Reports on several websites and blogs indicate rapper Jay-Z, who famously authored the arrogant, subpar song "Open Letter" about U.S. President Barack Obama, was deliberately left of the guest list for First Lady Michelle Obama's 50th Birthday bash at the White House.
Invites are sent out months in advance and while Beyonce was in attendance at the party, Jay-Z was not there. Most people drop what they are doing to attend an event at the White House. Jay-Z was conveniently appearing in Boston that night, in an appearance reportedly arranged after the invite went out.
Many took offense to the song "Open Letter" where Jay-Z puts himself on a pedestal, exaggerating his clout and influence, at Obama's expense. There is even a line that states "Chill or you're going to get me impeached" and another bragging about having White House clearance.
Jay-Z boasts and conduct offended Obama, who stated he did not give Jay-Z clearance to go to Cuba and sarcastically responded "My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We've got better things to do."