Barack Obama, Country Music Fan
Mike Sudhalter | July 29, 2009
Last week, the Commander-In-Chief was also the Country Music Fan-In Chief
When it comes to country music artists, Barack Obama knows which ones to select for a White House event - neo-traditionalist Brad Paisley, bluegrass artist Allison Krauss and country legend Charley Pride, who was the genre's first African-American superstar.
All three artists performed last week at the White House, and Obama was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, "Now, I know folks think I'm a city boy, but I do appreciate listening to country music."
And went on to say, "(Country music has) captured our restlessness and resilience, and told so much of our story in the process,"
It's good to know that the Leader of The Free World is givIng country music some good publicity.
He has a very difficult job and lots of pressing issues. But once he fixes all of those things, perhaps he can use the final months of his second term to address what I call the "Country Music Agenda".
It could start with radio stations and ensuring that local artists/bands get played alongside the Rascal Flatts and Keith Urbans of the world.
Obama could start a Cap and Trade plan (country music version) that would mandate a certain amount of steel guitar and fiddle in order to be considered a country song. Paisley, Krauss and Pride would all pass those regulations with no problem.
Obama could sign an executive order that would ensure the preservation of country music nightclubs, so that every American will have the option to two-step on a sawdust floor or play the jukebox in the corner, if they choose to do so.
Obama could come up with a plan that would give tax breaks to anyone who wants to hold a country music festival as a way to ensure that all 50 states have at least a two-day festival.
Obama could invite Garth Brooks and Chad Brock to the White House and perform duets on "The Change" and "Yes", with each of them, respectively.