We guess that when you’re the president, you’re really expected to have an opinion on everything, even if it’s completely unrelated to, say, the upcoming presidential elections which are less than a month away. Reality TV judging feuds aren’t even off limits.
Obama was recently asked for his input on the beef between “American Idol” judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and he had pretty positive thoughts. During a phone interview on “The Yo Show,” Miami radio host Michael actually dedicated a question to finding out what Obama thought about the feud.
“I think that they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident,” the president responded. “I’m all about bringing people together, working for the same cause. I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they’re moving forward and not going backwards.”
Fans have certainly chosen sides in this feud, and while Obama is ever the diplomat, he does have a favorite of the two artists. “Mariah, she’s actually done some events for us,” he admitted. “Nicki, I don’t know, but I’ve got her on my iPod.” It’s almost surprising that Obama hasn’t had a chance to meet Nicki Minaj at this point, since he seems to be commenting on her antics fairly often.
A couple months ago, Obama was asked to weigh in on the lyrics in Minaj’s “Mercy” freestyle, where she jokingly rapped about throwing her support behind Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “I’m not sure that’s actually what happened,” Obama replied, when asked if he’d heard that Minaj might vote for Romney. “I think she had a song on there, a little rap that said that, but she likes to play different characters. So I don’t know what’s going on there.”
The stars of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” later had Obama’s “Anger Translator” Luther explain how the president really felt about the Romney line.