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Offline Rapunzel

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Dylan Won't Endorse Obama, Says Voters 'Change Their Minds'
« on: September 18, 2012, 12:36:24 AM »
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2012/09/14/dylan-refuses-endorse-obama

Dylan Won't Endorse Obama, Says Voters 'Change Their Minds'

 Breitbart News 14 Sep 2012

Rolling Stone magazine worships at the altar of President Barack Obama. So the magazine's writers apparently assume a musical legend like Bob Dylan does the same.

Not quite.

The magazine's latest edition interviews Dylan in connection to the singer's newest album, "Tempest." It's the perfect excuse to wring an Obama endorsement out of the folk icon.

Dylan wasn't biting, to put it bluntly, particularly after the singer/songwriter discussed slavery's lasting legacy on America.

    This gives Gilmore his hook: didn't Obama change all that? And isn't it so that people who don't like him don't like him because of race? Gilmore takes five different swings at getting Dylan to agree. Some of Dylan's responses: "They did the same thing to Bush, didn't they? They did the same thing to Clinton, too, and Jimmy Carter before that....Eisenhower was accused of being un-American. And wasn't Nixon a socialist? Look what he did in China. They'll say bad things about the next guy too." On Gilmore's fourth attempt, Dylan just resorts to: "Do you want me to repeat what I just said, word for word? What are you talking about? People loved the guy when he was elected. So what are we talking about? People changing their minds?"

Dylan isn't quite done mentally undressing his interrogator.

    "Would you like to see him re-elected?" Bob: I've lived through a lot of presidents. You have too! Some are re-elected and some aren't. Being re-elected isn't the mark of a great president."

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Re: Dylan Won't Endorse Obama, Says Voters 'Change Their Minds'
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 04:03:12 PM »
Bob Dylan isn't too, too surprising.

I love his responses though.

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Re: Dylan Won't Endorse Obama, Says Voters 'Change Their Minds'
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 07:51:31 PM »
A lot of the lefties out in the folk revival era, including Dylan, had some decidedly conservative streaks. Certainly they believed in the whole social justice thing, but they believed it had to come from the hearts of the individual.

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Re: Dylan Won't Endorse Obama, Says Voters 'Change Their Minds'
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 08:23:18 PM »
A lot of the lefties out in the folk revival era, including Dylan, had some decidedly conservative streaks. Certainly they believed in the whole social justice thing, but they believed it had to come from the hearts of the individual.

I think they also believed in the freedom of the individual in a more robust way than today's progressives do.

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Re: Dylan Won't Endorse Obama, Says Voters 'Change Their Minds'
« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 08:36:56 PM »
Dylan was extremely put off by first the folkies and the "Beats" and later by the rock idolaters who wanted him to be what they wanted - to champion their respective causes.  He wanted to be a musician and write personally, not politically.

He turned to very simple country for awhile in the late 60's...confusing them all.

He is not into causes and certainly never sells himself out for causes, particularly popular or political causes.
Well, George Lewis told the Englishman, the Italian and the Jew
You can't open your mind, boys, to every conceivable point of view

...Bob Dylan


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