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President Obama calls Kanye West a 'jackass'

The Kanye West/Taylor Swift scandal has now reached the White House. While giving an interview to CNBC today, President Obama reportedly called Kanye West a “jackass” in regard to West’s behavior at the VMAs. ABC reporter Terry Moran overheard this portion of the interview, which was supposed to be off-the-record, and immediately tweeted it. He wrote, “Pres. Obama just called Kanye West a “jackass” for his outburst at VMAs when Taylor Swift won. Now THAT’S presidential.”

ABC then issued an apology stating, “In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again.”

What do you think Music Mix-ers? Has the Kanye backlash gone too far? Or is he getting what he deserved?

More from EW’s Music Mix:
Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift’s VMAs moment: What was he thinking?
Kanye West apologizes for interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMAs: “I’m not crazy…I’m just real.”
Lil Mama on VMAs run-in with Jay-Z, Alicia Keys: “I did not mean any disrespect”
Whitney Houston on ‘Oprah’: What do you think so far?

Originally posted September 15 2009 — 12:12 AM EDT

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