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Obama: I Can Sing

Of course you can. You're brilliant at everything. And no one loves you more than Rolling Stone magazine:

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What do you read regularly to keep you informed or provide you with perspectives beyond the inner circle of your advisers?
[Laughs] Other than Rolling Stone?

That goes without saying.
I don't watch a lot of TV news. I don't watch cable at all. I like The Daily Show, so sometimes if I'm home late at night, I'll catch snippets of that. I think Jon Stewart's brilliant. It's amazing to me the degree to which he's able to cut through a bunch of the nonsense for young people in particular, where I think he ends up having more credibility than a lot of more conventional news programs do.

I spend a lot of time just reading reports, studies, briefing books, intelligence assessments.


So, Sarah Palin's mistake in answering this question was not kissing Jon Stewart's butt first before not really answering the question. In fact, Obama proves in this answer that he didn't really understand the question. "Beyond the inner circle of your advisers" means everything but "reports, studies, briefing books, intelligence assessments". Oh, but you're so brilliant, Mr. President. You watch the same comically low rated TV show I do. Here, let me help you by giving you some examples of what I want you to say (because, dude, you really botched this question by sucking up and then talking about TV and how you don't watch cable but watch Jon Stewart who's on cable).

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Newspapers?
I'll thumb through all the major papers in the morning. I'll read the Times and Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, just to catch up.

Do you read Paul Krugman?
I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman's obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going. There are a handful of blogs, Andrew Sullivan's on the Daily Beast being an example, that combine thoughtful analysis with a sampling of lots of essays that are out there. The New Yorker and The Atlantic still do terrific work. Every once in a while, I sneak in a novel or a nonfiction book.

I thought you were going to say Playboy.
No [laughs].


Yes.

Har har har. We're so funny arent' we Mr. President?

But here's the height of cocky boor meets sycophantic leg humper:

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Most people, when you ask them to sing in public, get kind of nervous about it they don't really want to do it. But you got up there at the Apollo Theater and nailed Al Green. What was going through your head when they asked you to do it? Did you know you were going to nail it?

The truth is, here's exactly what happened. It was my fifth event of the day. It's about 10:30 at night, and we go up to the Apollo. I wanted to hear Al Green. The guys who were working the soundboard in the back, a couple of real good guys, they say, "Oh, man, you missed the Reverend, but he was terrific, he was in rare form." So I was frustrated by that. Since I was on my fifth event and had been yakking away for several hours on all kinds of policy stuff, I just kind of broke into a rendition of "Let's Stay Together." And they're like, "Oh, so the president, you can sing, man. You should do that onstage." [Senior adviser] Valerie Jarrett was with us, and she was like [whispers, making a slashing motion across his throat], "No, no..." I said, "Yeah, I'll do that. You don't think I can do that onstage?" I looked at [press secretary] Jay Carney, and he was tired too, and he said, "Yeah, go for it." So I went up there and we did it.

I can sing. I wasn't worried about being able to hit those notes.


What was going through your head when you made me feel funny like the time we used to climb the rope in gym class? Were you nervous when you got up there to be awesome. I was nervous for you.

Look, this is the same Rolling Stone whose editing staff still hasn't inducted the following into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, KISS and Rush. So it should come as no surprise that they would treat him, a man as un-rock and roll as can be, like he's Madonna about to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Shame.

If, as Dick Morris is predicting, the mainstream media ends up turning on Obama, Rolling Stone will be one of the last ones hanging on. It'll be them on one leg and Chris Matthews on the other.

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The mainstream media turning on Obama? What kind of alternative Star Trek TNG timeline did that thought cross over from?

They'll pull a Jonestown before they quit bowing th "Teh Won".
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I wish you could edit these things....

Not "th", but "to"....
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Crawdaddy550, on 26 April 2012 - 08:15 PM, said:

The mainstream media turning on Obama? What kind of alternative Star Trek TNG timeline did that thought cross over from?They'll pull a Jonestown before they quit bowing th "Teh Won".


I got it from Dick Morris...

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“There are two factors that make the media liberal,” Morris said. “One is that the reporters are liberal, but the other fact is that the media tends to react to what it last did badly. So, for example, it was relatively mild toward Bush during the early years of his administration after 9/11. And then it overcompensated by being too harsh during the Iraq war. And then when Obama got elected they said, ‘Oh wow, we just ruined a presidency with Bush. Maybe we’ll be nicer to Obama.’ And I think you will begin to see a bit of a pendulum swing against Obama even though the media itself is liberal.”


I don't necessarily agree with him, but it at least sounds plausible.
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Do you read Paul Krugman?
I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman's obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going. There are a handful of blogs...


Krugman? Krugman ???? Well, there are worse economists I suppose. Krugman is way too much into the righteousness of income redistribution for me. Or maybe that's what Obama sees in him.

If I had to pick an economist who is generally conservative in overall outlook even if occasionally a bit liberal on specific points, someone whom I mostly agreed with but was independant enough that I thought I could 'sell' them to a Democrat president, I'd pick Robert Reich. Paul Krugman wouldn't even be on the short list.
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Adam Smithee, on 26 April 2012 - 09:53 PM, said:

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Do you read Paul Krugman?I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman's obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going. There are a handful of blogs...
Krugman? Krugman ???? Well, there are worse economists I suppose. Krugman is way too much into the righteousness of income redistribution for me. Or maybe that's what Obama sees in him.If I had to pick an economist who is generally conservative in overall outlook even if occasionally a bit liberal on specific points, someone whom I mostly agreed with but was independant enough that I thought I could 'sell' them to a Democrat president, I'd pick Robert Reich. Paul Krugman wouldn't even be on the short list.

Reich is on my short list, too. Not because he's a good economist, though.
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Mr. Naron, on 26 April 2012 - 10:07 PM, said:

Reich is on my short list, too. Not because he's a good economist, though.

Oooh, I walked right into that one.
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Adam Smithee, on 26 April 2012 - 11:48 PM, said:

Mr. Naron, on 26 April 2012 - 10:07 PM, said:

Reich is on my short list, too. Not because he's a good economist, though.
Oooh, I walked right into that one.


See what I did there?
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Just for fun, here are some samples of "[The New] 'Rolling Stone' Album Guide," printed during the W years:

Referring to Rage Against the Machine: "It's hard to say whether it was [the band's] good fortune or misfortune to have flourished during the Clinton years rather than the Constitution-shredding age of John Ashcroft, when a revolution-rallying rock band led by a black man and a Chicano would surely have confronted the specter of Guantanamo Bay....".

About the aftermath of RATM's stormy run: "After which another good band on the way to greatness bit the dust. Truly a loss for the ages, especially in this age of right-wing terror. A ***damn pity too."

On Donna Summer: "[Her] discography falls apart after 1980: She divorced, changed labels and producers several times, remarried proclaimed herself born again, moved to Nashville Not much of her post-1980 work is in print. (Hard to say why; maybe God is punishing her for blaspheming her gay fans.)"

RS, in its special edition of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time," was absolutely gleeful in relating Bush's gaffe on Oprah Winfrey's T.V. show back in 2000 that his favorite song was "Wake Up, Little Susie" by Buddy Holly; it was actually done by the Everly Brothers.

The magazine used to be more balanced in its political coverage before the 1990's, but clearly it is all about stumping for the Dems now.
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