Not too long ago, Kanye West made headlines saying he plans to run for President in 2020. And your candidacy can’t get more legit than by having a sitting President offer you advice.
When President Obama met with Democratic donors Saturday (Oct. 10) in San Francisco, he was quick to joke that the hip-hop star might want to ease into his political career by aiming lower and taking over John Boehner’s recently-resigned position.
“Kanye is thinking about running … for Speaker of the House!” jokes Obama. “It couldn’t get any stranger.”
“But in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing –- or as he calls it, ‘peezy’ –- I do have some advice for him,” the President playfully adds, to applause from the 1300 benefactors at the Warfield Theater — including West and Kim Kardashian, who were spotted in the crowd.
“First of all, you have to spend some time dealing with some strange characters who act like they’re on a reality TV show,” Obama teases. “You gotta be cool with that.”
“Second important tip: Saying you have a beautiful dark twisted fantasy — that’s what’s known as off message in politics,” Obama advises, referencing Kanye’s 2010 album. “People have lost congressional seats that way.”
“And number three: Do you really think this country’s going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the U.S.?” he grins. “That’s crazy. Cray.”
In all seriousness, Obama also filled the crowd in on his plans to be an “ordinary citizen” again when he hands the White House over to someone else in 14 months. “I won’t have elected office,” he says. “But it doesn’t mean I’ll stop working on these issues.”