President Barack Obama covers the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. Inside he discusses a few major R’s, such as Re-Election, Republicans, and Racism….but there was one R he refused to address….Romney. According to Rolling Stone, Obama focused primarily on “the very real constraints he operates under as president”, as well as his current campaign. The conversation wasn’t all
boring serious, as Obama did address his memorable Al Green performance in which he showcased skills shared by no other President in the history of the U.S.
Take a look at a few excerpts from the interview below:
Obama on Re-Election:
Now, the burden on me is going to be to describe for the American people how the progress we’ve made over the past three years, if sustained, will actually lead to the kind of economic security that they’re looking for. There’s understandable skepticism, because things are still tough out there. You still have an unemployment rate that’s way too high, you have folks whose homes are underwater because the housing bubble burst, people are still feeling the pinch from high gas prices. The fact of the matter is that times are still tough for too many people, and the recovery is still not as robust as we’d like, and that’s what will make it a close election.
Obama on the Republican Party:
Frankly, I know that there are good, decent Republicans on Capitol Hill who, in a different environment, would welcome the capacity to work with me. But right now, in an atmosphere in which folks like Rush Limbaugh and Grover Norquist are defining what it means to be a true conservative, they are lying low. My hope is that after this next election, they’ll feel a little more liberated to go out and say, “Let’s redirect the Republican Party back to those traditions in which a Dwight Eisenhower can build an interstate highway system.”
Obama on racism:
Look, race has been one of the fault lines in American culture and American politics from the start. I never bought into the notion that by electing me, somehow we were entering into a post-racial period. On the other hand, I’ve seen in my own lifetime how racial attitudes have changed and improved, and anybody who suggests that they haven’t isn’t paying attention or is trying to make a rhetorical point. Because we all see it every day, and me being in this Oval Office is a testimony to changes that have been taking place.
Obama on singing Al Green:
I can sing. I wasn’t worried about being able to hit those notes… Everywhere I go now, somebody wants me to sing. My whole point is that the fewer the performances, the higher the ticket price, so you don’t want to overdo it.
I’m glad Obama can still keep a sense of humor while undergoing the immense amount of pressure he currently has to deal with…I, for one, would be in shambles…It’s hard enough attempting to run a website…but an entire country? Yikes!