President Barack Obama has offered up some words of wisdom and advice for presidential hopeful Kanye West at the Democratic National Committee this weekend.
At the publicized event, President Obama joked about Ye’s run at the presidency.
“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,” Obama quipped. “You’re going to hear from a guy who I hear is talking about launching a potential political career. Kanye is thinking about running for… Speaker of the House. … Couldn’t get any stranger, but in case Kanye’s serious about this whole POTUS thing – or as he calls it, ‘Peezy’ – I do have some advice for him. There’s some stuff I picked up along the way.” (Rolling Stone)
President Obama also gave out some tips for Ye to become head of state.
“First of all, you got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they’re on a reality TV show,” Obama continued, a jab at Keeping Up With the Kardashians. “Second important tip: Saying that you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy? That’s what’s known as off-message in politics. You can’t say something like that. A lot of people have lost their congressional seats saying things like that.” (Rolling Stone)
Recently, Kanye’s celebrity wife Kim Kardashian West talked about his run for the presidency.
“I believe he is serious and I know if he puts his mind to something he’ll do his best… it’s been fascinating just hearing all of the conversations that have gone on since that announcement,” Kim said. “I don’t know if that was planned and I just didn’t know about it or if he came up with that idea right then and there.” (“Ellen”)
Last month, Republican candidate Ben Carson spoke on Kanye’s intent to run for president.
“I did have an opportunity to talk with him. I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business. I talked to him about the possibility of maybe himself and some of the other people in pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society.” (“This Week”)