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The Obamas to Go Country

The White House is amplifying its grab for votes in what is traditionally Republican-leaning territory with a performance of country music at the White House.

The event will to be hosted by the Obamas Nov. 21, just one day after the first lady appears as the Grand Marshal of the season-ending NASCAR Ford 400 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida.

Fans of NASCAR and country music often overlap and represent key voter segments in portions of battleground states like  Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Missouri and Missouri.

Among the performers on the bill are Lauren Alaina, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Mickey, Darius Rucker and James Taylor.

The event, which will include remarks by President Obama, will be broadcast on PBS Nov. 23.

31 thoughts on “The Obamas to Go Country”

  1. Although none of their music has touched my ears (when I listen to country I prefer the real stuff, not the modern pop-country hybrid) it’s nice to see The Band Perry do well since we share a hometown.

  2. Just what we need..another taxpayer funded gala. Also looks like they had to scrape the barrel for country entertainment. Never heard of most of them and James Taylor is about as country as Lady Gaga. Might as well tell him to save his breath. He’s whistling past the graveyard if he thinks he’s going to win over the country folks.

  3. Of course, country western music at the WhiteHouse. Brilliant idea!
    May I suggest the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, the Chanting Monks of St Berlano or the Tub Thumpers (blue grass) band for the next musical evening?
    A cowboy poetry night, the Scottish Brigrade’s bagpipers, or the heavy metal band known as Brain Squeeze would be entertaining, too.

    Just gatherin’ votes, one at a time.

  4. I went to the NASCAR web site after hearing that Mrs. O would be there for the final race in florida. I was amazed that a good 95% of those commenting were against her being there. A number of fans stated that they had sold their tickets for this event. Best one I saw was when several people suggested giving the honor to the man who did the song for monday night football and was recently let go – Merle Haggard??

    1. I read many of the comments on the NASCAR site. Those people are not happy. Several posters urged race fans to turn their backs on Mooch when she’s introduced. It will be interesting to see if that happens and, if so, whether the presstitutes cover it.

      1. Their reaction doesn’t surprise me at all. NASCAR fans are hardcore, loyal Americans who are proud of their country…they know a hypocrite and a fake (Mooch) when they see one.

  5. wouldn’t you love to have been a fly on the wall during that conversation? “OK Barack, I’m already supposed to go to some stupid redneck NASCAR event. now you expect me to sit there with a smile on my face and listen to cracker music all nite?”

    the thought of Michelle having to pretend to be enjoying herself completely makes up for any irritation I feel at funding yet another glittering gala.

  6. “When people who don’t know me well, black or white, discover my background (and it is usually a discovery, for I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of twelve or thirteen, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites),…”

    Must really suck to have to ingratiate yourself with Whites, eh Barack?

  7. I thought you wrote FEAR “of NASCAR and country music often overlap.”

    These people thought they could do without the whities and so we had musical events of color and visiting schoolclasses of color and all kinds of things of color that feature BO&MO’s “people.” They knew the bigots of color and the liberals of self-hating whiteness would eat this up.

    Now they see that they may need a few white votes besides of of the Obots of Whiteness and so we see these obviously contrived whitey events.

    Shamelessness on ahistoric level.

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  9. Fool me once! What a joke who would buy this drivel. Also this is not exactly
    the cream of country music is it? Instead of vote getting all this does is make
    both Obama’s look stupid but at least MO will get new clothes and a party,
    after all it is all about them isn’t it always? This alone proves he’s too stupid
    to be President.

  10. Some on the performers list are not what I’d call real country, especially James Taylor. You’d never find Hank Williams on the list or many other die hard conservative singers from my neck of the woods.

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