Kanye West got some much needed advice on his announced political career. President Obama himself offered Kanye West advice on replacing John Boehner as Speaker of the House, and on his hopes to run for president in 2020. West performed on Friday, at the Warfield Theater in San Francisco. The performance was part of a two-day fundraising trip. The fundraising blitz takes Obama along the West Coast to Seattle, Los Angeles, San Fransicso and San Diego. The trip was meant to bring in massive funding to the Democratic Party.
Before Kanye West took the stage, Obama acknowledged West’s political campaign, and offered him the type of advice that only a president coming from the same place could offer. Of course, Obama isn’t coming from the music industry; Both Kanye West and the current POTUS have a strong connection to Chicago.
Before he became America’s top politician, Obama was a community organizer, lawyer, and senator in the Chicago area. Kanye West spent his formative years in Chicago, living there with his mother in his youth. According to the Associated Press, Obama acknowledged the strange but plausible possibility of Kanye West becoming president, humorously referencing himself in the process.
“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? That is crazy. That’s cray!”
All joking aside, Kanye’s election to the highest office in the nation is plausible. Having Kanye West perform at a political event during the end of Obama’s term as president could be seen as a wholehearted endorsement. We’ll have to wait until 2020 to see who still stands with Kanye.
Kanye West first announced his presidential hopes during a speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, earlier this year. West accepted the award for Michael Jackson Video Vanguard. The speech Kanye West gave held much more than his presidential ambition. West gave a speech focusing on mistakes he has made, and his commitment to supporting artists in the industry. But, what was most talked about, was the little bit he said toward the end about his future political dreams.
According to MTV, Kanye West said this eye-opening tidbit at the end of his speech, before leaving the stage.
“And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president.”
That final sentence resonated with many, and is probably what led to Kanye West performing at the fundraiser hosted by the president. Not only our current head of state, but current presidential candidates, and the whole political realm was jolted. Current Republican front-runner Donald Trump praised West with an offer to be Vice President, should Trump get elected. Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has also praised Kanye West, and has been in communication with him. They appear to be supportive of each other’s ambitions in both politics and music.
Carson told ABC what he thinks of Kanye after the two chatted.
“I did have an opportunity to talk with him. I was extremely impressed with his business acumen. He knows a lot about business. I talked to him about the possibility of maybe himself and some of the other people in pop culture doing some music that might be uplifting that might give young women a sense of their value and young men a sense of responsibility. I think it could be a tremendous thing in our society.”
Kanye West still has about four years to perfect his campaign, but the support he’s currently getting from members of both parties makes his prospective campaign look promising.
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