President Barack Obama was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! where he addressed Kanye West’s claims that they’re close enough friends to where Kanye phoned Obama or Obama called the West family home phone.
Earlier this month, Kanye gave a speech at Oxford University, England where he ranted and humble-bragged about many things. One of the rapper’s claims was that he’s close personal friends with Obama and those photos he and Kim Kardashian posted to social media were more than cattle-calls/meet-and-greets where the President met many people at a time. Kanye said, not seeming to be joking, that he and Obama talked all the time.
He old the Oxford students “Obama calls the home phone, by the way.” It’s not the first time he or Kim have said something similar.
Except, it’s a lie.
Obama appeared on Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! and spoke about several things including a quick word about Kanye.
Jimmy mentions that Kanye will be on the show next Friday. Jimmy then quotes Kanye as saying: “I understand I am a servant with my voice, my ability to build relationships with amazing people. Speak to amazing people. Call Elon Musk out of the blue. Or call Obama out of the blue… Obama calls the home phone, by the way.”
Jimmy asks “Are you talking to… are you having conversations with [Kanye]?”
Obama laughs, and says “I met Kanye twice. The first time when I was a senator and he was with his mom and he had just gotten big – he’s from Chicago – they wanted to meet and… he was very soft-spoken, very gracious, he was a young guy he hadn’t quite come into his own. And then about 6 months ago, he came to an event and, look, I love his music, he’s incredibly creative… [but] I don’t think I’ve got his home number. No.”