TV-MA  5:16 pm September 15, 2009

Here Is Obama Saying A Word Only Grown-Ups Are Allowed To Say

by Jim Newell

Here’s audio of our President telling CNBC people that that rapper who said one lady’s music video was better than the other lady’s music video during an annual television special for 13-year-olds… is a “jackass.” Okay. [YouTube]

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Snarkalicious September 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Perhaps Matt Drudge will say this was Racially Motivated?

I-man September 15, 2009 at 5:20 pm

Obama acting Hugh Mann is reason enough to be suspicious.

facehead September 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm

TBH, I’d love to see Kayne in the next Jackass flick.

Yaybuls September 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm

You’re a gay fish, maaaan! Just get it, man!

american mutt September 15, 2009 at 5:26 pm

[re=411651]Yaybuls[/re]: I AINT NO GAY FISH!!… FUCK DAT!

Monk4135 September 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Awesome, simply awesome. I wish he could speak off the cuff more awesome…if only they had caught him off the record on Joe Wilson.

Monk4135 September 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

*more often…it would help if I could type.

spryte September 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm

Barack Obama does not care about black people.

Lionel Hutz Esq. September 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm

Obama called him a Socialist Muslin?

queeraselvis v 2.0 September 15, 2009 at 5:33 pm

Racist, obvs.

SayItWithWookies September 15, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Tell it like it is — Kanye is the Newt Gingrich of hip-hop. I don’t give a fuck about his opinion, either.

fishandvodka September 15, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Obama’s white part is clearly racist.

rocktonsammy September 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I smell another beer summit coming.

Extemporanus September 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm

You ain’t my bitch, jackass! Accept your own damn award!

facehead September 15, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Now I’ll never be able to wed my beloved drag queen tuna.

Downtheroadapiece September 15, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Honestly I don’t see why this is news. Anyone with a pulse and the capacity for any type of communication said the exact same thing after seeing that spectacle of drunken nonsense. Hell, Kanye’s mom would have said it too. If she weren’t dead of course.

S.Luggo September 15, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Hey, Kanye. It was a spontaneous display of emotion. Jackass.

George Will' September 15, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Where is Kayne’s birth certificate!?!?

One Yield Regular September 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

I can’t wait to see what Wee-Man does with this in the next film.

BklynIlluminati September 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Gay fish is going to re-write the health care bill

Brendan M. September 15, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Today, we are all jackasses (this is actually true, everyday).

slappypaddy September 15, 2009 at 5:54 pm

it’s a misunderstanding. barry means kanye is a democrat (or was acting like a democrat).

hey! put down that stick! i’m a democat! (and a jackass. jackasses of the world unite! you have nothing to lose but… well, you have nothing to lose.)

wheelie September 15, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Treat every mike as live, Barack, that’s the golden rule.

Except mike enzi. Senator be dead, in da head.


CaliforniaMike September 15, 2009 at 5:58 pm

“Jackass” is such a ’30s hillbilly word. He should have at least updated it to the ’70s and called him a “jagoff.”

shadowMark September 15, 2009 at 6:00 pm

We talked about this earlier. Is this really big news? Okay, now next year Taylor Swift will sing “Happy Birth-day Mister Pres-i-dent!” to our black guy leader and all the militia groups will riot…

hobospacejunkie September 15, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Kanye doesn’t get it. He’s a genius & the voice of a generation. Ain’t nothin’ but a gay fish.

DustBowlBlues September 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm

So, jackass is a bad word? I might have called Kanye a drunk, but jack ass will do. How meaningless. I would, however, like to know who the Democrats were who voted against rebuking Joe Wilson. Now that guy’s a real jack ass.

whiskey tango foxtrot September 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm

See in the broader context of this interview Obama is sorta calling Kanye a jackass, but he’s really secretly calling Joe Wilson a jackass. But whatever, he’s right on both counts.

Carl Spakler September 15, 2009 at 6:16 pm

“You lied, jackass, I’m going to stick this fucking tennis ball up your fucking ass, Beyonce had the best video.”

Oh..I get it, you have to string the week in dumbassetry together to get to the hidden message.

shortsshortsshorts September 15, 2009 at 6:17 pm

OT I know, but Is it possible that this Rush Limbaugh’s self-loathing is a result of being the product of a bi-racial love affair? I don’t know if it’s true, but is it possible?

