Weâre sorry we missed this story from over the weekend, but the meeting didnât appear on the presidentâs schedule on the White House website, nor did it show up in the @WhiteHouse or @POTUS Twitter feeds, or even Valerie Jarrettâs Twitter feed. Not even White House pool reporter Mark Knoller seems to have been notified that something was up Friday aside from the presidentâs daily briefing, which is closed to the press.
Tomorrow at the WH: Pres Obama has no public appearances, at this writing. Same for @VP.
â Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 14, 2016
CNN was clued in soon after the event, but we donât think they were invited to send a reporter.
Today President Obama met with Nicki Minaj, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Common, Busta Rhymes, Janelle Monae, etcâŚ
â Michelle Kosinski (@MKosinskiCNN) April 16, 2016
Weâd ask why Obama met with them, but thanks to Vibe magazine, weâve learned that President Obama has taken on these members of âhip-hopâs eliteâ as advisors on criminal justice reform.
â Stealth Statistician (@Grizzly_Stats) April 17, 2016
Pretty much, yeah.
â VibeMagazine (@VibeMagazine) April 17, 2016
For those wondering, on the right is Ludacris, the man behind the tender love songÂ âMove Bitchâ and the 2008 election anthemÂ âPolitics As Usual,â which features the line, âHillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant.â
â Can't Be Hustled (@Jimmy_Webber1) April 17, 2016
â Vulture (@vulture) April 16, 2016
Killer Mike has been on the roadÂ campaigning with Bernie Sanders, so we know heâs busy. But if your favorite rapper or singer isnât on the followingÂ list, consider him or her dissed by the White House.
Look who met w Obama at the White House y'day: Busta, Common, J. Cole, Ludacris, Minaj, Alicia Keys, Janelle Monae, Chance the Rapper.
â TourĂŠ (@Toure) April 16, 2016
(Vibe reports thatÂ DJ KhaledÂ andÂ Wale were also in attendance, while Vulture adds Pusha TÂ andÂ Rick Ross to the mix; no word on whether the lateÂ Tupac Shakur appeared via hologram.)
â King Push (@PUSHA_T) April 15, 2016
Mr. President, although Nicki Minaj posted aÂ photo youÂ autographedÂ for herÂ to Instagram, we dare you to look the nation in the eye and tell us you didnât take a selfie with her. Time for #ReleaseTheSelfies to trend.