Merle Haggard – Sing Me Back Home

April 7, 2016

Seems like Merle learned a lot since “Okie From Muskogee”.

Taste of Country:

After being honored at the White House for his lifetime achievements in the performing arts and outstanding contributions to American culture, Merle Haggard is forming an opinion about President Barack Obama based on character, not political agenda. The 73-year-old country legend, who has actually visited the White House as a guest of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in years past, made an appearance in Washington D.C. for the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors. While there, he mingled with the President, the President’s wife and several other notable honorees.

“It was also nice to meet Obama and find him very different from the media makeout. It’s really almost criminal what they [the media] do with our President,” Haggard tells Rolling Stone. “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,” he continues. “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.”

“He’s not conceited,” he adds. “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. I think he knows he’s in over his head. Anybody with any sense who takes that job and thinks they can handle it must be an idiot.”

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8 Responses to “Merle Haggard – Sing Me Back Home”

  1. Gingerbaker Says:

    Well, of course Obama has a “nice handshake”.

    That hand is strong. That’s the hand he uses to shakedown the American Taxpayer. The same hand he uses to throttle the livin’ life out of the American Workin’ Man.

    It’s Obama’s other hand, though, that you gotta look out for. That’s the hand that coddles his Muslim masters. The hand that switches the radio from Country Western to Al Jazeera. The hand that he raises for the Kenyan Atheist Black Power Salute.


    • If this were my blog I would ban you for hate speech.

      • dumboldguy Says:

        Uh, CL? I think GB has been into the Vermont Maple Syrup Vodka a bit early this morning and is trying to to be clever. Or maybe he’s channeling his inner “hateful” conservative?—-the Drumpfsters seem to really enjoy doing that—-you know—-disconnect brain, open mouth, spew mindless bullshit?.

        And remember that no one has accused many of the Repugnants of outright “hate speech” as they have tried to destroy Obama’s presidency from before day one, so you perhaps overreach a bit by jumping on GB?. Then too, GB IS from Vermont, and may be OD-ing on Bernie Bullshit and trying to help Bernie out by attacking Hillary’s buddy (the Kenyan Atheist).

        GB? Explain yourself.

        • Gingerbaker Says:

          It’s a little concept I invented called “satire”.

          I find it strange that we should care about the opinion of a CW singer who makes his decisions about how good a President is based on the quality of his handshake.

          Even then he’s not ready to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, as he still says:

          ““I’m sure some of it’s true and some of it’s not,” ”

          He then observes that Michelle Obama is actually very cordial – evidently also a shocker to him.

          And finally he confirms another right-wing smear about Obama – that Obama “knows” that he is “in over his head”.

          So, we’ve got here a guy who says he doesn’t like what “The media” says about Obama, but what he means is the right-wing media. And yet, his head is still full of right-wing nonsense even after that sparkling handshake.

          Therefore, that handshake is not to be trusted. And I tell you why.

          And climatelurker – if you can’t get a feel for where my political heart lives after I’ve been posting here on all sorts of topics, and with all sorts of sarcastic and satirical comments like this one for half a decade or so – then maybe you should reevaluate the calibration of your hate speech meter.

          • dumboldguy Says:

            Well done, GB. I find it strange that we lend any particular weight to the opinions of ANY CW singer (or movie star or sports figure, etc), since displaying “talent” in those roles does not qualify them to run their mouths about anything much else. I hold up Ted Nugent as an example, a guy that wouldn’t even get listened to very much at the corner bar if he wasn’t a “star”.


          • I am sorry, I missed the satire but should have seen it.

  2. Gingerbaker Says:

    Not to worry, climatelurker! It was “out there” and your heart was in the right place. 🙂

    In retrospect, I should have ended with /snark or ;D.


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