Saturday, June 07, 2008

Dylan on Obama

Bob Dylan, commenting on Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee, as reported by Associated Press:

In an interview with the Times of London, the musician is quoted as saying that Obama has changed politics in the United States, though Dylan does not specifically endorse the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee

"Well, you know right now America is in a state of upheaval. Poverty is demoralizing. You can't expect people to have the virtue of purity when they are poor," Dylan is quoted as saying.

"But we've got this guy out there now who is redefining the nature of politics from the ground up ... Barack Obama," he was quoted as saying. "He's redefining what a politician is, so we'll have to see how things play out. Am I hopeful? Yes, I'm hopeful that things might change. Some things are going to have to."

So, like all of us, I guess Bob Dylan is wondering if the times, they may be a-changing...?

And why not...

Let's add this version by Bruce Springsteen to the mix, from a 1997 Tribute to Dylan at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, as a tuxedo-laden Dylan watches from the audience, flanked by the Clintons...

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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