When Jay-Z took aim at the media by releasing his new track, “Open Letter,” this morning, it was bound to cause waves. One of the more controversial lyrics involve Jay stating he got White House clearance to travel to Cuba from President Obama himself. Apparently one reporter picked up on this and during a press conference this afternoon, asked the President’s press secretary Jay Carney about it.
“I guess nothing rhymes with treasury” joked Carney. “It’s a song,” he then continued. “The president did not communicate with Jay-Z over this trip.” Regardless, when your verses get brought up in a White House Press Conference, that’s some serious cultural power. Watch the clip of the exchange above.