President Obama made an appearance on Wednesday's episode of Today, during which he directly addressed addressed Jay-Z and Beyoncé's recent anniversary trip to Cuba. The trip was approved by the U.S. Treasury Department, but President Obama's knowledge of the trip was called into question when H.O.V.A. released his latest song, "Open Letter," in which he raps:
I done turned Havana to Atlanta,
Guayabera shirts and bandanas.
Everytime you think they got me I switch the plan up.
Bulletproof this, radioscanners,
Ballin' 'til they ban us.
You gettin' too much bread, they try to jam you,
Boy from the hood, but got White House clearance.
President Obama says that he wasn't aware of Jay and Bey's trip.
"I wasn't familiar that they were taking the trip. My understanding is, I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. This is not something the White House was involved with. We've got better things to do." [Complex]