During an off-the-record moment in a CNBC interview Monday, President Obama referred to Kanye West as a "jackass" for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance of an award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
His criticism was not intended to air but leaked out after ABC News reporter Terry Moran revealed his comment on Twitter, prompting ABC News to issue an apology for Moran's unprofessional ism.
Now TMZ has (unsurprisingly) posted the entire conversation. (Transcript is below.)
Q: Were your girls as hacked off as mine were that Kanye gave Taylor Swift the Joe Wilson treatment?
Obama: I thought that was really inappropriate. You know it was like she's getting an award -- why are you butting in? I, I hear you -- I agree with you.
Q: So does that count as the first question?
Obama: The young lady seems like a perfectly nice person. She's getting her award. What's he doing up there? He's a jackass. (Laughter) No, now -- this -- all this stuff -- I'm assuming all this stuff. Where's the pool? Come on guys. Cut the president some slack. I got a lot of other stuff on my plate. Yeah. Cause I remember last time it was the fly thing. Now that was the highlight of (trails off)
Q: No that worked out well for you. You were a ninja.
Obama: Except PETA... (laughter)