President Barack Obama poked a little fun at rapper Kanye West on Saturday, for saying he planned to run for the White House and offered some tongue-in-cheek advice on how to achieve a successful political career.

“First of all, you have got to spend a lot of time dealing with some strange characters who behave like they are on a reality TV show,” Obama told a crowd attending a fundraiser.


West is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

“Second important tip: saying that you have a ‘Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, that is what is known as ‘off-message’ in politics. You cannot say something like that,” Obama riffed, making reference to a popular West album.

“And number three: do you really think that this country is going to elect a black guy from the South Side of Chicago with a funny name to be president?” Obama, who lived on the South Side of Chicago before he was elected president, concluded.

West has said he’s serious about running in 2020.

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