Barack Obama gives Kanye West some presidential advice

The President of the United States gets real with the rapper, but not without poking fun at himself

By Andrea Tim | Published: 12 Oct 2015

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Barack Obama has finally spoken about Kanye West's 2020 presidential candicacy. During the Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco last Saturday, the US President took the opportunity to mention the rapper in his speech.

"A little bit later, you're gonna hear from a guy who I hear has been talking about launching a potential political career," he said, referring to Kanye, who was slated to perform after Obama's speech.

"You may have heard about this. Kanye is thinking about running for speaker of the House," he joked. "It couldn't get any stranger."

"But in case he's serious about this whole POTUS thing, or as he calls it, 'Peezy,' I do have some advice for him. Just some stuff that I've picked up on the way," Obama added. "First of all, you gotta spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they're on a reality TV show. So you've just got to be cool with that."

Is this is the second time we've heard a shot taken at the Kardashians today?

"Second – this is the second important tip – saying you have a beautiful, dark, twisted fantasy, that's what's known as off-message in politics," he continued, making a reference to Kanye's fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. "You can't say something like that. A lot of people have lost their congressional seats saying things like that. You don't do that."

Just some background information before we get to the third piece of advice: most of Obama's early career in law and teaching was spent in Chicago, and he was also elected as U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2005. Kanye was raised in Chicago.

"Number three, do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States? That is crazy!"

You get an A for irony, Mr. President.

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