One imagines that former president Bill Clinton wasn't too excited about Tuesday's election results. But there are two things coming soon that he is excited for: Rapper Lil' Wayne's release from prison, and the return of the McDonald's McRib sandwich.
On Tuesday, Clinton was on the phone with the hosts of Pittsburgh's 96.1 Kiss Morning Freak show, getting out the vote and so forth (lotta good it did—Democrats lost both the Senate and the Governor's race in Pennsylvania). Because radio hosts are always "wacky" dudes who "mess with people," these guys asked the 42nd president what he thought about Lil' Wayne's upcoming release from jail. And Clinton jumped right into it:
CLINTON: I tell you what I think about that. I know this is kind of a funny question for you to ask me. But I think—you know, my daughter introduced me to rap and hip hop music after I said some things she thought were not very smart. She said, "Dad, you need to listen, all these people are smart." This guy's smart. And he's got abilities. And he's got a new chance now. And what I hope is that this is not just something to brand him as a cool guy, but that it'll never happen again to him.
You know, I think a lot of these people, they don't get successful in that—just like in any other area of life—by being really dumb. They're really smart. But a lot of them had tough lives and they almost think it's cool to get in trouble every now and then, or they don't know how to stay out. But what I hope will happen is that he has a good life now.
HOST: We get the McRib sandwich and Lil' Wayne all in one week, and the election!
CLINTON: Yeah, that'll be pretty good for people that like both!
Okay, so, maybe he didn't say Weezy's name once, or reference his crime (criminal possession of a weapon). But isn't it nice that he has a boilerplate answer for when people ask him about rappers in jail? And, also, you know he's heard this one:
Update: Show host Bob emails:
Our questions had nothing to do with "Being Whacky" - We are not a political talk show...if we run back a 5-6 min interview talking politics even if it is with Bill Clinton people will tune out
So we had him on and fit him into our show