The couples seem to be so fond of each other that we can’t help but daydream about secluded dinners between the high-profile pairs as they enjoy cocktails and engaging conversation.
Unfortunately, Kanye West is not invited.
In an article for The Atlantic, writer David Samuel explains at length about the brilliance– and tragedy– of West’s celebrity. But the focus doesn’t begin on the “All Falls Down” rapper, rather President Obama.
At a campaign fundraiser in January, Samuel grabbed the attention of the POTUS with one simple question: Kanye or Jay-Z?
The answer (excerpted)?
The president smiles. “Jay-Z,” he says, as if the answer should be obvious.
“Although I like Kanye,” Obama continues, with an easy smile. “He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented.” He is displaying his larger awareness of the question, looking relaxed, cerebral but friendly, alive to the moment, waiting for me to get to the heart of the matter.
“Even though you called him a jackass?” I ask. “He is a jackass,” Obama says, in his likable and perfectly balanced modern-professorial voice. “But he’s talented.”
How nice! Kind of.
Many remember Obama calling West a jackass after his “incident” with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, but West insists that he has nothing but respect for the President.