President Barack Obama and Kanye West appeared at a fundraiser in San Francisco Saturday morning, and Obama seized the opportunity to remark upon West’s plans to run for president, which he announced at MTV’s Video Music Awards in August.
“In a little while you are going to hear from a guy who is thinking about getting into politics,” Obama said to a packed house at San Francisco’s historic Warfield Theater.
“It couldn’t get any stranger,” the president continued, before offereing the rapper some advice “in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing, or, as Kanye calls it, ‘peezy.'”
“You’ve got to deal with strange characters who behave as if they are on a reality TV show,” Obama said. “Saying you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy — that’s what’s known as off-message in politics,” he joked, referring to West’s blockbuster 2010 album “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” “You can’t say something like that. There are a lot of people who have lost their congressional seats saying things like that.”
And POTUS’ jokes didn’t stop there. “Do you really think this country is going to elect a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the U.S.?” he said.
Obama travels to Los Angeles Saturday evening for three fundraisers, including one at the home of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director JJ Abrams and another where Jamie Foxx will perform.