November 20, 2013 by gregrabidoux2013
Kanye West, rapper extraordinaire and the Baby-Daddy of Kim Kardashian’s heiress to a reality TV empire has ended his bromance with President Obama. And yet, somehow our planet has continued spinning on its axis. Or at least I think so. I have people checking into this now just to be sure.
Why did Kanye West finally cede Mr. Obama to Michelle totally and without remorse? Well, it seems he hasn’t ever fully recovered from the president calling the rapper a “jack***” for Mr. West’s crashing the 2009 Taylor Swift “love-fest” at her VMA acceptance speech. As Kanye puts it, he felt “used” by the president, who “used to come and visit me and my mama and tell me that he’s about to run for president.” The rapper is a Chicagoan while the president served as a Senator from Illinois before taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
“The president likes to use (pop icons) just to be down and stuff,” West claimed. “People was fine with me being everyone’s punching bag for about five years. … That was kind of my position in culture, so he used that too. ‘Oh, he’s a jack—.’ Because that’s how the world felt.”
As for speaking his thoughts about Obama, West said, “I don’t care if someone’s the president or not. I care about thoughts and how you helping people and what you bring to the world.” http://www.today.com/entertainment/kanye-west-done-president-obama-2D11622595
Besides counting his estimated $100 million empire, his yachts, fleet of private jets, warehouses of cars, flashy jewelry and his “crib-mansions,” Kanye can also take solace in the fact that he is not the first and won’t be the last high-profile celebrity “used” by crafty and calculating politicians.
Bill Clinton had “Babs” (Barbra Streisand) in his corner and squeezed millions in campaign fundraisers out of the notoriously reluctant songbird. She became so close to the candidate that when he became president she had unrivaled celebrity access which included private cell phone numbers and instant faxes from White House staffers on policy updates that “La Diva” asked for, er, demanded. The relationship reportedly went a bit south and I don’t mean Arkansas when Bill caught flak for the access and began to distance himself from America’s favorite “Funny Girl.”
Even the “Chairman of the Board,” Frank Sinatra felt the sting of not one but two presidential jilts. The first came at the hands of the Kennedys. Mr. Sinatra who had proven himself to be an ardent fundraiser and supporter of then candidate John F. Kennedy found himself on the “outs” when on the advice of John’s brother Robert, the president found it now convenient to distance himself from the legendary crooner and any and all reputed ties between Sinatra and the mob. Of course, JFK couldn’t quite tear himself away from trysts with mob mistresses but that’s material for another blog.
Frankie “I did it my way” Sinatra found himself jilted again, this time by the GOP and fellow Hollywood types, the Reagans. Apparently, Nancy felt that while Frank had supported them financially and were friendly and all it wasn’t quite the squeaky clean, all-American image she and close advisors wanted for the “Gipper.” So, in classic political parlance it was “Love ya babe and your money but let’s keep the affair strictly private.”
Even Richard Nixon, who famously awarded that crack lawman Elvis Presley with an honorary badge and courted Sammy Davis Jr., to, I guess get the African-American, Jewish vote found it necessary to distance himself from Hollywood altogether when things got tight after Watergate. He even created a Blacklist and put luminaries like Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Jane Fonda at the top. Okay, Jane did shimmy up and down North Vietnamese tank poles to demonstrate her pre-1980s workout body fitness and make some sort of statement against US involvement in Vietnam. But Paul Newman? How could a guy who went on to have camps for disabled kids and a salad dressing empire with all proceeds going to charity ever have been bad?
The unvarnished truth? Politicians and celebrities have always had a symbiotic relationship. Politicians, especially on the way up often court celebrities with the fervor and passion of a 15 year old with his first crush. Presidential candidate and relative unknown Mike Huckabee went after his fave Chuck Norris like an Alabama cheerleader targets the starting Quarterback for a pass, or so I am told. It paid off, the Chuckster endorsed Mike and summarized his immigration policy with two words-Chuck Norris.
But politicians have lots of handlers and advisors that aren’t quite as star-struck as their candidate-bosses. They realize that when former presidential candidate and now Secretary of State John Kerry gush “These are my people” or words to that effect at a super-elite Hollywood A-list fundraiser all the “fly-over” states groan and look to Larry “The Cable Guy” who gives a thumbs-down to folks like John Kerry. Translation? Celebrity coolness is great, their money is better and any pull they have with their fans is best. Lady Gaga and her millions of little monsters have leverage, trust me. But, Hollywood lifestyle isn’t the reality for about 99% of Americans and let’s face it the rest of us don’t name our baby North West. Really?
Good Luck explaining that when Baby North grows up. Thanks Mama and Papa “K,” what, was “South East” taken?
Anyway, I’ll let Kanye have the last word as he attempts to get over his failed bromance with the president and get on with his super-creative, super-elite, super-crazy life with his future relatives with at least one “K” in their name.
Take it away Kanye;
“Just drink! I’m sure I’m not supposed to say that, but I drink Grey Goose. And I’m not getting paid anything from them, but I’m going to tell you as a man — and they said Shakespeare was like a drunk and yes, I said that to blatantly compare myself to Shakespeare — you know, I’m not perfect.” http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/1021823/top-10-mind-numbing-quotes-from-kanye-west-interview
He’s not perfect and I now have it on good word that the Earth is still safely spinning on its own axis.
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