President Obama has, once again, made his thoughts known about how he feels about Kanye West.
One may recall Mr. Obama calling Kanye West "a jackass" while microphones were still running backstage after an Obama speaking event early during his first term as president.
Now, the president, in an interview with Amazon.com is saying that to have the status of a Kanye West (and Kim Kardashian, the mother of West's infant daughter) isn't what America's kids should aspire to be.
Said President Obama, "The American Dream involved some pretty basic stuff. A good job where you felt some security. A good education. People felt if they worked hard they could get there. I don’t think people went around saying to themselves, ‘I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house I think, there has also been a shift in culture. We weren’t exposed to the things we didn’t have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”
With that attitude, thankfully we're still not driving Model Ts, commuting by horse and buggy, and speaking on rotary dial phones.
In an unusual twist, while the president is criticizing the lifestyles of the new rich and famous, one group is criticizing the lifestyle of his family for being ingratiated with the queen of pop culture, Beyonce Knowles- Carter, calling for a boycott of the first lady from attending any future concerts during Beyoncé's world-wide Mrs. Carter tour.
The PAPM says the Obama's involvement with 'the Carters is unbecoming of a first lady and president of the United States.
Here's an excerpt from the group's official statement ...
"After the warm reception that the Pray at the Pump Movement (PAPM ) received [in front of] the White House this morning, representatives decided to extend their protest to the Verizon Center today from 6 to 8 PM. Concerned parents and representatives of PAPM will be praying that God will destroy the demons that Jay-Z and Beyonce are bringing to our cities. Some of our picket signs will read: 'Beyoncé and Jay-Z are possessed by Demons'. 'Mrs. Obama, You are Degrading the Office of First Lady By Attending this Demon Possessed Concert', and 'How Can You Save our Children'?
The furor of these people comes at a time when the Internet is loaded with religious leaders who are denouncing Beyoncé for her satanic alter ego Sasha Fears that appears on stage and whose caricatures resemble the devil. She constantly uses the triangle motions in her performances. The Bible tells us that these demons are dangerous and should be rebuked. We believe that through attending this concert that Mrs. Obama and others are placing themselves in the path of these evil spirits that tend to linger and impact our daily lives. We will be sprinkling Holy Water around the Verizon Center with hopes of protecting people who come to this concert. Jay-Z declares that he and his wife give a lot to charity that is not reported. The time has come for them to let the world know what they do with the money they make from their musical empire that is destroying our youth. Furthermore, the fact that they spent 9 million dollars to have a baby in privacy while other children starve in New York has a demoniac touch. May God have mercy on their souls and those who are spending exorbitant amounts to be a part of this demoniac experience at the Verizon Center this evening. On Behalf of all Youth in America, we Urge Mrs. Obama to spend this night with her husband helping him figure out how to bring down the high youth unemployment and crime in the Washington metropolitan area, Chicago, and other major American cities. We continue to urge Obama to invite Pope Francis and other religious leaders to hold an exorcism of Capitol Hill and the White House. We hope that Jay-Z and Beyoncé will allow these leaders to drive out the demons that are possessing them also."
The group's leader, Rocky Twyman, still thinks that Mrs. Obama is a good person, calling her "a wonderful mom", but disagrees with her calling Beyoncé a role model for young girls. He is also calling on the president to meet with religious leaders to address, and pray about, the issues facing the country, including the continued partisan gridlock that has prevented the country from moving forward as a whole.