U.S. President Barack Obama stands on stage with rapper Jay-Z and musician Bruce Springsteen at an election campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio

See how Barack Obama introduces Jay Z in Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Induction

On Thursday, Jay-Z was inducted into prestigious Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Someone made sure that the rapper gets the best introduction and a great welcome into the honorary list.

United States’ former President Barack Obama introduced the rapper via a video. Referring to Jay-Z as his friend and a “true American original hip-hop artist”, Obama shared how the rapper has been an influential figure in his life.

Sharing the camaraderie and commonality in their lives, Obama said: “We know what it’s like not to have a father around, we know what it’s like not to come from much, and to know people who didn’t get the same breaks that we did,” Obama said. “So we try to prop open those doors of opportunity so that it’s a little easier for those who come up behind us to succeed as well.”

Before introducing Jay-Z, Obama listed down all the inductees who made it to the list. Concluding his mini speech, the former President shared his favorite statement from the rapper: “I’ve never looked at myself and said that I need to be in a certain way to be around certain sort of people. I have always wanted to stay true to myself and I’ve managed to do that and people have to accept that.”


While Jay-Z could not attend the event, he did pay his gratitude to Obama via a tweet.

It was indeed a beautiful gesture by Mr. Obama. What do you think? Share your thoughts via tweet @CelebMix.

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