Jay-Z’s Meeting With Obama

November 15, 2010

Jay told Howard he was a big Obama supporter, in part because of his travels: “I’ve watched the feeling toward America change.”

Jay first met Obama before he won the presidency: “We talked about normal things. We talked about music. We talked about neighborhoods. We talked about aspirations. We talked about language in music. We just talked about a bunch of different things. He’s a very comforting soul. Immediately when you sit down–and again, I sat down as myself, but he [also] sat down as himself.”

Beyonce and ‘The Baby’

Howard asked why Jay was so secretive about his private life with Beyonce, so Jay explained: “Everyone knows we’re married. I’d just don’t discuss it because it’s a part of my life that I’d rather keep private. You need part of that. When you’re whole life is played out in front of everybody, you need–for your sanity–parts that are just yours.”

Jay said he hoped people would leave the topic alone in general: “I really sit back and wonder when people are going to stop.”

Robin asked if they’d soon be having a child, but Jay just told her to ignore the rumors: “I don’t think Newsday is going to know before my grandmother.”