Jay-Z Supports Barack Obama But Thinks “We Need Less Government”
Jay-Z recently revealed his conservative leanings. While he was promoting the NBA 2K13 game at the 40/40 Club in Manhattan, he offered his philosophy on politics and voiced his support for small government.
While the Brooklyn rapper is a high profile endorser of President Obama, he’s no fan of Washington.
“I don’t even like the word politics,” Jay-Z told MTV News. “It implies something underhanded and I think we need less government.”
Despite his support for the President, Jay-Z’s “less government” viewpoint is more in line with Obama’s opponents on the right, such as Republican candidate Mitt Romney, who also calls for smaller government. But his stance on smaller government aside, Jay-Z is all in for the president’s re-election.
“I support Barack because I gotta respect that sort of vision. I gotta respect a man who is the first black President ever,” he said. “To have that sort of vision and dream, I have to support that.”
Jay-Z made a point to distance himself with the ways of most politicians.
“To be honest with you I think a lot of people are serving their own agendas, so they just argue back and forth and they think about their next term,” Jay-Z said. “And it’s more about themselves than about the people. They’re servicing the people, but we rarely get anything done because they’re going back and forth with whatever they’re doing, so I’m not really into politics.”
On September 18, Jay hosted a $40,000 per plate fundraiser for President Obama earlier this month, which raised a reported $4 million.
While there, Obama outlined a connection he shared with the rap star.
“Jay knows what my life is like,” Obama said. “We both have daughters and our wives are more popular than we are.”
—E. Parker, CBS Local