Amash raps Obama over meeting with rapper

Jonathan Oosting
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash questioned Monday why President Barack Obama met with rapper Kendrick Lamar but has not accepted his own offer to discuss more “critical” issues such as government surveillance.

The Democratic president met with the Grammy-winning rapper in late October, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett said on a Buzzfeed podcast published this week, and the two shared a moment in the Oval Office.

“Yet he won't meet with me to discuss civil liberties and surveillance issues despite repeated requests,” Amash, a Michigan Republican from Cascade Township, wrote on Twitter.

The civil libertarian later called it “great” that Obama met with Lamar, but he said the president should also meet with members of Congress on critical issues.

“I can’t rap, but I can do some pretty good celebrity impressions,” Amash wrote.

It is the second time in as many months the politician has turned heads on Twitter with pop culture references. Amash angered some Taylor Swift fans in December when he poked fun at the singer’s attempt to trademark “1989,” which is the year of her birth and the name of her latest album.

Amash faced little blowback for his latest tweet, aside from a few Lamar fans who took the opportunity to praise the Compton, California, rapper’s work.

Obama is a big fan of Lamar’s. He recently told People magazine that “How Much a Dollar Cost,” a single from Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterflyalbum, was his favorite song of 2015.

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