One of the pitfalls of being the president of the United States is that you have a dedicated press corps tracking your every move, decision, meal, meeting, etc. Every day, there’s a different story, whether world-changing or mundane. And while much of that world-changing information is important to the American people, let’s face it: What we really want to know is what President Obama listens to on his iPod.
Luckily for us, Rolling Stone recently sat down with our commander in chief to discuss these important details (in addition, of course, to thousands of words pegged to Obama’s policy-making and political agenda). Here’s what he had to say about the state of his MP3 player:
“My iPod now has about 2,000 songs, and it is a source of great pleasure to me,” Obama told the magazine. “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.”
In addition to his old standards, and a little opera every now and then, the president revealed that, thanks to his personal aide Reggie Love, his “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,” he revealed. “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.”
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