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Barack Obama's iPod Playlist Revealed

Barack Obama's iPod Playlist Revealed

President Barack Obama sits down with Rolling Stone in the White House’s Oval Office for its October 15 issue.

Here’s what the 49-year-old Commander in Chief had to say about his presidency, what’s new on his iPod, and what makes him cry.

On what surprised him during the first two years in office: “Over the past two years, what I probably anticipated but you don’t fully appreciate until you’re in the job, is something I said earlier, which is if a problem is easy, it doesn’t hit my desk. If there’s an obvious solution, it never arrives here – somebody else has solved it a long time ago. The issues that cross my desk are hard and complicated, and oftentimes involve the clash not of right and wrong, but of two rights. And you’re having to balance and reconcile against competing values that are equally legitimate.”

On his iPod’s 2,000 song collection: “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.”

On wife Michelle and daughters Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12: “Whenever I think about my wife, she can choke me up. My wife and my kids, they’ll get to me.”

For the full interview, including Barack‘s thoughts on his critics, the war and the economy, go to!

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  • Helloyea?

    Rolling Stone bores me with all it’s Obama covers! Enough already.

  • T Pain

    There is a “get the look” on his pic, lol

  • gaunt

    FIGHTS BACK…..against what?! His wretched Health Care bill was passed, his wretched bail outs were passed, oh, and now his wretched 50 billion dollar stimulas that apparantly wasn’t enough to ”restimulate” the economy is going to be passed. The truth, the truth is that popularity won this man the presidentcy and because people aren’t seeing through his fodder any more he’s panicking, as he should. Creature.

  • Bonnie

    Give the Man a chance!!!When he came into this JOB it was a MESS!!!!!!!!


    his ipod are you kidding, how about not running this country into the ground

  • hmm

    @Helloyea?: Would you rather have a cover with The Hills girls on it?

  • daa

    Something about the president on the cover of Rolling Stone makes me uncomfortable, although it’s nice to see them focus on politics. Obama seems like a very cool person, but as president…not so much.

  • Hillary

    One thing we don’t need to hear from a prez is what makes him cry. Time to man up Barry, and quit giving the corporations and banks all our money. btw, Rolling Stone sux. Completely. Worthless.

  • sillyme

    Every time he talks about his music choices, it’s always rap. Good grief, all those music concerts he and Michelle have been having at the White House haven’t expanded his music tastes? We get it, Mr. President, you’re cool, you’re hip, you like rap.

    Isn’t the Rolling Stone audience a bunch of Baby Boomer’s anyway? If he’s trying to reach young people, I doubt he’ll do it through Rolling Stone.

  • love

    love him! and pleaaaase give the man a break! he is doing his job well!

  • mary

    @daa: you are an idiot

  • mary

    @Hillary: you are an idiot too

  • mary

    @gaunt: shut up loser

  • Ms Bar Jolie Gaga

    I LOVE my President. He works so hard Look how grey he got but still looks great. President Obama, we understand this was a tough job you undertook. We understand Rome was not build in a day. We are in it for the long haul. You were attacked since the beginning of your career by the “just say no” Repubs. We are Americans. We stand by our Leader. May you stay strong! Obama 2012!

  • Ms Bar Jolie Gaga

    Mary I HEART you!

  • michaboa

    some of you lack comprehension skills. im all for constrcutive criticism but some of you are just making blanket statements without any credible alternative as to what you would do. change is never immmediate, the sooner you realisie that the better. easy to criticise when your not the one doing the job. though it is necessary to make him accountable to his polices and to the american public, can we lay off the insults and baseless accusatory remarks?

  • laterna

    His Lady is so ugly! I don’t remember First Lady as ugly as she is. What a bad taste to choose her outfit, too. That makes me laugh every time I read someone call her fashion icon.