Werefrog September 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Should have listened to George Carlin’s 700 Words You Can’t Say on TV When You’re the President, a little known companion to the more famous 7 Words You Can’t Say on TV.

desertwind September 15, 2009 at 6:19 pm

Barack, these people are not your friends.


These people are not your friends.

V572625694 September 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Good thing they didn’t ask him about Serena.

Pilate September 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm

[re=411671]Extemporanus[/re]: There are white folks, and then there are ignorant motherfuckers like you!

I love how even when he swears he sounds like a TOTAL NERD.

Gopherit September 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm

[re=411721]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: I’m not saying it’s true…….because I don’t know…..but if it were true, wouldn’t that mean that Rush was a member of the Acorn Army? Could all of his rantings be a way of discrediting Glenn Beck? IS. IT. POSSIBLE?

problemwithcaring September 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Kayne shoulda just flown a commercial jet liner over Radio City Music Hall to avenge Beyonce – he could make an entire city cry like little white girls.

Brendan M. September 15, 2009 at 6:27 pm

[re=411701]shadowMark[/re]: Actually, I read in an interview with Darren Black, son of the founder of Stormfront and oft-touted heir-apparent for David Duke, that he is a creepily over-the-top fan of Taylor Swift’s, so you are probably right.

slappypaddy September 15, 2009 at 6:33 pm

[re=411721]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: it is possible.

wheelie September 15, 2009 at 6:36 pm

[re=411727]V572625694[/re]: Typical elitist black people will tolerate their fancy-pants snooty tennis players threatening to murder line judges in their beds, but one poor black child from the Oak Lawn ghetto with Rapper’s Tourette’s speaks up for for Beyonce and he’s a jackass.

Where is the justice.

Pilate September 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm

[re=411727]V572625694[/re]: Who, Obama or Kanye? Cuz I know Kanye is looking for an ass like Serena’s. But she has to be financially independent.

Holding Out for a Hero September 15, 2009 at 6:41 pm

If Barry’s going to get into the inappropriate outburst business, he needs to take lessons from his COS. That should have been “Motherf**king jackass, motherfu**ker”.

ms_mcgee September 15, 2009 at 6:43 pm

[re=411670]rocktonsammy[/re]: No beer summit this time. From the looks of it, Kanye prefers Hennessy. Lots and lots of Hennessy.

bitchincamaro September 15, 2009 at 6:49 pm

Fuck Kanye. BO dissed PETA! “Remember the fly?” I hear a “Meat is Murder” rally, gathering.

aleks September 15, 2009 at 6:52 pm

Show me where the Constitution says the president has a role here. So now he’s Commander-in-Chief of stupid music awards?

V572625694 September 15, 2009 at 6:56 pm

[re=411736]slappypaddy[/re]: [re=411729]Gopherit[/re]: [re=411721]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: There’s no evidence it isn’t true. Just saying.

[re=411720]Carl Spakler[/re]: You got there sooner and funnier.

shadowMark September 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

[re=411732]Brendan M.[/re]: Oh great! I Googled “Stormfront Taylor Swift” and then went to some site and started reading about “negroes embarrassing that pretty taylor swift girl” and “mtv is all jewed up” and I freaked out and clicked away and cleared my browser history and restarted my computer and now for the next three days I’m going to be paranoid about Echelon or some such thing linking my computer to that weird-ass site. On the X-Files nothing good ever happened to people who see stuff like that…

Johnny Zhivago September 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm

[re=411759]shadowMark[/re]: Yeah, but you mentioned Eschelon here and now we’re ALL linked into your mistake.

MGBYG September 15, 2009 at 7:15 pm


Really, though, why can’t he be this frankly adult-like throughout the whole interview/presser and not be robot-man? Vulgarity used sparingly and appropriately is the way to speak to most people at once.

SomeNYGuy September 15, 2009 at 7:19 pm

[re=411721]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Not bi-racial; interspecies.

MGBYG September 15, 2009 at 7:31 pm

[re=411759]shadowMark[/re]: “Googled” and you think you are safe?

Where have you been the last 6 years?

See, Bush set up this little room in San Fransisco that all your, uh, inquiries go though and into huge metafilters and then stored under the appropriate sub-heading. “Wonkette” is surely a sub-heading. Hopey hasn’t stopped the fishing, sorry to say.

