The October issue of Rolling Stone, featuring a studly and stately Barack Obama on its cover, drops at the end of the week, but RS co-founder Jann Wenner’s seven-page interview with the prez is now available online. The interview begins with Barry complimenting Jann’s striped socks, saying, “If I wasn’t president I could wear socks like that.” It gets better.
Wenner goes on to ask Obama the tough questions: Why haven’t you mobilized grass-roots volunteers? What’s going on with Wall Street regulation? Is climate change the predominant moral issue of the 21st century? What’s on your iPod (Nas and Lil Wayne), and what was it like to meet Bob Dylan?
Here’s the President’s dead-on take on the original Rolling Stone:
“Here’s what I love about Dylan: He was exactly as you’d expect he would be. He wouldn’t come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practicing before the set in the evening. He didn’t want to take a picture with me; 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. He came in and played “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” A beautiful rendition. The guy is so steeped in this stuff that he can just come up with some new arrangement, and the song sounds completely different. 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 — then he left. That was our only interaction with him. 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.”