his microphone while he was accepting an award, he would be ready to fight. Grow up Kanya or at least get some discipline.
@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
16 Sep 09
His remark was supposed to be off the record, but what was he expecting when he said it to reporters?! As for Kanye, I think he needs to get off the bottle, he did the same thing before and no one has had much to say to him until now....I'm guessing a possible publicity stunt for both kanye and taylor....even if it wasn't, it worked!
@trisha27 (3495)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I totally agree with obama first that Kanye West is a jackass, for interrupting the lady and her speech for excepting her award. Was it right for him to say, nope it wasn't. He's supposed to be setting an example for America. It doesn't matter that it was done in the privacy off cameras or not, because, he shouldn't have said it and well if he didn't want it to come out, well Mr President watch what you say because it is bound to come out one way or another and in this case this one thing that he said did come out.
@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
16 Sep 09
West is a jackass, he's done the same thing before and you would think he would learn from his mistakes or that someone would say "no, we don't want you here." and as far as mr. obama goes, he should learn to handle situations a little better....using words like stupidly and jackass don't seem to be getting him any respect and that's what his job requires.
@Tantrums (949)
• Philippines
16 Sep 09
Well, I must say, the president was very frank... too frank for his position. But anyway, now even Obama called Kanye a Jackass... hahaha!
@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
16 Sep 09
You're right tantrums! and kayne is a jackass!
• Malaysia
16 Sep 09
Well, I think Obama took a calculated risk here. He was showing his disgust for that beast of a man. I would be most ashamed to be his President. If that has happened in my country he would be barred from public performances.Public apologies are the vogue in Malaysia. Kanye would have all kinds of police reports filed against him and soon he may even feel the long arm of the law if their is criminal intent in what he did.
@mzz663 (2773)
• United States
16 Sep 09
He didn't have to show anything, he should have just said he didn't know the whole situation and went on with the business at hand. He seems to speak before he thinks of what he's saying. I do think Kayne has some apologies to make but they won't be forced. I guess this is what you get when you give someone a bottle of henessy....and set them loose in public.
@oneidmnster (1387)
• United States
16 Sep 09
I don't like Obama as President!!!But,he has a right to his opinion.I don't see what the big deal is. I have a better question.Why does MTV have a music video awards show,when they haven't really shown music videos in years?
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
10 Apr 10
While I think that what West did was rude and stupid, I think the president should be a more mature than to call him names like that especially if he's being recorded. After all, like you said, he is a role model. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
• Canada
18 Sep 09
Sounds like Obama's not afraid to "call s spade a spade" as the English (American?) expression goes. If someone was genuinely acting like a jack$##, then I think Obama was just being honest. Afterall, there are lots of other things he could have called this person that would have been considered a lot worse.