President Obama may be running the most Mac-friendly White House to date — including launching the health care reform program from a MacBook Pro — and even though he famously quipped he was too clumsy to work an iPod, he has now opened his iPod playlist for Rolling Stone — at the tail end of an exhaustive interview — to reveal what music gets him moving.
Like a lot of people, the 2,000-tracks on Obama’s Apple MP3 player skew towards old favorites:
“I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff. There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.”
To infuse some new life into his old school tastes, he gets suggestions from his personal aide, Reggie Love.
“(Thanks to Reggie) my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert.”
Obama, who once gave the gift of iPod to the Queen of England, says his daughters are now getting old enough to share the tunes with dad.
“Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.”
Via Rolling Stone