*Jay-Z may be homies with the man who runs the so-called free world, but he didn’t actually get Cuba clearance from Obama himself. At least that’s what we’ve been told.
The rapper just released “Open Letter,” and in it he rhymes that he got the president’s permission to visit Cuba with his wife for their anniversary.
White House authorities say, oh no he didn’t.
During Thursday’s (April 11) daily presidential press briefing, it was the first time in memory that Obama administration spokesperson Jay Carney was asked to respond to a fresh hip-hop track, says MTV.com.
After a reporter painstakingly recited such lyrics as “I turned Havana into Atlanta … Boy from the ‘hood, I got White House clearance. … Obama said ‘chill you gonna get me impeached,” Carney smiled and shot back what sounded like a prepared answer about Jay’s boasts.
“I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury,” said a smirking Carney, who denied that President Obama personally intervened in the anniversary trip by music’s first couple because, well, it’s not his department. “It’s a song. The president’s not communicating with Jay-Z over this trip.”
Rumor has it that the song was released in response to any misconceptions about Jay and Bey’s trip to Cuba.
A crew of Republicans were sure to confirm with the rest of the U.S. that American citizens are banned from visiting the Communist country on leisure unless they’ve gotten clearance from a Treasury official.
“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,” Carney said. “That is something the Treasury handles.”