Jay-Z: Obama’s ‘Presence Is Charity’

We’ve listened through rapper Jay-Z’s interview on The Truth with Elliott Wilson so you don’t have to. In a 50-minute Q&A focusing mainly on the world of hip-hop, Jay-Z, a well known backer of President Obama (he and superstar wife Beyoncé have thrown glitzy fundraisers in the president’s honor), had this to say about the commander-in-chief:

This is going to sound arrogant, but my presence is charity. Just who I am. Just like Obama’s is. Obama provides hope. Whether he does anything, the hope that he provides for a nation, and outside of America, is enough. . . . Just being who he is, the first black president, if he speaks on any issue or anything, he should be left alone.

Jay-Z seems confused – the beauty of charity is that it’s most often private. But I guess “Obama’s presence is government dependency” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite the same way.

Ian Tuttle — Ian Tuttle is the former Thomas L. Rhodes Journalism Fellow at the National Review Institute.