Even though Obama specifically says in his June 25, 2008 interview in Rolling Stone that he owns an iPod, some Philadelphia blogger with a plunger on his face claims to have seen Obama working out with a Zune. Yes, I know this is the dumbest fucking story of the century and I apologize in advance, but I’d just like to point out that Neal Santos may secretly own stock in Microsoft’s Zune project and may be trying to give it a bump.
Obama waxed rhapsodic about his favorite artists, many of whom — Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Jay-Z — have shown him love with endorsements.
“If I had one musical hero, it would have to be Stevie Wonder,” says Obama, who grew up on Seventies R&B and rock staples including Earth, Wind and Fire, Elton John and the Rolling Stones. “When I was at that point where you start getting involved in music, Stevie had that run with Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Fulfillingness’ First Finale and Innervisions, and then Songs in the Key of Life. Those are as brilliant a set of five albums as we’ve ever seen.”
Wonder shares room on Obama’s iPod with “everything from Howlin’ Wolf to Yo-Yo Ma to Sheryl Crow,” he says. “And I have probably 30 Dylan songs on my iPod.” Though he’s partial to 1975’s Blood on the Tracks, “Maggie’s Farm” is “one of my favorites during the political season,” says Obama. “It speaks to me as I listen to some of the political rhetoric.”
This may actually be up there with the “boxers or briefs” question Clinton was asked on MTV during his campaign.
But seriously though, you can’t run an election claiming you own an iPod and garnering people’s votes then after you win suddenly start toting around a Zune. That’s just not cool. It’s likely to give the impression that politicians aren’t trustworthy or something.