This just in:
President Obama calls Kanye West a jackass. Later today, he will also announce that the sky is blue. Stay tuned.
Members of the press immediately jumped on said comment, though it was made in a traditionally thought of “off the record” timeframe and was bloody obviously not intended for general public consumption. My issue here is NOT in defense of a Democratic leader. My concern is that I do not want a President who feels that he is never, ever allowed to say or feel what the average American says or feels when he is simply relating to the average American on a such a question. Is he held to a higher standard? Of course. But one reporter commented sarcastically in his Twitter, “now THAT was Presidential.” Excuse me? Are you telling me that it was Nobel Prize-winning journalism to even ASK the PRESIDENT about why Kanye West snatched the microphone from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech at an MTV Video Music Awards function? I’m pretty sure you had no intent on airing the question and his response in the first place because it was small talk, not news. Had his response been something that could have endangered the American people, then fine, that is news, but, Mr. Former White House Correspondent, you should have been around Washington long enough to know that the place is built on relationships and a very intricate balancing act of trust and confidences. You just burned your bridge –MY bridge — over THAT? You’re an idiot. And I’d be saying the same thing no matter who the President was (and have the history to back that up).
I want my President HUMAN. I want my President ACCESSIBLE. That’s the entire reason the news pool was moved into the White House in the first place when it had previously been exiled across the street, which, by the by, was a President’s decision. Journalism is supposed to be my conduit to the White House and Congress – the people that *I* have put in charge of my country; stop thinking you’re so damned high and mighty and “reporting” meaningless garbage. This is right up there with a President who doesn’t like rutabaga, some idiot deciding to report it, and when rutabaga sales are down, the President is blamed.
Americans are dying – of cancer and poverty and addiction and gunfire, at home and abroad. Pay attention to what matters.
And totally on the record? KANYE WEST IS A JACKASS.