News: Jay-Z Wanted By President Obama
Monday, Oct 25, 2010 1:25PM
Rap mogul Jay-Z is reportedly being targeted by United States President Barack Obama to play a role in his 2012 re-election campaign.
According to reports, Jay is likely to be enlisted to aid Obama in a future campaign for Chief Executive Officer.
During his 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama relied heavily on mobilizing youth and connecting with the younger generations through speeches, ads and an online presence. Now, with an eye on his 2012 Presidential reelection campaign, there's been talk that Obama's camp may enlist the help of Jay-Z. "I can't believe you've finally heard the chatter about [Jay] replacing Larry Summers," Deputy White House Press Secretary William Burton joked with the New York Post. "In all seriousness, keep in mind he was pretty active during the 2008 election, so I don't think it'd surprise anyone that [Jay] would be involved again. But it's a little premature." (XXL Mag)
Jay's honorable celebrity image is reportedly another reason behind wanting his talents.
An insider says strategists feel comfortable with Jay-Z because he's a respectable celebrity who can reignite their message of hope. Jay-Z also seems to sing the same tune as Obama. Asked by Forbes what words will come to mind 50 years from now when people say Jay-Z, he rambled: "I hope to inspire . . . I guess Obama took this thing already, but just the hope of how far we can make it and the hope in knowing how far you can go from where you started if you really apply yourself and stay true to who you are." (New York Post)
Earlier this year, Jay revealed that he visited the White House during the winter season.
Jay-Z took advantage of his time in the Beltway on Wednesday to visit 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. "I just came from the White House," he told the audience at the Verizon Center on the Washington, D.C., stop of his Blueprint 3 tour. According to The Washington Post, Hov made the remark during the last minutes of his concert. Officials confirmed to the Post on Thursday (March 4) that President Barack Obama had indeed met with the Brooklyn MC and the pair chatted briefly. In an interview overseas last month, Jay-Z revealed that when he once called President Obama, he heard BP3 playing in the background. (MTV)
The rapper has also previously discussed President Obama's interest in his music.
Rapper Jay-Z said President Barack Obama was among his biggest fans and that he frequently played the artist's explicit tunes while exercising, it was reported Friday. The 10-time Grammy award winner said in an interview with U.K. broadcaster the BBC that the President enjoyed working up a sweat to the sounds of Jay-Z's latest album, Blueprint 3. "Barack loves hip hop. When I called him he was playing Blueprint in the gym," the star said. (My Fox)
Check out some recent Jay-Z footage down below: