Rolling Stone has always been ga-ga for Obama. Their new issue features the historic candidate on the cover. Predictably, in the story, he is portrayed as young, personable, intelligent, and someone quietly aware of his trailblazing role in history without letting it go to his head.
It's unsurprising that the article mentions nothing of his sabre-rattling against Iran, his position on Palestine that is slightly to the right of Dubya, his plan to keep mercenaries and a base bigger than the Vatican in Iraq, or his Father's Day speech that, had it come from the mouth of Pat Buchanan, would have been rightfully decried as racist. His drift to the right in recent weeks is unmentioned here.
The article does however, go into what the Illinois senator can be found to listening on his iPod. One has to admit, the man has good taste in music: The Stones, Springsteen, Jay-Z, Stevie Wonder. That image I have written about before, of him being the young, dynamic candidate for a new generation is definitely held up in this piece.
Then there's his thoughts on Bob Dylan, one of his favorite artists: "Actually, on of my favorites is 'Maggie's Farm'... It speaks to me as I listen to some of the political rhetoric."
Just to clear something up, "Maggie's Farm" was one of Dylan's rebukes to the left, right around the time he started being ironic and ambiguous about Vietnam (and it's actually kind of snotty when you listen to it).
Kind of telling, isn't it?