President Barack Obama’s iPod could pass for a voter outreach tool. Interviewed recently on Cincinnati radio station WIZF, Obama ran through his musical tastes, an eclectic and all-encompassing list of artists and tracks that reflect the varied coalition of voters he is seeking to attract.
Asked what was on the “presidential iPod,” Obama replied that he had “a pretty good mix.”
“I’ve got old school – Stevie Wonder, James Brown. I’ve got Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan,” he said.
There are also plenty of tracks that young voters might have downloaded to their own collections.
“And then I’ve got everything from Jay-Z, to Eminem, to the Fugees, to you name it. There’s probably not a group that you play that I don’t have on my iPod,” Obama told the station’s E.J. Greig.
For the voters whose tastes are more esoteric, “I’ve got some jazz – John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gil Scott-Heron,” the president said, adding, “You’ve got to mix it up. It just depends on what mood I’m in.”
No mention of The Boss, Bruce Springsteen, who has been campaigning for Obama, including in Wisconsin. And he apparently doesn't have any bootleg of Bill Clinton on saxophone.
Or country music. That vote tends to tilt to the other guy.