By Erin Strecker
Updated September 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM EDT
Nicki Minaj
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President Obama believes that Nicki Minaj was playing a character when she made her remarks about Mitt Romney in her NSFW collaboration with Lil Wayne, “Mercy.” In an interview with Orlando, Florida radio station Power 95.3 this morning, Obama was asked directly about Minaj’s Romney “endorsement”, a.k.a when she rapped, “ I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/ You lazy b****es is f***ing up the economy.” Obama explained, “Yeah, I’m not sure that’s exactly what happened….She likes to play different characters.”

One of the hosts then speculated that Roman was behind it all, referencing Roman Zolanski, one of Minaj’s alter-egos known for his outspoken/angry ways.

Obama was right. After the clip showed up around the Internet this morning (as first reported by Buzzfeed) Minaj tweeted, “Ha! Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President, the smart ones always do… *sends love & support.”

Now that sounds like an endorsement.

Check out the interview clip below:

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