The President Speaks Out About Kanye West
I think most people probably know by now what happened with Kanye West at MTV’s video music awards. Well, if you don’t: Taylor Swift won an award that Beyonce was also nominated for. During her acceptance speech, West went up on the stage, took the mic and said Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time…blah, blah, blah. Swift was obviously shook up and they had to go to a break.
Since this “incident”, West has reportedly reflected on his actions and said something about needing some time off. Whatever! This is coming from someone with a track of arrogance and attention grabbing. I guess it isn’t enough to sell millions of records and make millions of dollars – West has to be the center of attention plus have his opinion override those who decide who wins awards.
Following thiss, some of ABC’s employees overheard a conversation between the president and CNBC’s John Harwood and didn’t realize it was considered off the record. Well, off the record Obama called West a jackass for his actions – something few, if any, would disagree with. 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 (Bauder, 2009).
Here is how the conversation went:
“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.”
Good on you (ABC and CNBC) for saving money. A huge foul for listening in and using it. And how do you think this whole thing got out?
Some ABC employees used big, bad, Twitter – and the rest is history. Why is twitter always involved in these kinds of scandals? We have gone from a society that could safely leave our front doors open (unlocked) to a society that needs to lock our lips 24/7. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are at, someone has the capability to instantly blast your actions and/or words to the entire world. Isn’t it normal for something that has the possibility to break new ground and force change to be used innappropriately at times. [shrug] Oh well.
One thing I like about this situation is the fact that Obama is starting to add some ruff edges to his charismatic personality. We are at war with other countries, at war with our economy and in many ways at war with one another. I don’t want a president that is too nice. That is one thing I can say about Bush, it didn’t matter if it was to protect the family business 😀 or find some imaginary weapons of mass destruction – he didn’t mind getting grimey and sending some people to kick some….Then again, he had some Texas crude caught in his throat when the “refugees” needed him in New Orleans.