October 15th, 2012
04:14 PM ET
The blowout between "American Idol" judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj was bad enough to draw the attention of President Obama, apparently.
During a recent call on "The Yo! Show," the president was asked about the "Idol" drama, which revolved around a contentious and curse-laden exchange between Minaj and Carey.
But for Obama, those fighting words don't signal an irreparable relationship.
"You know what, I think that they are going to be able to sort it out. I'm confident," Obama told the show's host, Michael Yo. "I'm all about bringing people together, working for the same cause. So, I think both outstanding artists are going to be able to make sure that they're moving forward and not going backwards."
Obama also neatly avoided taking a side in the disagreement when asked if he had a favorite out of the pair.
"Mariah, she's actually done some events for us, and I've gotten to know her and [husband] Nick [Cannon] and she's a wonderful lady," he said, while adding, "Nicki I don't know, but I've got her on my iPod."
Since he pays attention to it, how does he think he'd fare on "Idol"? Well, the president responded, "You've heard me sing some Al Green, [but] I'm going to try to keep my day job."
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