Recently, in an interview Obama said he prefers Jay-Z's music more than he liked Kanye West's music. Back when Kanye made headlines by grabbing the microphone from Taylor Swift, Obama called him a jackass. That time and his more recent comments about Kanye West reminded me of a time, not too long ago where he attacked Matt Damon and said his movie "The Adjustment Bureau" wasn't very good.
What do these comments and actions say about Obama? They speak volumes about his character and the state of our country. Ideally our president should be above making comments like this. He should be the guy that finds the good in everybody and seeks to uplift all of mankind, not the guy that makes small verbal attacks towards artists. Regardless of political preferences like political party or ideology, the President of the United States should find the high road and not get into these small matters. It's very high school of him to do. Matt Damon and any other citizen of our country has the right to question government leaders and their policies but no government leader, especially the highest ranking person in government, has the right to use their podium in the public spotlight to attack an artist's works. When Obama says Matt Damon's movie wasn't very good as a way of attacking him for being critical of his policies, we should be very concerned because it means we not only have a mis-emotional, morally questionable individual running our country but he also demonstrates that amongst all of the problems he could be putting his attention on, he chooses to focus on the quality of a movie by an actor and how he prefers the music of a former drug dealer to a college drop out.
I think it's very interesting how Obama prefers Jay-Z's music given the countless times he has glorified drug dealing, materialism, and continues to call women bitches, even his own wife, Beyonce. My point is not so much against Jay-Z because I can enjoy much of his music, but is more so against Obama's choice of Jay-Z over Kanye West. I'm not saying Kanye is better, but why is this even something Obama is addressing in an interview and why even make a choice at all? The best thing for him to say would have been something like, "I appreciate all artists because they are the true creators of our future and picking amongst them publicly isn't something I want to get into. I'm focused on solving the problems that face our country and our world, but I want to thank them both for making their art." Now that would have been nice but instead we get a very low brow, insult commenting President that somehow sees it worth his time to say Jay-Z is better than Kanye and Matt Damon doesn't make good movies if he's against his policies. Those are not the actions of a President of the United States, they are the actions of a teenage girl. At the end of the day, his actions matter not because it is not the politicians that determine the outcome of our civilization, it is the artists. If that wasn't true then why would he say anything bad about any artist? I think he's jealous, he knows he's just a talking head spouting out regurgitated ideas that don't progress mankind forward one bit and wishes he was an artist. Me, I choose Jay-Z, Kanye, Matt Damon, every artist on Earth and that one day Obama gets more creative and leaves the podium for an easel, because "artists run this planet."
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I'm David Carus. From overcoming one of the most dangerous cities in the country and graduating from one of the most prestigious colleges in America to leading an educational movement as a teacher and running for Congress at the age of 25, I decided the best hope our world has is through art.