Aluminum foil is shinier than tin…

eastcoastliberal September 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I LOVE it! Right on. I don’t really care about what Kanye did but I love hearing BHO talking unscripted. Priceless.

Smoke Filled Roommate September 15, 2009 at 7:47 pm

You know he could catch a fly with chopsticks! He wouldn’t even have to wash on or wash off..

AxmxZ September 15, 2009 at 7:52 pm

[re=411775]eastcoastliberal[/re]: Ditto.

Athar September 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm

All I can say is: It will be a cold day in hell before this President gets another dime from the African-American community!

Carl Spakler September 15, 2009 at 7:53 pm

[re=411756]V572625694[/re]: Hey, it doesn’t happen to often…so I’m going to revel in the moment…

OK, as the boss would say: Moment’s over jackass, stop fucking off on the intertubes and get back to work!

Pilate September 15, 2009 at 8:13 pm

[re=411753]aleks[/re]: it’s below his pay grade.

[re=411764]Johnny Zhivago[/re]: [re=411759]shadowMark[/re]: Mail bomb. Fertilizer. Same-sex marriage. Nader for President!

BobTheBuilder September 15, 2009 at 8:14 pm

“Jackass” is the perfect putdown. You can’t say it without smiling, and it transcends all races, creeds, and backgrounds.

Limbaugh? Jackass.
Beck? Jackass?
Van Jones? Jackass.
Joe Wilson? Jackass.
Rev. Wright? Jackass.

Once again, our President is Perfection Personified.

ifthethunderdontgetya" September 15, 2009 at 8:23 pm

[re=411772]MGBYG[/re]: Is gay fish the heading for this thread?

Astrobastard September 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Nah, it’s just a South Park reference. Which is weird, because I thought parroting douchebag libertarians was a teabagger thing.

JoeMac September 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm

[re=411687]Brendan M.[/re]: I have to say Kanye is a jackass, but usually the reserve the term for people in a movie with their hand up an elephants ass or a tea bag republican

DoctorCulturae September 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm

All this really means is that with one word the President has disarmed the wingnuts from using the episode in their Last Gasp of Crackerdom festivities.

MGBYG September 15, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Jimmy’s pissed at his Southern brethren:

GreatOldOnesParty September 15, 2009 at 9:10 pm

[re=411700]CaliforniaMike[/re]: Barry could have called him “a Negroid with a Messiah complex”, but that would be the pot calling the kettle…
No. No, I won’t.

GreatOldOnesParty September 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm

[re=411732]Brendan M.[/re]: the future leader of a white supremactist group has the last name…Black?
Nothing to see here, folks. Move along.

Bruno September 15, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Eh, as long as he didn’t say jack off he’s fine.

BMK September 15, 2009 at 9:32 pm

This is like 10% Barney Frankness, but I still haz a raging woody.

SomeNYGuy September 15, 2009 at 9:34 pm

[re=411821]BMK[/re]: I prefer raging woody’s earlier, funnier work.

shadowMark September 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm

[re=411824]SomeNYGuy[/re]: Raging Woody and Rogue Tweet — When Pixar does the Wonkette movie those will be the two awkward, comic relief characters that go on to star in their own direct-to-DVD adventures.

lawrenceofthedesert September 15, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Kanye appeared dazed and confused making his apology on Jay Leno’s new show, which is Jay’s old show only earlier to get around the contract forced out of NBC by Conan’s agent. It’s a testament to West’s celebrity that the President called him a name, and he’ll be fine. As previously noted, “jagoff” would seem more apropos than “jackass,” since it is a particularly popular epithet on the streets of Chicago, where the President is from — but it’s usage there is mostly limited to working class Caucasians.

