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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 RollingStone.com!

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# 1
Helloyea? @ 09/29/2010 at 2:23 am

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

# 2

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

# 3

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.

# 4

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

# 5

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

# 6

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

# 7

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.

# 8

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.

# 9

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

@daa: you are an idiot

@Hillary: you are an idiot too

@gaunt: shut up loser

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!

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?

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.

@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?

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WHAT A STUPID DUMBF.UCK YOU ARE. WELL SINCE YOU MAY BE ABLE TO READ BUT CLEARLY LACK COMPREHENSION SKILLS, HERE’S WHAT A LITTLE TRIP OVER TO ROLLINGSTONEDOTCOM REVEALED ABOUT THE QUESTION TO THE PRESIDENT ABOUT HIS MUSIC TASTE, AND HIS COMPLETE ANSWER, YA F.UCKING REETARD:
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What music have you been listening to lately? What have you discovered, what speaks to you these days?
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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.
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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.
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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.

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

“Hipping” LOL!

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.
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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.
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Somethng is terribly wrong with American Healthcare system. Just check the research.
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Glad I don’t live in america.
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Jared, Obama talked about all the other music he listens too. He listens to rock and classical music. Not just hip hop. Sheesh!

@slr0328:

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.

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

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