Posted Aug 31st, 2015 (10:42 am) by Matt Felten
Kanye West
Kanye West

President Kanye is coming, but it's going to be on his terms: all presidential debates must now be in the form of rap battles.

At last night's MTV Video Music Awards, history was made when Kanye West got up on stage and actually made a reasonably sensical, well spoken, and heartfelt speech. He impressed himself so much with his own words that he thought "Yeezus, we need to make some real change in the world. I'm tired of being just a God. I think I'm ready to be President." His mind made up, he closed out his speech with a declaration: "I have decided in 2020 to run for President."

Sorry, let me give you a bit more context in case you missed the awards show like I did, but haven't had the motivation to watch any of the clips flying around the web. Earlier in the night, Taylor Swift got on stage and presented Kanye with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, making a clever reference to his infamous interruption of her own award in 2009. "I'mma let you finish, but Kanye West has had one of the greatest careers of all time." Hah! Got 'em. Surprisingly, she also talked about how much she looked up to Kanye, calling him a "friend," and telling the enthralling story of how College Dropout was the first album she ever bought on iTunes.

To everyone's surprise, Kanye humbly refused the award —Sike! — of course he didn't. Kanye accepted the award, got on stage, and started speaking words from his mouth.


Jokes aside, Kanye did bring up some important points in his speech, even though (or maybe because) he was baked off his ass. His condemnation of awards shows and his call for artists to have self-respect and be proud of their work regardless of what the industry has to say about it were well-founded and seemed to come from a genuine place. As far as I'm concerned, that's really all that matters in a Presidential candidate. Amiright? Guys?

Of course, the Twitter community immediately accepted Kanye as their future Commander In Chief, showing their "support" through, you guessed it, memes.

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