Thursday, April 11, 2013

Jay vs. Jay: Jay Z's new song causes questioning in White House Press Briefing

Jay Z and Beyonce recently went on a trip to Cuba that had Americans in hysteria. Not really understanding the big deal, you know - being Canadian and allowed to go there for leisure, I didn't pay much attention.

After everyone complained and demanded to know how they were allowed to travel to the country that has a travel embargo with the US the government responded and said that they were given permission for an 'eductional exchange' by the Treasury Department. The TD is the department in charge of granting specific educational and business purposes.

Jay Z loved his trip to Cuba so much that he wrote a song titled Open Letter which he talks about it, among other things. In the song he refers to getting permission to go and insinuates that it was the President that gave him the go ahead - of course lyrics are highly subjective to interpretation, but whatever.

I turned Havana into Atlanta…
Boy from the 'hood, I got White House clearance...
Obama said 'chill you gonna get me impeached.'
You don't need this shit anyway
Chill with me on the beach

At a recent White House press briefing the White House press secretary Jay Carney responded to questions about the lyrics in the song and whether or not Obama talked to Jay Z about going to Cuba...BECAUSE THERE AREN'T ANY MORE IMPORTANT THINGS GOING ON IN THE WORLD.

Is this something the people really need to know? Is it a slow news day or what? Sigh.

Anyways, Carney said, "I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury." Zing.

Seriously though...I cover entertainment and celebrities and even I didn't think this was important enough to talk about, let alone take up time in a press briefing. Next thing you know TMZ is going to be sitting in the front row drilling Carney about deporting Justin Bieber.


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