I've always thought that Dick Gephardt was a good man, sometimes wrong on issues and strategy though always a good Democrat, but just not that interesting. Guess I was wrong on that last bit.
In one of those quick-hit interviews in the NYT Sunday Magazine (yes, I'm a little late getting to this), when the topic of his new iPod comes up, Gephardt slaps us with this:
What are you listening to -- political speeches?
The collected speeches of Newt Gingrich. That would be NO. I like Josh Groban. I like Tony Bennett. I like Nelly. He's from St. Louis. He's a very good rapper. I like Eminem. I have his album.
Some of the lyrics are a little hard to take.
Oh, I don't listen to the lyrics. I just like the music. I like the beat.
Remember, this is a man retiring from elected politics, so this is not a pander. He really likes his Nelly.
On a tangent, I had a look at the Amazon listing for a Josh Groban disc, since he is another of Gephardt's faves, and in the always-entertaining customer reviews there is this gem:
[five stars] I have hope in young people again!, October 25, 2004
Josh Groban's voice and music restore my hope in the younger generation. He has a beautiful, well-trained voice, and he sings songs that mean something--that soothe the soul.
Now that's crunk!