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Kanye West: The presidential bashing just keeps coming

First it was President Obama, who made headlines with his blunt assessment of Kanye West's boorish behavior at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, calling the hip-hop star a "jackass." (Even though there was an orgy of hand-wringing in media circles about whether ABC's Terry Moran should have Twittered the president's off-the-record quip, I always thought the real story was -- what is Obama doing watching the hopelessly tacky VMAs in the first place?)

West But now Kanye is in trouble with another Oval Office occupant, former President Jimmy Carter, who, speaking at a town hall meeting at Emory University, called West's behavior "completely uncalled-for" and, showing off a surprisingly dry sense of humor, added that "his punishment was to appear on the new Jay Leno show."

I'm betting that before the week is over, our other living ex-presidents will feel obligated to comment on the controversy in their own special way:

George W. Bush: "Kanye West? Isn't that the guy who wrote 'My Pet Goat?' "

Bill Clinton: "I don't know about Kanye, but I sure would like to have some hush puppies with Amber Rose." 

George H. W. Bush: "Never read 'My Pet Goat,' but I think a just punishment for Mr. West would be to read the damn book on 'Oprah' and see if he ever has any street cred afterward."

Photo: Kayne West. Credit: Jason Szenes / European Pressphoto Agency.

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"his punishment was to appear on the new Jay Leno show"


J.C. is the man!

Kanye West needs attention and is nothing but a loser. It's really sad that people think this jerk has talent.

Geewizz, my neighbor's dog has more talent than this LOSER Kanye will ever have.

Vome on America and wake up! This man has ZERO TALENT!

My president said it all. His descriptor of Kanye was "spot on" as the Brits say.

I agree with Mike. Stick to the facts, Mr. Goldstein. You're no comedian.

Let's move on. Please! This is old hat.

Kanye, Jimma Carter must be a racist to have critized you for the boorish behavior. You should smack down that peanut brain next time you go on TV...We must stamp out racism!!...JD

Let's not forget that the President is also a father. So, he may have heard about it from his children, or like I did from all the fuss.

haayyyyyy pendejo!!!!

Didnt Obama meet with Kanye shortly after his inaguaration?

Articles like this one remind me why I called you the "Best Third-Rate, Unfunny Pompous Reporter Who's Never Been Acknowledged by His Peers"

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