Vulpes82 September 15, 2009 at 11:25 pm

[re=411815]GreatOldOnesParty[/re]: It is a truism that those with the name “Black” are white, and those with the name “White” are black.

ifthethunderdontgetya" September 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm

[re=411848]Vulpes82[/re]: James White and the Blacks

P.S. El Calderon, part ii.

shortsshortsshorts September 15, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Rush Limbaugh was certainly not born out of an out of wed interracial combination, so can we just stop these rumors now please? While he hasn’t denied the experience, we shouldn’t push this against him. So unless any of you has any real evidence to the contrary, we should just wait for Limbaugh to speak for himself. These rumors are terrible, but why won’t Rush deny them?

jetjaguar September 16, 2009 at 12:29 am

SIGH. If only Kayne was white.

artbot2000 September 16, 2009 at 12:57 am

So who is this Kanye West guy? Is he somehow related to Glenn Beck? And what do they have to do with Echelon?

expatinOz September 16, 2009 at 1:27 am

I was going to make some sort of Kanye/Kenya anagram joke cuz I’m a word nerd but I honestly just don’t care enough. A jackass by any other name…

womanhattan September 16, 2009 at 1:34 am

Now I fully expect Rush to jump to Kanye’s defense, as he did with the Somali pirates killed by the navy under Obama’s orders.

(President Obama Ordered the Killing of Three Black Muslim Kids )

S.Luggo September 16, 2009 at 1:47 am

[re=411700]CaliforniaMike[/re]: One does not say ‘jagoff’ after teaching constitutional law at the University of Chicago. According to the Harvard Bluebook of ‘A Uniform System of Legal Citation’, the accepted term is “antonin”.

Thus it has been said, thus it is written.

LowerdPeninsula September 16, 2009 at 1:53 am

[re=411868]expatinOz[/re]: Damnit, I was about to make some Kanye-Kenya joke, and then you fucked it up by not even making a joke.

[re=411853]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Ahahaha!

expatinOz September 16, 2009 at 2:24 am

[re=411875]LowerdPeninsula[/re]: Sorry. I weep salty tears now.

idiot son of an asshole September 16, 2009 at 3:28 am

[re=411790]BobTheBuilder[/re]: Limbaugh is actually a fatass, and Beck is really a dumbass, with an emphasis on the first syllable.

idiot son of an asshole September 16, 2009 at 3:32 am

Obama could always just blame it on his teleprompterz.

Suds McKenzie September 16, 2009 at 3:57 am

[re=411884]idiot son of an asshole[/re]: Has Kanye lost his Tweet Cred?

bago September 16, 2009 at 4:00 am

[re=411721]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: You can be sure the beans and rice didn’t miss him.

bago September 16, 2009 at 4:03 am

I’m not black like Barry White but I am white like Clint Black is?

LowerdPeninsula September 16, 2009 at 4:10 am

[re=411888]bago[/re]: Then you are really white.

gurukalehuru September 16, 2009 at 6:29 am

[re=411721]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: As far as I know.

Larry McAwful September 16, 2009 at 8:28 am

Does this mean we’re soon going to see Kanye West on Glenn Beck sticking up for himself? And will Glenn Beck then say that hip hop is more of a “real American” style of music, and that he’s sick of these flaky, shallow country singers?

The world has gone mad. Keep it real, Glenn dawg.

Captain Swing September 16, 2009 at 9:28 am

The President called Kanye West a jackass – So did everybody else in known universe (except that clingy, creepy looking new girlfriend of his, of course). Pink even called him a piece of shit. Both POTUS and Her Royal Pinkness were merely stating the bloomin’ obvious. Like the policemen says- “Nothing to see here folks, just move on…”

I suppose I could add here that Lady Gaga deserved the damned award more than either Ms. Swift or Beyonce. This is merely a personal view however, which I do not intend to start wrenching microphones out of peoples’ hands to broadcast…

Min September 16, 2009 at 9:37 am

I second the motion and call the question.

Flanders September 16, 2009 at 9:54 am

[re=411879]expatinOz[/re]: No, eagle tears are what we weep around here.

LittlePig September 16, 2009 at 11:16 am

[re=411831]shadowMark[/re]: Pixar? Awesome! John Ratzenberger will be my voice!

revmod September 16, 2009 at 12:08 pm

[re=411790]BobTheBuilder[/re]: I love the use of the word “jackass”. It’s so ‘elderly curmudgeon’ of Barry. I can’t wait to see him out on the White House stoop, telling those birther protester kids to get off his lawn.

Anita Cocktail September 16, 2009 at 1:46 pm

[re=411751]bitchincamaro[/re]: I’m glad someone else noticed that — it was my favorite part. Or did he mean “pita” – isn’t he a Muslin?

Carly September 18, 2009 at 12:53 am

No Mr Obama…Don’t use such language……

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