I’ve been in the White House pool before but I can’t recall the White House ever responding a rapper’s song. Jay-Z released a song this morning called “Open Letter”, where he addresses his issues surround his Cuban trip and throw shots at his haters on Capitol Hill as well. He also mentions President Obama telling him to chill out before he gets him impeached.
“I turned Havana into Atlanta… Boy from the ‘hood, I got White House clearance. ..Obama said ‘chill you gonna get me impeached.’ (But) you don’t need this – expletive – anyway. Chill with me on the beach,” he raps.
During a White House press briefing today White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responded to a reporter’s inquiry where she (seriously) quoted Jay-Z’s song and asked for a response from the White House.
Carney responded by saying, “I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury.” He then added, “I am absolutely saying that the White House and the president on down had nothing to do with anybody’s personal, anybody’s travel to Cuba. That is something the Treasury handles.”
Watch the exchange below.