Apr 11, 2005

What, no Gabriel Garcia Marquez audiobooks?

In what is undoubtably a huge marketing coup for Apple, they can now say that the iPod is without a doubt the world easiest MP3 player to use.

Because Dubya has one.

And now, we can all finally know what he's playing while sitting through those unimportant security meetings!

First, Bush's iPod is heavy on traditional country singers like George Jones, Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney. He has selections by Van Morrison, whose "Brown Eyed Girl" is a Bush favorite, and by John Fogerty, most predictably "Centerfield," which was played at Texas Rangers games when Bush was an owner and is still played at ballparks all over America.

"Brown Eyed Girl", eh? Not my cup of tea, but I was expecting something MUCH more insipid, like Toby Keith or "Ballad of the Green Berets" or John Ashcroft Sings Volume One -- Music To Gouge Out Your Fucking Eardrums With A Rusty Icepick By.

And also to his credit, Bush shows an openness in his artist selection that he doesn't show, well, anywhere else really...

As for an analysis of Bush's playlist, [managing editor Joe] Levy of Rolling Stone started out with this: "One thing that's interesting is that the president likes artists who don't like him."

Too bad this attitude doesn't hold for press conference reporters.

So, here are some additional suggestions for the presidential iPod:

American Idiot. Of course.
War Pigs. Naturally.
Any Rage Against The Machine, Clash, or P-Funk. The first two are obvious, and really, can't everyone use a little more P-Funk?

Oh, and I was going to post to Kos on this, but someone beat me to it. Don't you hate when that happens?