At a time when the nation appears politically divided like never before, Kanye West has united Americans:
Barack Obama has described Kanye West as a “jackass” after the rapper’s outburst at the MTV Video Music Awards.
The US president made the uncharacteristically blunt remark during an interview with CNBC, the US business news network, on Monday.
Although Mr Obama delivered the aside during an off-the-record segment of the pre-recorded interview, it was picked up and tweeted by a journalist from a rival network.
The White House has yet to comment on the affair, but the president’s criticisms of West certainly chime with the public mood.