President Barack Obama wants you to know that he did not help his BFFs Beyonce and Jay-Z get visas for their Cuban vacation.
The first couple of R&B took a trip two weeks ago to Havana, upsetting several lawmakers who were concerned with how they got permission to go to the country that Americans can only visit for educational or cultural purposes. Last week, the U.S. Department of Treasury confirmed that the pair had permission from the government to go to Cuba.
After the backlash, Jay-Z released “Open Letter,” a song ripping those who criticized their vacation. (RELATED: Jay-Z addresses controversial Cuba trip through rap)
In one of the lyrics, Jay raps that Obama talked to him about the backlash:”Obama said ‘chill, you gonna get me impeached’/ But you don’t need this shit anyway/ Chill with me on the beach.'”
But during an interview on The Today Show that aired Tuesday, Obama shot down the notion that he had any part to do with their vacation because he has “better things to do.” (RELATED: Lil’ Jay-C disses Jay-Z: ‘I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury’)
“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,” he said. “You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We’ve got better things to do.”