Jay-Z’s Nets Diss Track Was Not The Only Song The White House Addressed Today

White House press secretary Jay Carney responded today to a question about a Jay-Z lyric involving President Obama from the rapper’s Brooklyn Nets diss track. As this exclusive transcript indicates, it was not the session’s only musical digression.

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“The gentleman…I believe the gentleman has admitted to shooting the sheriff…but the President does believe it is his right to enter a plea of self-defense at trial.”

White House Daily Press Briefing
4/11/2013

Jay Carney: Ok, we’ve got a lot of things today. The President’s new budget proposal, chained CPI, gun control legislation. Let’s start over here, Jessica Yellin.

Jessica Yellin, CNN: Jay, I’m sure you’re aware of Jay-Z and Beyonce’s recent trip to Cuba and the controversy surrounding that…

JC: Yes…

JY: Well, Jay-Z released a rap song today. Some of the lyrics: “You gettin’ too much bread, they try to jam you / Boy from the hood but got White House clearance,” and a little later…uh…let’s see…”Obama said ‘chill, you gonna get me impeached’ / But you don’t need this shit anyway / Chill with me on the beach.” When did the White House OK Jay-Z’s Cuba trip and how often does the President communicate with Jay-Z?

JC: It’s Treasury that handles authorizing travel to Cuba and it’s my understanding that the group they traveled with was OK’d. (chuckles) The President does not communicate with Jay-Z.

JY: But, Jay-Z mentions here references a conversation with the President pertaining to Cuba….

JC: That’s a song; those are song lyrics. That’s a metaphor. Next, ummm, Ed Henry.

Ed Henry, FOX News: Jay, I’d like to draw your attention to a song by Johnny Cash where he…uh…here it is…where he admits to shooting a man. In Reno. Has Justice moved on this case at all, and if not why is the AG [attorney general] dragging his feet on this?

JC: Again these are song lyrics…and anyway I believe this song was released some years ago. I don’t even think the President was alive…

EH: The statute of limitations on murder never runs out…

JC: I’ve stated our position. Next…Jake Tapper.

Jake Tapper, CNN: Jay, Bob Marley admits to, not only the murder of a law enforcement officer, but seems to intimate that he has knowledge of the murder of a second. He also mentions marijuana trafficking as the probable motive for the murder of the second man…uh…a Sheriff, John Brown…any chance this is Aryan Brotherhood…

JC: Ok, let’s move on… David Brody.

David Brody, CBN: Jay, Eric Clapton recently said “if you wanna get out you need to take her out, cocaine.” Seems like a clear issue for the DEA, no? Or has the White House put drug issues on the back burner?

JC: (sigh)…You know, I don’t…for one Eric Clapton didn’t even write that song. Next, let’s see..non-music questions, OK? Rob Reynolds.

Rob Reynolds, Al-Jazeera: Jay, Steve Miller has stated emphatically his intent to “fly like an eagle into the future.” Who regulates time-travel technology, FAA? Does the Pentagon have this technology and wouldn’t altering the time-stream be a national security concern? I’m a little fuzzy on the time-stream thing, but my son recently watched Looper and he assures me…

JC: Next. Chuck Todd.

Chuck Todd, NBC: Jay, by his own admission, Sammy Hagar refuses to comply with federally mandated highway speed limits…

JC: That’s it, we’re done.

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