More than two years after President Obama skewered Kanye West for stealing Taylor Swift’s thunder, he’s still calling the rapper a — “jackass.” In the May issue of The Atlantic, the president says he prefers Jay-Z over Kanye:

“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.”

 

When Kanye interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, Obama called him a “jackass” in a CNBC interview.

 

“I thought that was really inappropriate.

 

You know it was like she’s getting an award — why are you butting in?” he said.

 

“The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She’s getting her award. What’s he doing up there? He’s a jackass.”

Rumors have been spreading all over the internet about Michelle Obama banning actress Kerry Washington from the White House because she it ‘too flirty’ with the President are false. The First Lady was said to have a ‘watch list’ of women that were to be kept away from her 50-year-old husband – but it’s a story one White House official claims it totally false.

According to an article in the National Enquirer, Mrs Obama, 48, planned to keep the actress at arm’s length – despite Miss Washington’s honorary post on the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. It was claimed that the First Lady has banned actress Kerry Washington from the White House because she flirts with the President.

An White House official told MailOnline that the story is ‘100 per cent false’. Kerry Washington, 35, is a keen Democrat and campaigned for Obama in the 2008 president race.
There were striking parallels between the explosive claims and Miss Washington’s latest role in a new ABC series called Scandal.

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