In a radio interview with Orlando’s Power 95.3, the President of the United States of America took time to address a nation’s burning concern that rapper Nicki Minaj has endorsed his Republican opponent in the upcoming election. Clearly, it was a slow day on the campaign trail. Still, that doesn’t take away from Barack Obama’s coolly executed victory over the potential beef.
Last week the Lady in Pink made headlines when, in a freestyle for Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 mixtape, she dropped the line: “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney / You lazy bitches is fucking up the economy.” The song’s release seemed to coincide with a strange fluke of the collective conscious, whereby everyone forgot that rap often employs similes.
But the impossibly busy leader of the free world didn’t forget. When the DJ played the offending couplet for Obama, he quickly dismissed the idea that Minaj is actually aligning herself with Romney: “I’m not sure that’s actually what happened. I think she had a song on there, a little rap that said that, but she likes to play different characters.” Boom. Another win for the first U.S. president to name-drop Weezy in a stump speech. Minaj responded on Twitter, “Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do. *sends love & support.*”
We’d like to think Obama reviewed our notes on the matter before going on the show. As Brandon Soderberg pointed out in his “Mercy”-inspired piece: “She’s doing the thing rappers do where they make things up, and contrive the weirdest, wildest ways to say some pretty basic stuff like, ‘I got more money than you do, and I don’t give a fuck’ — Romney’s M.O., no?”