Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Obama's "Jackass" Remark.

Obama has called Kanye West a "jackass" before conducting an interview with CNBC.

QUESTION: 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. What are you butting in? I hear you. I agree with you.

ROBERT GIBBS: John, 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?

QUESTION: Why would he even do that?

OBAMA: He's a jackass. (Laughter.)
I think anyone who saw the video would agree that Kayne West behaved like a Jackass, but this does raise another point, as a commenter to Time Magazine eloquently pointed out:

Also, I'd like to repeat an earlier question, why was Obama even asked about Kayne's outburst? Does every black public figure have to apologize for the misbehavior of any black celebrity? Is this some heretofore unwritten job title?

Eventually folks might start to think that's pretty racist. So either you folks will stop adding such job titles *or* you'll add such job titles to non-black public figures. Suddenly Hillary Clinton will have to answer for Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton's transgressions. Gordon Brown will have to apologize for Russell Brand and Hugh Grant. John Bohner will have to apologize for Nick Nolte and Sean Penn?

It's a good point. Why are they even asking Obama about this guy's bad behaviour?

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