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But Why Isn’t Obama Bowing To Bob Dylan?

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Famous 1960s’ icon Barack Obama had a chance to meet up-and-coming rock singer Bob Dylan a couple of weeks ago. Dylan performed a song called “The Times They Are A-Changin’,” about how global warming was made up by Al Gore to hurt Wall Street. [White House Flickr]

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58 comments

  1. Norbert

    Well, my telephone rang it would not stop
    It’s President Obama callin’ me up
    He said, “My friend, Bob, what do we need to make
    the country grow” ?
    I said, “My friend, Barry, “Brigitte Bardot,
    Anita Ekberg
    Sophia Loren”
    Country’ll grow.

  2. Norbert

    “Have you heard the news?” he said with a grin
    “The Vice President’s gone mad”
    “Where?” “Downtown.” “When?” “Last night”
    “Hmm, say, that’s too bad”

  3. Terry

    [re=520537]Dreamer[/re]:

    Oh, he had an affair with his mother-in-law while his wife was pregnant with their child. He explained it away by saying the affair “stopped short of sex”. That sounds like something high schoolers would say when they were actually corn holing out at a construction site.

  4. smitallica

    BO: “Mr. Dylan, it’s a pleasure to meet you. My wife and I have loved your music since we were kids.”

    BD: “Heeeeewuuuuuuhh. Nahurrrrrrr heeeee. Niiiiiiiiiiiii mo hawrrrrrrrrrrr. Watcha parkin’ meterrrr.”

  5. Dreamer

    [re=520548]Terry[/re]: I think he was 19 at the time so maybe that excuse is valid but having an affair with your mother-in-law, yuck.

  6. JMP

    If I was in Obama’s place, this could be more exciting than the actual getting elected President. I do wonder if old Bob had some words on the current economy:

    There’s an evenin’ haze settlin’ over town
    Starlight by the edge of the creek
    The buyin’ power of the proletariat’s gone down
    Money’s gettin’ shallow and weak
    Well, the place I love best is a sweet memory
    It’s a new path that we trod
    They say low wages are a reality
    If we want to compete abroad

    Meet me at the bottom, don’t lag behind
    Bring me my boots and shoes
    You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline
    Sing a little bit of these workingman’s blues

    Too bad Dylan never got to perform for W.; he could have dedicated a very special version of Idiot Wind to him.

  7. Dreamer

    Look at the smile on all of the beautiful faces (yes that includes Dylan), it’s enough to make you feel less cynical.

  8. V572625694

    [re=520556]pondscum[/re]: The Ghost of Electricity howls in the bones of her face, as some guy once said, although not about Michelle. But it does.

  9. Sussemilch

    That god damned hippy Gore keeps singing his hippy ballads all night keeping the kids awake

    Come gather ’round people
    With your houses and cars
    And admit your carbon footprint
    Has grown bigger than Mars
    And accept it that Earth
    Is rare among the stars.
    If your planet to you
    Is worth savin’
    Then you better start conservin’
    Or you’ll burn up your home
    For the Earth it is a-warmin’.

  10. KilgoreTrout_XL

    sarah,

    I wish I could write you a melody so plain
    that could hold you dear lady from going insane
    that could ease you and cool you and cease the pain
    of your useless and pointless knowledge

    Bob
    p.s. get fucked

  11. tootsieroll

    Does anyone listen to Dylan’s Theme Radio on Sirius/XM? Does he really pick that music and come up with the background, or does he just host and read copy? Because I think it’s a cool concept to listen to someone with a vast musical knowledge and think he came up with all the ideas. If it was some intern using goggle it would lose some of the cache, you know?

  12. Katydid

    Best. Kicker. Ever. Except now I can’t get the song out of my head.

    Also, as with everything else in life, there’s a Dylan song for this moment. I hope like hell old Bob gave Barry an iPod with only this song on it:

    If God’s on our side
    He’ll stop the next war
    –With God on Our Side

  13. V572625694

    Dylan buffs and gee-tahr players habituating this site, and who don’t already know about it, should go immediately to http://dylanchords.info/ which is an amazing labor of love and wonderful reference source, among other things.

  14. Strongy O

    Can someone still in touch with Juli ask her to stop spamming my Twitter with the malware? I don’t think our relationship is ready to go to that level just yet.

  15. widestanceromancer

    Did Dylan finally verify that even the president of the United States must sometimes have to stand naked?

  16. Dean Booth

    [re=520582]tootsieroll[/re]: “If it was some intern using goggle it would lose some of the cache”

    Fixed:
    “If it was some intern using goggle its cache would be cleared.”

  17. Katydid

    [re=520586]V572625694[/re]: Thanks, it looks like a great site.

    I ordered Michael Gray’s Song & Dance Man 3: The Art of Bob Dylan and Strat Masters the Definitive History of the World’s Most Famous Guitar last week. I haven’t received them yet, but I thought you might want to take a look.

    Also, my daughter recently saw It Might Get Loud, and she said it was awesome. It’s a documentary with Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White, and Bono, where they discuss their playing and their inspiration.

    I don’t play guitar, but I sure wish I did. My daughter’s got the musical talent in my family.

  18. carlgt1

    Al Gore is really persecuted beyond all belief. My right-wing buddies are always sending me “news items” of how Al should be locked up in jail for “Climategate” or some such bogus charges. It’s far worse than what we on the left did about Bush & Cheney; and at least they were actual killers who should have been locked up or put on Shutter Island or something!

  19. SayItWithWookies

    “What’s a sweetheart like you doing in a dump like this?”
    “I was about to ask you the same question.”

  20. Franklin Pierce & Pierce

    [re=520582]tootsieroll[/re]: I think he works with a Producer to develop the content and do some of the writing, though fromw hat I understand they do have a small writing staff. but I can’t imagine him just reading someone else’s stuff without contributing.

    There is a website which plays an episode of the show every day at 11am EST. Check it out.

    http://www.dylanradio.com/

  21. nojmplease

    [re=520545]Norbert[/re]: Perhaps my favorite Dylan stanza of all time. It also took me awhile to figure out what earlier in the song he meant by having to sit in the back of the tub.

  22. dijetlo

    Geithner down at Goldman
    mixin’ up the medicine
    Hopeys with the old hacks
    Bitchin’ bout the kickbacks
    Man in a limo, pimped out, Pharma
    He’ll roll the damn bill, says it’s ’bout Karma

    Look out lib
    It’s somethin’ you did.
    God knows when but your doing it again
    You better duck down the alley way
    Find yourself a new friend
    The man in the Armani with the gold pen,
    says it’s a eleven hundred billion
    but we only got ten.

    Nancy talkin flat trash
    Harry says it must pass
    Pubbers in a red snit
    Tea baggers, talkin’ shit
    The fix is in anyway
    Pay money, get to play
    We get to hold a nickle back
    Lord, it’s a new day.

  23. Gorillionaire

    I noticed that Bob played a Martin dreadnought guitar at that gig, for the first time in ages. That’s what kind of geek I am.

  24. One Yield Regular

    Whenever any of my friends on the left start going off about Obama, I just point them to things like this photo and say, “Okay, so you’re disappointed, whatever, but just TRY to imagine this photo with Dubya sitting there, or Mittens, or Moosebilly, or Dick ‘Tilikum’ Cheney.”

  25. joementum

    [re=520582]tootsieroll[/re]: I love me some Theme Time Radio Hour. I choose to believe it’s all St. Bob picking the music and writing out the commentary in long-hand.

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