The list of celebrity names at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner (hosted by Jimmy Kimmel) on Saturday night (April 28) read like an awards show afterparty, but the rapper who got a shout out during President Obama’s speech wasn’t even in attendance. During his humorous minutes on the mic, Obama made his taste for Young Jeezy’s music known by admitting he sings the Snowman’s songs to his wife.
“In my first term I sang Al Green. In my second term, I’m going with Young Jeezy,” President Obama joked, addressing his wife Michelle Obama, when he added, “I sing that to her sometimes.”
Jeezy was pleased to hear that President Obama was a fan, replying to the POTUS on Twitter. “Shout out to @BarackObama,” he wrote, “You know they love the snowman in the white house.” We wonder if Obama became a devoted fan after Jeezy released the track “My President” to celebrate his campaign back in 2008.
During an interview with The Atlantic last month President Obama was asked to pick a favorite between Jay-Z and Kanye West, and Hov was the easier winner. “Jay-Z.” After confirming that his favorite Throne MC is Hov, the ever-diplomatic Obama threw in a few nice comments about ‘Ye. “Although I like Kanye. He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He’s very talented,” the president said.
The interviewer didn’t let the subject drop without mentioning that President Obama once referred to Kanye as a “jackass” when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s VMA speech, but Obama didn’t shy away from the comment. “He is a jackass,” Obama replied, with a perfectly even voice. “But he’s talented.”