President Barack Obama told a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in San Francisco Saturday that he had some advice for Kanye West just in case the rapper and Kardashian clan newcomer decides he's serious about running for president.
“First of all,” Obama said, “you’ve got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they’re on a reality TV show. So you’ve just got to be cool with that.
“Second … saying that you have a 'Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' -- that’s what’s known as 'off message' in politics. There are a lot of people who have lost their congressional seats saying things like that.
“Number three. Do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the United States? That is crazy!”
Obama was greeted with shouts of “We love you!” from the crowd, which dissolved into applause and laughter every time he paused for the opportunity.
Before getting into his administration's accomplishments, Obama veered into new territory, postulating who might want to be the next speaker of the House, after the fight this week for this unforgiving post devolved into what the New York Times called a chaotic scramble.
Nonchalantly, the president said he would be joined by “a guy who has been talking about launching a potential political career. You may have heard this. Kanye is thinking about running -- for speaker of the House. But in case Kanye is serious about this whole POTUS thing, or as he calls it, PEEZY, I do have some advice for him."
West, who has apparently traded barbs with the president for years, was scheduled to entertain the crowd after Obama’s speech before 1,300 supporters contributing from $250 to $10,000 each, the Times reported.