“it’s just a big old political game….”

Merle Haggard (left) during the Kennedy Center Honorees Reception at the White House, December 5

Rolling Stone – Merle Haggard: “It was also nice to meet Obama and find him very different from the media makeout. It’s really almost criminal what they do with our President. There seems to be no shame or anything. They call him all kinds of names all day long, saying he’s doing certain things that he’s not. It’s just a big old political game that I don’t want to be part of. There are people spending their lives putting him down. I’m sure some of it’s true and some of it’s not. I was very surprised to find the man very humble and he had a nice handshake. His wife was very cordial to the guests and especially me. They made a special effort to make me feel welcome. It was not at all the way the media described him to be.”

What’s the biggest lie out there about Obama?

He’s not conceited. He’s very humble about being the President of the United States, especially in comparison to some presidents we’ve had who come across like they don’t need anybody’s help…..

Did you talk to the President much?

I told him, “You and I have something in common: our wives are both taller than we are.” And he said “No! She’s got on 3-inch heels! And she is not that tall!” He was like me. He grabbed that real quick.

Rolling Stone interview here

6 Responses to ““it’s just a big old political game….””

  1. 1 majii
    December 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Merle hit the nail on the head when he said that the president is not at all like the media portrays him, and it is just a big political game. The main goal of the naysayers is to de-legitimize an absolutely qualified, hardworking, and compassionate leader. IMO, the problem most of the media have with our president is the fact that he doesn’t kowtow to them the way that some presidents have done in the past. I will never forget how GWB carried Limbaugh’s luggage into the WH for an overnight visit. I don’t blame the president for ignoring them.

    • 2 Theo67
      December 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm

      Wow regarding Limbaugh – first,that he spent the night in the White House, and second, that GWB carried that man’s luggage in.

  2. 3 Perry
    December 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Well said majii!

  3. 4 Sue in Minnesota
    December 29, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    The media wants desperately for President Obama to allow them to define not only his Presidencey, but him personally. President Obama isn’t going to play that game. President Obama lets the facts speak for themselves. Our MSM is a disgrace, with very few exceptions.
    I hope the general public is wise to their lack of ethical and professional credibility. They are an alternate universe of their own making.

    • December 29, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      Sue, And msm is getting worse each day. Sometimes I search the international media to try to make some sense of what’s happening in my own country. You get a clearer picture and most often unbiased takes on information. The media outlets in this country have almost bought out each other, i.e., FoX owner Rupert Murdock, so that within the next 10 years only one person will probably own all print and electronic media. We won’t even know we are listening to the same nonsense on every news program. They will be doing all our thinking for us and we will have no choice in the matter. It is getting so scary!!!

  4. 6 cat48
    December 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    This is my feel good story of the day. I love it when the president convinces an elderly white man he’s not a monster! (Sorry Fox!) In all the polls, older white men almost always break for the Republicans. They should go with the prez to keep those SocSec cks and Medicare coming in! The Republicans want to privatize all this stuff.

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