April 11th, 2013
08:46 PM ET

Did Jay-Z throw Obama under bus over Cuba trip?

Rapper Jay Z took to the mic today - releasing a rap titled "Open Letter" in which he responded to critics who questioned the legality of his trip to Cuba this week.

In the song, Jay Z also alludes to having a conversation about the trip with the president:

"Boy from the 'hood, I got White House clearance. Obama said chill you gonna get me impeached. You don't need this – s***t- anyway. Chill with me on the beach."

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Well after that song was released, the White House was quick to distance itself from Jay Z's trip.

"I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury because Treasury offers and gives licenses for travel, as you know, and the white house has nothing to do with it." White House Press Secretary Jay Carney added, "I am absolutely saying the president on down had nothing to do with anybody's personal - anybody's travel to Cuba. That is something that Treasury handles."

OutFront Tonight: CNN Contributor Ari Fleischer - White House press secretary under president George W. Bush and  CNN Contributor, LZ Granderson.

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soundoff (One Response)
  1. Joey at Purdue Univ

    (Josh "Reformed Broker" Brown, on Twitter)

    "'I see,' I said. 'Jealousy,' I said, 'got the whole industry mad at me,' I said.
    Then B.I. said, 'Hov, remind yourself: Nobody built like you, you design yourself.'"
    (Jay-Z, "A Dream")

    April 11, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Reply

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