The Times They Are A-Changin’

Blowing off a photo op with Barack Obama falls into the sacrilege category, doesn’t it? It used to at least, but the times, they are a-changin’ according to an interview with Obama in this month’s Rolling Stone:

Dylan, 69, was “sceptical” about performing his protest song “The Times They Are A-Changin” to the assembled dignitaries at February’s event. And while most musicians who perform for the most powerful man in the world ask for a “meet and greet” during their visit, Mr Obama told Rolling Stone magazine that Dylan refused to even speak with him. “He wouldn’t come to the rehearsal; usually, all these guys are practising 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.”

After performing, it was the same story. “He 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. He left. That was our only interaction with him.”

Mr Obama nonetheless described the experience as “a real treat,” adding: “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 sceptical about the whole enterprise.”

How come when Bob Dylan’s skeptical about the whole enterprise he’s cool, but when the Tea Party is skeptical about the whole enterprise they’re misguided, wrong, hateful and racist peckerwoods who want kids and old people to die without health care?

“Usually the talent is dying to take a picture with me.” Obama makes Bill Clinton look like a beacon of humility.