US Senator Quotes Wiz Khalifa And Jay-Z During Filibuster
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.07.2013
Calls them "modern day poets"...
Billboard reports that Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) referenced "modern day poets" Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z during a filibuster by one of his Republican colleagues over the government's drone policy. Rubio was given the floor by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), who had been talking for hours to block a vote on President Barack Obama's pick of John O. Brennan for CIA chief.
Paul was trying to draw attention to the question of if the Obama administration would use unmanned aerial drones to kill Americans believed to be terrorists. He said: "It's an easy question. It should have been a resounding, an unequivocal, 'No'. The president's response? He hasn't killed anyone yet. We're supposed to be comforted by that."
Rubio began referencing the rappers when saying he was glad to be in DC instead of home. He said: "Let me begin by quoting a modern day poet, his name is Wiz Khalifa. He has a song called 'Work Hard Play Hard'. You look at the time, I think it's a time when many of our colleagues expected to be home, back in the home state playing hard, but I'm happy we're here still working hard on this issue."
He also question what the debate would be like if George W. Bush were president and quoted Jay-Z's song "A Week Ago". He added: "That takes me back to another modern day poet by the name of Jay-Z. One of the songs that he wrote, 'It"s funny when seven days can change, it was all good just a week ago'. Well I don't know if it was all good a week ago, but I can tell you that things have really changed. Because if the president was George W. Bush and this was a question being asked of him and his response was the silence we've gotten, we'd have a very different scenario here tonight."
Rubio has previously declared his love of hip-hop to GQ, saying Tupac Shakur's "Killuminati" was one of his favorite songs. He also put Sugarhill Gang, Kanye West and Flo Rida on his official Spotify playlist.