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Rounding up the president’s comments on some of our most popular entertainers

Obama on Musicians

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Though Mitt Romney has made a pilgrimage to the home of that great Michigander, Kid Rock, and has expressed his appreciation for the alternative stylings of the Killers (and their frontman Brandon Flowers, a fellow Mormon frontman), it's safe to say that if the election were decided based on the contents of the candidates' iPods, President Obama would pull an electoral sweep. During his first term the president has been quoted on the musical merits of a wide range of performers, from Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Nicki Minaj and the late Donna Summer. He also sang a bit of Al Green, flawlessly. Click through to read what our Audiophile in Chief had to say about 13 famous musicians.     

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj

"She likes to play different characters. So I don't know what's going on there . . . I don't think [daughters Sasha and Malia] really listen to Nicki Minaj that much. But let's face it, they are now hipper than me. There's a certain point where your kids get old enough where they're hipper than you are."

President Obama in an interview in September with Orlando radio station Power 95.3 on Minaj's rap claiming "I'm a Republican, voting for Mitt Romney."

Donna Summer

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Donna Summer

"Her voice was unforgettable, and the music industry has lost a legend far too soon."

Official statement from President Obama following the singer's death in May.

Young Jeezy

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Young Jeezy

"In my first term, I sang Al Green. In my second term, I'm going with Young Jeezy."

President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 28th.

BB King

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The Blues

"As we celebrate Black History Month, the blues reminds us that we've been through tougher times before."

President Obama at a White House celebration of the blues on February 22nd.

Hank Williams

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Country Music

"I've hopped on planes to big cities. I've ridden buses through small towns. And along the way, I've gained an appreciation for just how much country music means to so many Americans."

President Obama at a White House celebration of country music on November 21st, 2011