‘American Idol’ Feud: President Barack Obama Says He’s ‘Confident’ That Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey Can ‘Sort It Out’ (AUDIO)

By: Gary Susman / October 15, 2012

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Has the American Idol feud reached the level of national crisis? Perhaps, since even President Barack Obama has now felt compelled to weigh in on the matter.

The president spoke by phone Friday morning to Miami Y100 radio host Michael Yo, and the first question Yo asked was about the Nicki Minaj-Mariah Carey dust-up.

Asked if he should step in to resolve the matter, Obama replied, “You know what, I think that they are going to be able to sort it out. I am confident. I am all about bringing people together, working for the same cause. I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they’re moving forward and not going backwards.”

What else did the leader of the free world have to say about the reality TV fracas?

Obama continued to respond with a politician’s tactfulness when asked which of the two singers he prefers. “Mariah, she’s actually done some events for us, and I’ve gotten to know her and Nick [Cannon]. She’s a wonderful lady,” he said. “Nicki I don’t know, but I’ve got her on my iPod.”

Yo also asked the president how he might fare as an Idol contestant. “You’ve heard me sing some Al Green,” Obama acknowledged. Nonetheless, he added, “I’m going to try to keep my day job.” (Hat tip to Extra.)

Meanwhile, Obama supporter Jennifer Hudson has added her voice to the growing chorus of reality TV and music insiders who think that the feud is little more than a staged publicity ploy. “I don’t believe it,” the Idol finalist-turned-Oscar-winning actress told TMZ over the weekend.”I think it’s just for ratings for the show.”

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