POTUS iPod: Totally Random

Bush Checks Out His iPod
The president's hit parade: From the Archies to Aretha to "American Pie." (Fox News)

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By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Friday, December 16, 2005

Last spring, the White House shocked savvy music fans across the nation by disclosing that among the many tunes President Bush had downloaded onto his iPod was the raunchy "My Sharona" by the Knack. Eight months later, it appears POTUS, like any earplug-obsessive hipster, has changed his lineup a bit. At the end of an interview broadcast Wednesday night, Fox News anchor Brit Hume asked Bush to show him what's on his playlist these days.

We could analyze his choices ( The Archies ? ) and crack some snarky jokes (i.e., "took my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry -- well, until Katrina hit!") . . . but why not just sit back and see what happens when a couple of boomers get talking about music and that crazy new technology?

Bush : Beach Boys, Beatles, let's see, Alan Jackson, Alan Jackson, Alejandro, Alison Krauss, the Angels, the Archies, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Dan McLean. Remember him?

Hume: Don McLean.

Bush: I mean, Don McLean.

Hume: Does "American Pie," right?

Bush: Great song.

Hume: Yes, yes, great song.

Unidentified male: . . . which ones do you play?

Bush: All of these. I put it on shuffle. Dwight Yoakam. I've got the Shuffle, the, what is it called? The little.

Hume: Shuffle.

Bush: It looks like.

Hume: The Shuffle. That is the name of one of the models.

Bush: Yes, the Shuffle.

Hume: Called the Shuffle.

Bush: Lightweight, and crank it on, and you shuffle the Shuffle.

Hume: So you -- it plays . . .

Bush: Put it in my pocket, got the ear things on.

Hume: So it plays them in a random order.

Bush: Yes.

Hume: So you don't know what you're going to going to get.

Bush: No.

Hume: But you know --

Bush: And if you don't like it, you have got your little advance button. It's pretty high-tech stuff.

Hume: . . . be good to have one of those at home, wouldn't it?

Bush: Oh?

Hume: Yes, hit the button and whatever it is that's in your head -- gone.

Bush: . . . it's a bad day, just say, get out of here.

Hume: Well, that probably is pretty . . .

Bush: That works, too. ( Laughter )

Hume: Yes, right.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

An international media watchdog group is rushing to the defense of comedian Sacha Baron Cohen , taking the government of Kazakhstan to task for shutting down a Cohen Web site.

It's the latest twist in the escalating tensions between the Brit satirist -- best known for "Da Ali G Show" -- and the former Soviet nation, whose officials take offense at Cohen's prank interviews in the guise of "Borat," a racist, lascivious Kazakh journalist who spins tales about his countrymen making wine from fermented horse urine, keeping women in cages and enjoying hobbies like disco dancing, table tennis and rape.

Sacha Baron Cohen
No joke: Sacha Baron Cohen as Borat in "Da Ali G Show," censored by the Kazakhstan government.(Armando Franca - AP)
None of it true, according to embassy spokesman Roman Vassilenko . This week his government pulled the plug on a Borat Web site with a Kazakh ".kz" domain name. "We had a full right to do that," Vassilenko said, noting the site's owners broke the law by registering under false names.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders has complained to the corporation that oversees Internet names. "Censoring this Web site was an attack on freedom of information online," the group's Lucie Morillon told us, adding that Kazakhstan has a history of stifling media. Uh, you guys know Borat's not really a journalist, right? "We consider these people cyber dissidents. We protect them."

THIS JUST IN . . .

American Idol '04 victor Fantasia served on a jury considering a motor vehicle negligence case Wednesday in her native Mecklenburg County, N.C. -- but was allowed to leave midway through deliberations when they threatened to stretch into yesterday, conflicting with a benefit concert she had scheduled in New York. Hey, it's nice to see an AI veteran show up on that side of a courtroom for once!

Gangsta rap mogul Master P will fill in for his son Lil' Romeo , who has dropped out of the upcoming season of the ballroom-kitsch reality competition "Dancing With the Stars" because of a basketball injury. Other contestants on the series, which will begin airing on ABC next month, include Tatum O'Neal , Drew Lachey , Tia Carrere and Jerry Rice . Can't wait to hear who the stars will be!

Quote

"[He is] apparently obsessed with Ms. Grace, believes that he loves her, insists that she can solve all of his problems and will help him to meet with Osama bin Laden ."

-- Court filing in New York State Supreme Court from attorneys for CNN host Nancy Grace , who Wednesday gained a temporary restraining order against mental patient Joseph Raymond Loegering , who lawyers say has been attempting to stalk her for a month.


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