Presidential Pop Culture

Well, readers, it’s finally happened! Obama and McCain have quit nattering on about their energy polcies (yawn) and other inconsequential blather only of interest to themselves and the ever-multiplying infestation of political pundits, and have finally started talking about something real: pop culture!

In this article at Reuters, each nominee discusses his taste in music, movies, television, superheroes, and fictional presidents. Obama’s taste in music could have come straight off my own iPod, with Bob Dylan and John Coltrane on the list, while McCain picked such snooze artists as Linda Ronstadt and ABBA (and while I may have exhibited a weakness for ABBA in the past, my heart is permanently steeled against them after having suffered through the horrors of the unforgivable Mamma Mia!).

Their taste in television reversed the score, though: Obama picked M*A*S*H and The Dick Van Dyke Show, both of which are before my time (although classics, I’ll allow), while McCain picked straight off my favorites list with Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Dexter (though I think we can all agree that a president inspired by Dexter, great as the show is, might not be such a good idea).

Now if only we could get an interview where they both comment on the noir influences visible in Veronica Mars, or perhaps engage in a Spike vs Angel debate, we could get some more interesting answers!

Oh, who am I kidding? I could never vote for a candidate who listed ABBA and Linda Ronstadt as his favorite musicians. Obama FTW!


  1. Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago on Technorati and have been reading it over the past few days.


  2. Snooze artist,Ronstadt? don’t think so.

    What may not be on YOUR IPOD, is on million of others. millions.

    By the way, I like Coltrane, picking him seems kind of pedestrian. Maybe 15 years ago but now everybody picks Dylan, Sinatra, and Coltrane to seem cool…its Kinda getting old…

    Pick somebody out of the BOX, like Ronstadt.

    And as far as Coltrane, I prefer Mingus and Thelonious Monk.


  3. DT, you seem awfully defensive about Ronstadt there! (And since you came here looking for blog posts about her, I guess that makes sense.)

    Hey, I do like that she worked with Frank Zappa, even if only on a Remington electric razor commercial.


  4. sorry, didn’t mean to ruffle your feathers, chief.

    Nope, just was searching blogs, saw this wonderful gals name, and yes disagreed. We can disagree, right?

    Nice reply by the way.


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