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Kanye West defended President Barack Obama against critics, explaining that the black president lacked the connections of the Jewish community.

During the interview last week on New York City radio station WWPR-105.1 FM, West said:

Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money.

People want to say Obama can’t make these moves or he’s not executing. That’s because he ain’t got those connections. Black people don’t have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don’t have the same connection as oil people…

Can you guarantee that your daughter can get a job at this radio station? But if you own this radio station, you could guarantee that. That’s what I’m talking about.

The Anti-Defamation League spoke out against the rapper’s comments today, calling the incident “classic anti-Semitism.”

ADL National Director Abraham Foxman wrote, “There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.”

West has made comparisons in the past that have raised the hackles of the Jewish community. In August 2011, he was booed at a concert in England after comparing himself to Hitler.

“I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I’m [expletive] insane, like I’m Hitler,” West said at the Big Chill Festival. As the audience booed, he said, “One day the light will shine through, and one day people will understand everything I ever did.”

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