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The music tastes of U.S. President George W. Bush have come under scrutiny after an aide revealed the playlist of his new iPod player.

The portable digital device, given to Bush by his daughters Jenna and Barbara last July, contains much country music, but also songs by Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison and the Knack.

The MP3 player, which can store up to 10,000 songs, only contains about 250, according to the New York Times, which first reported the story.

"iPod One," as the player has been dubbed, is used by Bush while he pedals around his Texas ranch on a mountain bike, presidential media adviser Mark McKinnon told the newspaper.

The task of downloading the music falls to the 58-year-old president's personal aide, Blake Gottesman, who buys individual songs and albums from the iTunes music store.

Not every track is "on-message." The playlist -- regarded by many as a mirror to the soul -- includes musicians who campaigned against Bush, such as John Fogerty. Also on the iPod is the 1979 song "My Sharona" by the Knack, about a man pursuing a much younger woman.

One of that song's lyrics, "Such a dirty mind. Always get it up for the touch of the younger kind," prompted Spin magazine editor Dave Itzkoff to comment: "This wouldn't be consistent with Bush's image as protector of conservative values."

Bush, who quit drinking after his 40th birthday, also listens to recovering alcoholic George Jones, a country singer who sings about heartbreak and drinking. Joe Levy, deputy editor of Rolling Stone magazine, said this indicated "a little bit of taste for hard core and honky-tonk."

McKinnon advised though against too much analysis of the playlist. "The fact is that any president who would limit themselves to pro-establishment musicians would have a pretty slim collection.

"No one should psychoanalyze the song selection. It's music to get over the next hill," he told the New York Times.

The playlist does reveal a rather narrow range of babyboomer tunes. Writing in the London Times, Caitlin Moran noted: "No black artists, no gay artists, no world music, only one woman, no genre less than 25 years old, and no Beatles."

Levy agreed, telling the New York Times: "What we're talking about is a lot of great artists from the '60s and '70s and more modern artists who sound like great artists from the '60s and '70s.

"This is basically boomer rock 'n' roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers. It's safe, it's reliable, it's loving. What I mean to say is, it's feel-good music. The Sex Pistols it's not."


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Does anyone else think that this is just an excuse to cause trouble? I mean come on, what does it matter what kind of music he listens to? They'd prolly execute him if he was listening to Children of Bodom.
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Only 250 songs?!

I demand a recount!


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The playlist does reveal a rather narrow range of babyboomer tunes. Writing in the London Times, Caitlin Moran noted: "No black artists, no gay artists, no world music, only one woman, no genre less than 25 years old, and no Beatles."

Levy agreed, telling the New York Times: "What we're talking about is a lot of great artists from the '60s and '70s and more modern artists who sound like great artists from the '60s and '70s.

"This is basically boomer rock 'n' roll and more recent music out of Nashville made for boomers. It's safe, it's reliable, it's loving. What I mean to say is, it's feel-good music. The Sex Pistols it's not."


Lulz.

But really, if he listened to COB I would be impressed.
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If I was prez and people looked at my I-Pod playlist, I would be impeached the next mourning
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if bush listened to Children of Bodom, that would be badass.
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Only 250 songs?!

I demand a recount!


haha very good.
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I'm glad this kind of thing is what's in the news these days.

Does anyone know what Kim Jong-il's favorite song to play on Rock Band is, by any chance?
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I'm glad this kind of thing is what's in the news these days.

Does anyone know what Kim Jong-il's favorite song to play on Rock Band is, by any chance?


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i don't care. i would rather know what tampon company women prefer the most.
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I'm glad I read this....
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Can Bush even spell iPod?
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Is this really that big of a deal?
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Caitlin moran and levvy who ever these people are can **** off, they're obviously wankers.

And who cares what the hell he listens to, it hardly makes a difference.
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Yeah no I don't think they should look too much into it. It's like, Christ just because he's high up, every little thing he does and listens to comes under speculation. I don't really agree with Bush's platform, but this is utter bull****, and just proves how much the media has decayed like a rotten child's tooth after Halloween.

I mean damn, I listen to Wolf Parade and Weezer, oh no I'm a hypocrite and I can't rule my country
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Caitlin moran and levvy who ever these people are can **** off, they're obviously wankers.

And who cares what the hell he listens to, it hardly makes a difference.

you know i hear obama likes hip hop and stuff. i don't think i want some no good rap listener in my white house.
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you know i hear obama likes hip hop and stuff. i don't think i want some no good rap listener in my white house.


Does he really? It doesn't matter but that sure would be stereotypical.

Also I always imagined him as more of a soul black person than a hip-hop black person.
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They'd prolly execute him if he was listening to Children of Bodom.


well it wouldnt surprise me too much if he did....he ssems to have a horrible taste in music...
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who cares what he listens to?

The playlist does reveal a rather narrow range of babyboomer tunes. Writing in the London Times, Caitlin Moran noted: "No black artists, no gay artists, no world music, only one woman, no genre less than 25 years old, and no Beatles."

that comment was totally unnecessary. anyone think that maybe its not the type of music he likes?
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I don't think I've ever seen more pretentious overanalysis.

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#28
What the hell is the point of analyzing his playlist? God damn.

Maybe he just likes the music? Sadly, there will be people who will see this in the media and start to believe that Bush is secretly a pedophile because one of his songs deals with the theme.
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Who gives a flying **** what he listens to?
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It's just music though. Just because I listen to I Cum Blood everyday doesn't mean that I do. I mean seriously.
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lol, i wanna be president, just so i can play my ipod, through massive speakers out the window of the oval office.

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This article is pretty dumb, I mean seriously, just because he has "my sharona" he isnt supporting moral values? This article actually made me defend Bush, that's how bad it was.
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I wasn't sure if this article was a joke or not. I was waiting for the obvious *just kidding* clincher. Weird.
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lol, i wanna be president, just so i can play my ipod, through massive speakers out the window of the oval office.

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isnt this a good thing? hes far too important a person to be spending his time making a music playlist.
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"And no Beatles"
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I love that they pointed that out.
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I'm not a huge of fan of Bush, but we seriously need to write up a list of every album he should put on that iPod. 250 songs? Seriously? Come on Dubya, you can do better than that.
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I don't get what the big deal is because clearly this other dude is choosing the songs so wtf
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