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August 17, 2012

LISTEN: Obama Mispronounces Nas’ Name on Talk Show

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Written by: Kelly Virella


opsie, daisy, Mr. President. Imma let you finish, but that’s not how you pronounce rapper Nas’s name.

The commander-in-chief showed that he might be a bit more middle-age than we previously thought when he was interviewed by KOBFM in New Mexico this morning. When asked about his favorite pop music, he got caught slippin.’ He said, “Jay-Z, Beyonce, you know, Nas.” The mispronunciation occurs between 2:58 and 3:30.

Right-wing bloggers are hoping this’ll give them some fodder to complain that Obama isn’t as eloquent as everyone thinks. The problem with that argument, of course, is that our alternative is Mitt “I-Love-the-Trees” Romney.

Even so, if I were doing the interview, I would have gently corrected the President. I’d rather stop him now than when Nas comes to receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


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