President Obama Weighs in on American Idol Feud

The prez foresees a peaceful resolution between Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj.

Posted: 10/16/2012 11:15 AM EDT

The buck stops with the president on matters foreign, domestic and... Idol

The now infamous feud between American Idol judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj reached all the way to the top yesterday, when President Barack Obama was asked to weigh in on the drama during a radio interview with Michael Yo in Miami. Diplomatic as always, Obama said he was confident that a peaceful resolution to the diva crisis was forthcoming.

"I think that they are going to be able to sort it out, I am confident," he said. "I'm 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."

Though Obama was sure to praise both artists, he did note that he had more of a personal connection with Carey, who has helped his campaign in the past.

"Mariah, she's actually done some events for us and she's a lovely person, both her and Nick [Canon]," he said. "Nicki, I don't know, but I've got her on my iPod."

Whether arbitration from the highest office in the land is enough to smooth things over between the dueling pop stars remains to be seen. After tensions erupted earlier this month in an off-camera shouting match, Carey reportedly hired extra security, telling Barbara Walters that she was concerned for her safety.

Jennifer Hudson and Cee Lo Green are among the notable superstars who have also given their opinions on the matter.

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