Obama said Jay Z should be seen as a "true American original" because he's charted his own path to success, despite adversity. - From NBCNews.com
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Although Obama praised Carter’s success as a musician, he also said the rapper should be recognized for his efforts to give back to his community and his devotion to his family.
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Carter has frequently alluded to exchanging texts with Obama in interviews, and gave a nod to the country's first black president in the song "My President," rapping in one verse, "Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run/Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly." “Like all of you I am a fan, and I’ve been listening to Jay since I was a young and hungry state senator,” Obama said.