During his 2008 Presidential campaign, Barack Obama relied heavily on mobilizing youth and connecting with the younger generations through speeches, ads and an online presence. Now, with an eye on his 2012 Presidential reelection campaign, there’s been talk that Obama’s camp may enlist the help of Jay-Z.
“I can’t believe you’ve finally heard the chatter about [Jay] replacing Larry Summers,” Deputy White House Press Secretary William Burton joked with the New York Post. “In all seriousness, keep in mind he was pretty active during the 2008 election, so I don’t think it’d surprise anyone that [Jay] would be involved again. But it’s a little premature.”
Still, the choice would seem to make sense, as the rap superstar has been vocal in his support of Obama over the last few years and, with each passing day, Jay’s image seems to become more accepted by the same mainstream America that once rejected his rhymes about drugs, violence and women. —Adam Fleischer