Kanye: I’m ‘Happy The President Mentions Me So Often’

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The war of words between Kanye West and President Barack Obama continues.

Appearing on Kris Jenner’s show “Kris” Friday, the hip-hop artist responded to comments Obama made about him and Kim Kardashian – Jenner’s daughter — earlier this month.

“So, Obama basically said we’re the new American dream. I think he was posing it like I was supposed to take it in a negative way, but I just feel like happy that the president mentions me so often,” West said, tongue-in-cheek. “Thank you very much, Obama.”

West was responding to comments Obama made critiquing the couple’s effect on the younger generation.

“Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success,” Obama said.

This is not the first time Obama and West have had words with one another.

Obama called West a “jackass” last year during an interview because he interrupted Taylor Swift’s speech after she won an award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. West took it one step further earlier this year, saying at a concert in London that he doesn’t “give a f*** what the president’s got to say.”

West also discussed fatherhood and his relationship with Kardashian. He called her “my joy” and said “she brought my new joy into the world.”

But he acknowledged being a new dad in the spotlight isn’t easy.

“I’m supposed to be this musical genius and everything,” he said, “but I really can’t work the car seat that well.”

He said parenting has brought him and Kardashian closer because “there’s someone more important to us than us for the first time.”

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