Obama Has Some Political Advice for Kanye West
President suggests the rapper could fill House speaker position
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2015 4:10 PM CDT
President Barack Obama on stage during a Democratic fundraiser at the Warfield Theater Saturday in San Francisco. During the appearance, he offered some political advice to Kanye West.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – President Obama had a few tips for Kanye West—who in August claimed he would be running for president in 2020—while opening for the rapper during a fundraiser Saturday in San Francisco, the New York Times reports. "In case Kanye’s serious about this whole POTUS thing—or as he calls it, Peezy—I do have advice for him,” the New York Daily News quotes Obama saying during the fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee.

Obama said Kanye will have to "deal with strange characters who behave as if they are on a reality TV show" and warned him the phrase "beautiful dark twisted fantasy" is considered "off-message" in politics, the Daily News reports. According to the Times, Obama—who offered Kanye as a solution to Republicans' current House speaker troubles—ended by joking: “Do you really think this country is going to elect a black guy from the south side of Chicago with a funny name to be president of the US?”