I think we can all recall President Barack Obama calling Kanye West a “jackass.” It’s not every day you hear the president elect dish out an unintendedly public response to the Video Music Awards, shown below, ending with a unfulfilled request of “come on guys, cut the president some slack.”
Of course, before getting to Kanye West’s recent backlash at the President in a radio interview, it’s notable to point out that Obama has jokingly given more than a few Hollywood folks a hard time, and has been fairly relaxed about celebrity appearance compared to some of his predecessors.
For example, his appearance on Zach Galifianakis’ show “Between Two Ferns,” or his “Slow Jam the News” bit with Jimmy Fallon. He even hit Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton pretty good at his Correspondents Dinner speech in 2012, saying, “My fellow Americans, we gather during a historic anniversary. Last year at this time, in fact on this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the worlds most notorious individuals,” followed by a picture of Donald Trump flashing across the screen. For Hillary Clinton, a favorite possibility for the 2016 presidential election, he spoke on their changed relationship since the last election, saying, “Despite many obstacles, much has changed during my time in office. Four years ago I was locked in a brutal primary battle with Hillary Clinton. Four years later she won’t strop drunk texting me from Cartagena.” Finally, who can forget his hit toward Matt Damon in 2011, saying, “Matt Damon said he was disappointed in my performance. Well Matt, I just saw the The Adjustment Bureau, so right back at you buddy.”