*Guess who passed up a photo-op with President Barack Obama and the First Lady? Bob Dylan, that’s who.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, the president talked about his respect for the artist.
“Usually all the talent is dying to take a picture with me and Michelle before the show, but he didn’t show up to that,” Obama says of Bob Dylan, who came to the White House to perform his classic folk tune “The Times They Are A-Changin.'”
“Here’s what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you’d expect he would be,” says Obama. “Finishes the song, steps off the stage – I’m sitting right in the front row – comes up, shakes my hand, sort of tips his head, gives me just a little grin, and then leaves. And that was it. … And I thought: That’s how you want Bob Dylan, right? You don’t want him to be all cheesin’ and grinnin’ with you. You want him to be a little skeptical about the whole enterprise. So that was a real treat.”
Obama also shared about what type of music is on his iPod, which includes the oldies but goodies Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane and of course, Bob Dylan.
Also, according to the interview, the president gets many of his rap recommendations from his aide, Reggie Love.
“Thanks to Reggie, my rap palate has greatly improved,” he explained. “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.”