Kanye West visits White House, touching on the bizarre, captivating bemused nation

Kanye West visits White House, touching on the bizarre, captivating bemused nation
President Donald Trump meets with rapper Kanye West in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) (Source: Evan Vucci)

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(RNN) – Kanye West’s visit to President Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday was, if nothing else, a spectacle that was hard to avoid.

“Kanye” trended on Twitter worldwide, with more than half a million tweets. Even the phrase “Oval Office” had more than 100,000 tweets on its own.

Picking it apart, some focused on the absurd, like Kanye’s all-zeroes passcode to his phone:

Or when he said Trump should replace Air Force One with an “iPlane.”

Or when he said he loved Hillary Clinton but her campaign slogan didn’t make him feel like a guy that could play catch with his son.

Or when Kanye said a Make America Great Again hat makes him feel like Superman:

Kanye West: MAGA hat 'made me feel like Superman'

West spoke at length – 10 minutes uninterrupted at one point, reportedly – and he and the president touched on a range of topics that included serious subjects the two agreed on, like the right to bear arms, and ones where they differ, such as stop-and-frisk policies which Trump recently endorsed and West is against.

Throughout, West commanded a congenial, notably free-flowing atmosphere.

"Trump is on his hero’s journey right now,” he said. “He might not have thought he’d have a crazy (expletive) like (me) supporting him.”

The somewhat surreal scene drew comparisons to when President Richard Nixon hosted Elvis at the White House in 1970.

It was, predictably, a scene that drew condemnation from some, praise from some, and, from some others, general disinterest.

Some, however, had a much wider perspective: