YOU JUST STOOD THERE GRINNING  8:58 am February 26, 2010

But Why Isn’t Obama Bowing To Bob Dylan?

by Ken Layne

'Come senators, congressmen, Please heed the call ....'
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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TGY February 26, 2010 at 9:06 am


Terry February 26, 2010 at 9:10 am

I commend Dylan for not getting a facelift, although that hair is suspiciously brown.

Dreamer February 26, 2010 at 9:11 am

Come on Ken, you gotta cover this story about the Georgia county replacing a rep who had an affair with a lobbyist with one who had an affair with his mother-in-law. You cannot make this shit up.

memzilla February 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

Wow, Bob Dylan is 9 years older than Highway 61. The times, they are a-wrinklin’.

Norbert February 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

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.

Norbert February 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

“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”

Terry February 26, 2010 at 9:20 am


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.

rafflesinc February 26, 2010 at 9:21 am

[re=520548]Terry[/re]: He’s just channeling Bill Clinton; he got some oral.

contentsunderpressure February 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

Whores! They. Are. All. Whores.

But the pay is good!

SwanSwanH February 26, 2010 at 9:23 am


pondscum February 26, 2010 at 9:27 am

I can’t get over what an attractive couple they are. Barack and Michele, not Barack and Dylan.

smitallica February 26, 2010 at 9:30 am

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.”

Dreamer February 26, 2010 at 9:32 am

[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.

JMP February 26, 2010 at 9:34 am

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.

Cape Clod February 26, 2010 at 9:34 am

Dylan once dated Mavis Staples, so if I was Barack I would keep Michelle on a short leash.

Dreamer February 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

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

V572625694 February 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

[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.

norbizness February 26, 2010 at 9:37 am

Oh me oh my I love that Geritol Pie.

Mr Blifil February 26, 2010 at 9:42 am

You gotta serve somebody.

forgracie February 26, 2010 at 9:45 am

Middle East peace right there–a jew and a muslin shaking hands. Peace brothers!

Sussemilch February 26, 2010 at 9:46 am

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’.

F*T*S* February 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

“You could use a breath mint there Bob.”

KilgoreTrout_XL February 26, 2010 at 9:50 am


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

p.s. get fucked

Tlmsd February 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

[re=520562]Cape Clod[/re]: that’s why I keep my man on a short leash around queers… Oh wait…

kapish February 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

Two enigmatic show biz people.

tootsieroll February 26, 2010 at 9:54 am

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?

Katydid February 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

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

magic titty February 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

[re=520554]SwanSwanH[/re]: Winner.

V572625694 February 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

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

plowman February 26, 2010 at 10:16 am

Awww, that’s nice that Bob Dylan is still alive.

Strongy O February 26, 2010 at 10:17 am

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.

OhPleeze February 26, 2010 at 10:17 am

What’s the problem? It’s Georgia! That’s perfectly, almost, acceptable! Geez.

OhPleeze February 26, 2010 at 10:18 am

Ooops! Sorry: I was commenting to “Dreamer”.

widestanceromancer February 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

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

Surfeit O' February 26, 2010 at 10:34 am

[re=520600]widestanceromancer[/re]: Presidents have to go through airport security, too?

predilectrix February 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

That picture makes me so happy. I didn’t think Bob could pull the corners of his mouth that high.

Dean Booth February 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

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

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

coolcatdaddy February 26, 2010 at 10:41 am

[re=520570]Mr Blifil[/re]: Republican version: You gotta serf somebody.

Katydid February 26, 2010 at 10:45 am

[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.

MzNicky February 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

Shouldn’t Michelle be wearing a leopard-skin pillbox hat?

carlgt1 February 26, 2010 at 10:51 am

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!

SayItWithWookies February 26, 2010 at 11:15 am

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

Franklin Pierce & Pierce February 26, 2010 at 11:23 am

[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.

nojmplease February 26, 2010 at 11:32 am

[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.

dijetlo February 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

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.

Marlowe February 26, 2010 at 11:49 am

Even the president of the united states sometimes has to stand naked

tootsieroll February 26, 2010 at 11:58 am

[re=520643]Franklin Pierce & Pierce[/re]: Hey that’s cool. Thanks.

artpepper February 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

That’s not a handshake, that’s how you slip someone a dime bag.

Gorillionaire February 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

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.

proudgrampa February 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm

[re=520620]MzNicky[/re]: Wish I’d thought of that! LOL!

Barry White Zombie February 26, 2010 at 12:44 pm

[re=520561]JMP[/re]: I’d like to think a show for W would include a “Masters of War.”

Sharkey February 26, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I must admit, I felt a little uneasy
When Bob bent down to tie O’s shoe…

One Yield Regular February 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

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.”

joementum February 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

[re=520554]SwanSwanH[/re]: “Play it loud…”

joementum February 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

[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.

Katydid February 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

[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.

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.

artbot2000 February 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm

I do love me some Dylan, but in that photo he looks just like Golda Meir.

liquiddaddy February 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

He might be asking if it’s OK to park his car in back while he takes nap.

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