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Obama: 'Kanye West Is A Talented Jackass'

US President clarifies his earlier comment about rapper Kanye...

It must have smarted a bit for Kanye West when US President Barack Obama joined in the general critcism of him over his Taylor Swift stage invasion a couple of years ago.

So he may be relieved to hear that the leader of the free world has now added a qualification to his original description of Yeezy as "a jackass" - instead describing him as "a talented jackass".

Obama made the original quip when quizzed about Kanye by a TV crew in the wake of Kanye grabbing the mic from Taylor at the 2009 VMAs.

But the Prez has now insisted that he actually quite likes Kanye.

Speaking in a profile on the rapper for The Atlantic, Obama said: "I like Kanye, he's a Chicago guy. Smart. He's very talented.

"He is a jackass, but he's talented."

We told you yesterday how Kanye is reported to have fallen head-over-heels for Kim Kardashian and described her as "my Beyoncé".

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