When President George W. Bush admitted his feelings were hurt by Kanye West, we understood. No one is likely to forget the guy who calls you a racist who hates black people. But now, as a result of being put on the spot on a morning radio show, President Bill Clinton had a surprisingly knowledgeable response when asked what he thought about Lil’ Wayne, who is leaving prison tomorrow. For two presidents to have an opinion on famous rappers in one day is just plain weird, right? (We won’t even get into the other news about the famous rapper who wants to become president, ahem, Jay-Z.)
President Clinton held his own after the disc jockey’s at Pittsburgh’s KISS 96.1 FM asked him to comment on Lil’ Wayne’s release from prison tomorrow. Now, if this was our sixty-something father, the response would be “Lil’ who?”, but Clinton actually gave a good answer, saying:
I know this is kind of a funny question for you to ask me. But I thinkÃ¢â‚¬â€you know, my daughter introduced me to rap and hip-hop music after I said some things she thought were not very smart. She said, “Dad, you need to listen, all these people are smart.” This guy’s smart. And he’s got abilities. And he’s got a new chance now. And what I hope is that this is not just something to brand him as a cool guy, but that it’ll never happen again to him. You know, I think a lot of these people, they don’t get successful in thatÃ¢â‚¬â€just like in any other area of lifeÃ¢â‚¬â€by being really dumb. They’re really smart. But a lot of them had tough lives and they almost think it’s cool to get in trouble every now and then, or they don’t know how to stay out. But what I hope will happen is that he has a good life now.
Our presidents actually have more of a handle on pop cultureÃ‚Â than we thought.