Although President Barack Obama is busy planning his campaign strategy in the final days leading to the Nov. 6 presidential election, it appears he still has time to catch up with an old friend every once in a while, even -- or especially -- when that friend is multiplatinum rap icon and superstar Jay-Z.
Obama was interviewed on Cleveland hip-hop radio station Z107.9 Thursday about Ohio’s status as a key swing state in the election, as well as his growing friendship with Jay-Z.
When questioned about the typical conversation he has with the rapper and part-owner of the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, Obama answered that he likes to make sure the highly respected rapper is helping out with parental duties, in addition to catching up.
“We talk about the same things I talk about with all my friends. I made sure that Jay-Z was helping Beyonce out [with the baby, Blue Ivy Carter], and not leaving it all with Beyonce and the mother-in-law,” Obama said.
Obama said he considers Jay-Z and Beyonce “good friends.” This isn’t surprising after the number of appearances the president and first lady Michelle Obama have made with Jay-Z over the years.
“I’ve gotten to know these guys over the first several years. They’re good people,” Obama said. “Beyonce could not be sweeter to Michelle and the girls [Malia and Sasha]. So they’re good friends.”
The two have a long history of working together on fundraisers and other political events. For examples, Jay-Z performed at Obama’s inauguration, and he has hosted several campaign events since Obama first began his presidential run.
The most recent of Jay-Z’s fundraisers for Obama was at the rapper’s 40/40 Club in New York just last month.
Beyonce introduced the president to the audience, saying, “We believe in his vision.”
After the introduction, Obama joked that he and Jay-Z were much more alike than people liked to think.
"Jay knows what my life is like," Obama told the crowd. "We both have daughters, and our wives are more popular than we are."