Barack Obama loves Bob Dylan
Apparently, Barack Obama is a huge fan of Bob Dylan.
And the feeling is mutual.
In a Q & A featured in the Oct. 15 issue of Rolling Stone, Obama tells magazine co-founder Jann Wenner that Dylan is a perennial on the presidential iPod. That is, of course, when he's not listening to Nas and Lil Wayne.
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.
Obama goes on to tell a story about Dylan performing at the White House. Dylan refused to show up for rehearsal and had no interest in taking the obligatory photo with the president. The only interaction between the two was a quick handshake and smile on Dylan's way out the door.
As Obama tells it, he wouldn't have had it any other way.
The admiration is mutual. Or at least it was on the night Obama was elected, almost two years ago.
"I was born in 1941," said Dylan at a Minneapolis concert just after hearing news that Obama had been elected. "That was the year they bombed Pearl Harbor. I've been living in darkness ever since. It looks like things are going to change now."