The singer made his prediction in the middle of the song “Blowin’ in the Wind,” at a concert that took place hours after an Obama rally in Madison.
“We tried to play good tonight since the president was here today,” he said, telling the audience he thought Obama would win. “Don’t believe the media. I think it’s going to be a landslide.”
It’s a sort-of-endorsement that came awfully late, considering that Rolling Stone tried and failed to get Dylan to endorse the president in a September interview, reported Mediaite:
[Reporter Mikal] Gilmore wanted to know what Dylan thinks of Obama...At first Dylan remarked that “You should be asking his wife what she thinks of him,” and then he grew understandably cranky with the interviewer: “He loves music. He’s personable. He dresses good. What the [expletive] do you want me to say?”
Oh, but it doesn’t end there! Gilmore tried again, asking whether Dylan would like to see Obama re-elected. “I’ve lived through a lot of presidents! And you have too! Some are re-elected and some aren’t. Being re-elected isn’t the mark of a great president.”
Dylan has met the president several times — most recently when he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Obama in May. In his introduction of Dylan, Obama said, “There is not a bigger giant in the history of American music.... I remember, in college, listening to Bob Dylan, and my world opened up.”