  • slr0328

    @michaboa: Obama has spent over 2 trillion dollars in 18 months, compared to Bush who spent $750 Billion from 2001 through 2008 for the war and defense. (Defense issues in 2001 occurred as a direct result from a liittle event called 911.) Since I support limited government ,growth of private sector jobs,and I do not believe in the concept of too big to fail, I am not really a big Bush supporter or Obama supporter. If you are however, for huge government,high taxes,hostile unions,intrusive government policies and a nanny state than Obama is your man. It is as simple as that!-end of story.


    @sillyme @ 09/29/2010 at 5:39 am -1
    Every time he talks about his music choices, it’s always rap. Good grief, all those music concerts he and Michelle have been having at the White House haven’t expanded his music tastes?


    What music have you been listening to lately? What have you discovered, what speaks to you these days?
    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.

  • rhonda

    Rolling Stone took out his top General a few months ago. Gen McChrystal had to resign and GWB General was put back in charge of the war. What loyalty this man has NOT

  • aw…

    “Hipping” LOL!

  • lylian

    Have anyone of youthought that without the stimulus the US would be seeing 25% unemployment. Not impossible. Cheqk your history. 1930s depression. No healthcare for those who are unemployed. Lovely lovely America for some, but for so many, what a terrible night mare.
    Not every country with a welfare system which gives good health care is broke or breaking. Scandinavia, Canada, NZ, Australia. Even in the UK with the infamous NHS, people still have better health outcomes then in the US for LESS MONEY.
    Somethng is terribly wrong with American Healthcare system. Just check the research.
    Glad I don’t live in america.

  • Halli

    Jared, Obama talked about all the other music he listens too. He listens to rock and classical music. Not just hip hop. Sheesh!

  • Nicole


    Um Obama had to spend money to get out of the hole George Bush and 8 years of republicans have contributed and it was Bush who contributed to the MAJORITY of this debt the US now has. So nice to see your memory is crap.

  • Lane

    Former Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter have come out to say they think Obama has done an incredible job to get his agenda passed despite the fact he is dealing with the most corrupt and partisan Congress EVER. If anyone can measure the work ethic of a President I am sure it is other Presidents. Obama has and is doing all he can when all Republicans want to do is run the country into the ground so they can get back into power but they have no solutions. Just the same old tired crap

  • Ronda

    @love: I whole heartedly agree with your comment. Thanks for some positivity.

  • Ronda

    @michaboa: Everything I would have said but you said it better. Thanks!

  • Tiffany

    Oh good grief – the man sucks and yet they try to make him as though he is the best the thing in the world…why doesnt he focus on our country and the hole he as made bigger than sitting down with magazines and talking about nothing…

  • slr0328

    @Nicole: I do not worship Bush or Obama. I am an Independent who disagrees with the president’s policies. There is no need to escalate discussion with obscenities. I disagree with the concept of spending to jump start the economy. We have spent over a trillion dollars in stimulus that has only increased the unemployment rate from 7.6% to 9.6%. We have created a trillion plus healthcare plan that is unsustainable. My insurance rates have just increased by 24% due to this change. I preferred the Republican approach where Insurance companies could compete across state lines which would create competition and drive down costs. It would have been cheaper to provide subsidies for those individuals who did not have insurance. The president in 18 months has I believe over tripled the deficit that was created under the Bush administration-2000-2008. Regulations were in place prior to the financial disaster but they were not enforced. There were major warning signs regarding Fannie and Freddie but Frank,Dodd and democrats voted against reforming those entities in 2007. This was the root cause of the financial mess. Since Democrats were leaders in both House and Senate from 2006-2010 you can not put all the blame on Bush. Both parties are responsible for this mess. Bush should have pushed harder for the Fannie and Freddie reform. Bottom line we are trillions of dollars in debt to China and I believe Obama’s policies are directed towards creation of big government,expansion of unions and have exacerbated the U.S. financial mess. I do believe I am allowed a view or is this no longer a free country?

  • jack

    I’m so sorry that I fell for this creep and voted for him. I apologize to my fellow citizens for my stupidity.

  • puppet

    he’s just another illuminati puppet featured in an article for another illuminati publication.

