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Obama Digs Dylan, the Stones

From a longish Rolling Stone interview that went online today:

My iPod now has about 2,000 songs, and it is a source of great pleasure to me. I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff. There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.

A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need.

Thanks to Reggie [Love, the president’s personal aide], my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert. Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.

Also a very interesting take on his meeting with Dylan:

Here’s what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you’d expect he would be. He wouldn’t come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn’t want to take a picture with me; usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn’t show up to that. He came in and played “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. Finishes the song, steps off the stage — I’m sitting right in the front row — comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it — then he left. That was our only interaction with him. And I thought: That’s how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don’t want him to be all cheesin’ and grinnin’ with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat.

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10 Responses to Obama Digs Dylan, the Stones

  1. This cannot be a verbatim account of what our President said in an interview.
    O could not have said that his daughters are “hipping me to things”, nor did he refer to Bob Dylan in this way “you don’t want him to be cheesin’ and grinnin’ with you”.
    The POTUS does not say “my rap palate has improved”.
    These are the words of a street-wise, lower class Black man who didn’t have the benefit of an education at the best colleges in the US.

  2. I re-read the article/hit piece. It could have been titled “The Professor Speaks”. The words attributed to O are spoken in a clear and precise way, arranged in neat paragraphs, slanted to his point of view, lots of big words used correctly and sounds suspiciously like a written speech. Asked about his music, he speaks in a street slang, drops his “g”s, doesn’t complete sentences in proper English and brings his children into the conversation.

    Either O’s “evil twin” took over the interview or the RS was p.o.ed that they got the prewritten answers instead of a real interview so they threw the real thing into the article.

  3. By the way, Keith–groovy? I once blurted “Far out, solid and groovy” in the presence of my 28-year-old and she wheeled on me and said, “Don’t EVER say that again.”

  4. I think Star is right, I think it was fake “street” talking. Obama has no street cred whatsoever, except for the color of his skin, and even then, many African Americans beleive that he’s “shuckin’ and jivin’ ” using his status as a “black” President to raise or sink issues. Face it: he’s a former college professor, millionaire, rich, elite, and his religion is the effacacious grace of Almighty Government. He shares no relationship with black (or white) people on that.

  5. Next we will hear about his favorite childhood book, unless it was the koran. Maybe how he feels about socks, or how he feels about the approach of Autumn.

    Is this part of the torture that they promised us? That up to election time we would “get to know the man Obama?” It sure feels like torture to me.