I’m a pretty conservative guy, politically speaking. I do not see eye-to-eye with President Obama on many issues; and I don’t agree with his handling on issues we may, upon the surface, appear to be in agreement. But we, voters and politicians alike, must learn to find common ground upon which we can agree.
I found that moment recently. Interestingly enough, I would’ve noticed it about six years ago had I been paying closer attention.
In 2009, Kanye West went on stage and took the microphone from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the Video Music Awards. He just had to get up there and rain on her parade by commenting how Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” was one of the greatest videos of all time; all because he was upset his beloved Beyonce was beaten out by Swift. (He showed similar disrespect to Beck recently, if memory serves.)
When preparing for an interview, perhaps even part of the interview, President Obama was asked why Kanye would do something so disrespectful and immature. President Obama replied, “He’s a jackass.”
See, if President Obama and I can agree on something…we can all find something to agree upon.
(If you’re interested, I learned about President Obama’s quote through Watch Mojo’s Top 10 Awkward Things on Live TV – I recommend watching all ten and not just the aforementioned section.)