  • gaut

    @mary: And…and l say that neither you NOR Obama know how to fix the economy. The government does NOT know how to create jobs what it does it redistribute the wealth of those who have earned it, okay? Read a book on Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal. Get educated.

  • dee

    Let me ask to those who dislike the president, would you rather have sell-out McCain as president? Pres. Obama is not perfect but I’d rather have him as a leader than McCain. that’s my opinion.

  • sam

    Obama haters get over it. Don’t forget that this President WALKED INTO A HUGE MESS with the economy, 2 wars in progress, a financial institution melt down, and a health care disaster and…..and…..and…..and… The republicans got us here…thanks for the Bush administration and the arrogance of the Republicans in office. Now this President has to deal with the results of this non-sense and mess they put us through.
    President Obama is NOT A MAGICIAN! Time to stick together and get our butts out of this mess. He cannot force the republicans to do and vote for everything he stands for. At least he is the first President we every had that can speak and we understand the language. Despite Bush who could not speak English and running our country. DEAL WITH IT Morons and support our Presdient. It takes time for change.

  • sam

    @NOBAMA: You are a moron. He is entitled to listen to music he is not your slave…thank the Bush administration for this mess we are in He is not a Magician.. Bush spent his free time riding his horses and trying to figure out how to speak english…:)

  • you make me

    Bit it Bammy you neo-commi hack. You’re presidency resembles a puddle of week old pavement pizza. As does you wife.

    Your children however are quite fetching.

  • boston61




    Lane, you’re an idiot. Obama has a democratic House and Senate, he has no trouble passing whatever legislation he wants. There is no reason for the Repubs to rubber stamp whatever he wants, that is not their job. Further, Clinton never made any such comment. Politicos know that Bill Clinton can’t stand Obama. Bill Clinton, btw, had a repub House and Senate to deal with for most of his 8 years, and yet balanced the budget and oversaw the longest period of prosperity in decades. All Obama has done is take more vacations, have more golf and sports dates, hold more expensive parties and campaign more than any other prez in history. His one “achievement”, his health reform, will likely be overturn, and many states are already suing over its unconstitutionality. Have you even looked at it? No one can understand it, and the creeps that voted for it didn’t even bother to read it. It was written by lobbyists. Obama is a total failure. Loves to campaign, be famous and have fun. Hates to work.

  • to nobama

    as opposed to GW; you know the previous president. the one who started a whole of lot trouble. the man with the lowest rating as president in american history.

  • to gaunt

    oh yes, the health bill. but let me guess, you want the united states of america not to have universal health care like nations in the so called third world: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ghana etc. Even china has health care for its people.

    no, you and your friends would like to keeping sitting back and watching as 40 million of your fellow citizens continue to exist with out any health care coverage at all. you want your fellow americans to have to choose between going to the doctor when sick or paying their rent.

    you want your fellow americans to choose between buying food or buying the medicine they need to survive. and when the working poor lose what little health care they have because they can no longer afford to pay the premiums you don’t give a damn. to put it bluntly, you are care more about the money than you do about people.

  • laverdadduele

    I can’t wait to get this clown out of the white house – what a joke! 2012 can’t come soon enough.

  • to 41

    of course he’s a clown. obama cares about people not money; unlike the republicans and the members of the tea party.

  • Ms Bar Jolie Gaga

    Oh let the Repubtards stick to their witchcraft, dancing with the stars high school preggers kids, and seeing Russian from their houses. They are the party of mediocre. Pay you rbills O’Donnel and Palin stop pimping your teenage pregnancy loose daughter. The teapartiers and Repubs are so ignorant. I mean Odonnel thinks we bred humans with mice! Are you serious? Whatever. President Obama, we support you. Funny the repubs who were so patriotic decided to put down our Leader from day ONE. Hypocrites.

  • laverdadduele

    Obama Manure 100% B.S.

  • Chris

    All the cool kids bump Nas :)

  • blair

    how about…Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey GOOD BYE!

  • Surgery for Spinal Stenosis

    his ipod are you kidding, how about not running this country into the ground