And after watching Obama’s taped video message at Jay Z’s induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, Trump might be onto something. Okay, not really. But Obama might have spilled one of our nation’s most closely guarded secrets when he praised Jay’s devotion to his daughter, Blue Ivy.
“Jay and I are also fools for our daughters,“ Obama said. "Although he’s gonna have me beat once those two twins show up, and let’s face it, we both have wives who are significantly more popular than we are.”
Wait a second. Did the man who was able to keep the location of Area 51 or the identity of Tupac Shakur’s killer secret for eight years just accidentally reveal that Beyoncé is pregnant with twin girls? And if so, does this mean that he’s no longer their top choice for godfather?
The good news for President Obungler is that the rest of his tribute to Hov more than made up for his gaffe.
“I like to think Mr. Carter and I understand each other,” Obama said. “Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today. We know what it’s like not to have a father around. We know what it’s like not to come from much, to know people didn’t get the same breaks that we did, so we try to pop up those doors of opportunity.”
Unfortunately Jay was unable to attend the lovefest in person. So Jon Platt, the CEO of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing spoke on his behalf.
“The hip-hop community has a very long history of being told ‘You’re not songwriters,’” Platt said. “'You’re not quite there yet,’ 'It’s not your time yet.’ Well, to all the songwriters and artists from our community and our generation, Jay would want you to know that this induction is a signal that your time has come and your time is now. He would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are indeed songwriters, and your gift cannot ever be overlooked. And Jay would want you to know that as proud as he is to be the first, he’s even more proud that he won’t be the last.”
Watch Obama’s speech below.