President Barack Obama Gives Kanye West Advice for Presidential Run
By Elizabeth VanMetre
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Kanye West is getting some advice on running for the oval office from POTUS himself.
Barack Obama and the 38-year-old rapper both appeared at an event to support the Democratic Hope Fund in San Francisco on Saturday, and the president joked with Yeezy about his decision to run for office in 2020.
Obama, 54, begin his speech by offering advice to the commander-in-chief hopeful.
"You're going to hear from a guy who I hear is talking about launching a potential political career. Kanye is thinking about running for… Speaker of the House," Obama told the audience, via ABC7 news. "In case Kanye's serious about this whole POTUS thing -- or as he calls it, 'Peezy' -- I do have some advice for him. There's some stuff I picked up along the way."
It turns out that some of the tips will be easier for West to follow than others. "First of all, you've got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they're on a reality TV show," Obama quipped, referring to Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
"Second important tip: Saying that you have a 'beautiful dark twisted fantasy'? That's what's known as off-message in politics," he continued, talking about West's 2010 album. "You can't say something like that. A lot of people have lost their congressional seats saying things like that."
Obama concluded his speech with a little jab at himself as well.
"And 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?" he said as the crowd burst into laughter.
It's tough to excuse Obama of not having a sense of humor!
POTUS isn't the only supporter of a possible presidential run by the West. ET caught up with Rihanna in August, and the singer was happy to voice her opinion on her "FourFiveSeconds"collaborator potentially joining the 2020 race.
"I mean people are voting for [Donald] Trump," the pop star explained. "Who wouldn't vote for Kanye?!"
See what Donald Trump thinks about the possibility of West talking over The White House in the video below.