President Barack Obama was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night and talked about everything from tweeting to aliens to student aid bill of rights to getting a late-night snack in his underpants to why Washington doesn’t work to long receipts to the tragic events in Ferguson.
The President also participated in Kimmel’s signature “Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets” skit. I know this is surprising, but yes, even the President of the United States gets 140-characters of negativity sent to him on Twitter. With his approval rating hovering below 50 percent, there is no shortage of criticism of the President, but he said that the Tweets were not as mean as “what the Senate says about me.”
The Commander in Chief got ripped for wearing “those” jeans, gray hair and higher beer prices. One person on Twitter said, “Somebody send Obama some tips how to be a good president. haha, like I bet that would help. lol.” To which Obama retorted, “The LOL is redundant when you had the haha.”
A few days ago, Kanye West did some presidential name-dropping during his speaking engagement at Oxford University, “I understand that I’m a servant. And with my voice, with my ability to build relationships with amazing people, speak to amazing people… Call Elon Musk out of the blue or call Obama out of the blue… he calls the home phone, by the way.” Which was surprising since the President called Kanye West a “jackass” in 2009. Kimmel asked the President if he does indeed call the West household to which Obama responded, “I’ve met Kanye twice, the first time was when I was a senator and he was with his mom. He’d just gotten big. He’s from Chicago, so they wanted to meet, and he was very soft-spoken and very gracious. He was a young guy, and hadn’t quite come into his own. And about six months ago, he came to an event and, look, I love his music and he’s incredibly creative. I don’t think I’ve got his home number.”
So there you have it, Barack Obama doesn’t just randomly call Kanye for advice on the Ukrainian situation. He did however say, “I do love his music though. He’s terrific.”