Thursday, February 21, 2008

Obama plays me some fiddle...

From the New York Times
A Mighty Fine Place to Be
By Jeff Zeleny

HOUSTON – “Texas,” that classic two-step from the Charlie Daniels Band was playing here tonight when Senator Barack Obama took the stage to claim his Wisconsin prize.
One week ago, Mr. Obama delivered his victory speech for the Potomac primaries during a rally in Madison, Wis. So when news of his Wisconsin triumph arrived tonight, he had already moved onto Texas.
“Houston,” Mr. Obama said, “I think we have achieved liftoff here.”
In the Toyota Center, where a crowd of 20,000 people had filled the arena that is home to the Houston Rockets, Mr. Obama stood on stage for several minutes as applause lingered. His traditional welcoming song by U2 was replaced tonight by the Charlie Daniels Band.

There’s a place not too far away from here
Out with the cows and the Lone Star beer
Where the livin’ and lovin’ is quite all right with me
Well they call it Texas and it’s a mighty fine place to be

Mr. Obama, who won his 24th state tonight in his bid to win the Democratic presidential race, spent little time in his speech dwelling on Wisconsin. He looked ahead to March 4, when he will find out just how mighty fine a place Texas is for his candidacy.
“Y’all know how to do it in Texas,” Mr. Obama said. He added: “The change we seek is still months and miles away and we need the good people of Texas to help us get there.”
With Wisconsin in the books – by dawn Hawaii will be, too – there is a two week pause in the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination. It is the longest break yet in the chaotic two-month series of primaries and caucuses.
It is a time for regrouping and reassessing – for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Mr. Obama as well, whose campaign spent much of the hours leading up to the rally tonight dealing with a third-straight day of news coverage about the similarities between his speeches and those of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a longtime friend from Chicago.
In his 45-minute address tonight, Mr. Obama referred by name to Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. Not so for Mrs. Clinton, who he extended only a few oblique references to.
There will be no such luxury on Thursday night, when the Democratic rivals face off at a debate in Austin on the campus of the University of Texas. Mrs. Clinton placed a brief telephone call to Mr. Obama at 9:45 p.m. in Texas, aides said, extending her congratulations on his Wisconsin victory.
“Every week, the coalition is growing,” David Axelrod, the chief strategist for the Obama campaign, said in an interview. Looking ahead, he added: “We’re not going to get drawn into a contest of insults. I don’t think anyone is looking for that.”
Stay tuned. The next election night is only 14 days away.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Trace Takes Advice From Charlie Daniels

Trace Takes Advice From Charlie Daniels (GAC)

February 6, 2008 — When Trace Adkins was considering the idea of writing a book about his social and political beliefs, he wasn't sure it would go over well with fans. So he consulted with another country singer who's unafraid to share his views: Charlie Daniels.

"I was worried about offending people," Trace told The Toronto Star, "and Charlie told me, 'The people that aren't gonna like you because of the book don't like you now, so you might as well go ahead.'"

As a result, Trace wrote A Personal Stand: Observations And Opinions From A Freethinking Roughneck, which combines tales from his own life with his take on the world at large.

Surprisingly, the book was actually inspired by someone from the other side of the political fence. That would be his manager, Ken Levitan.

"Politically," Trace said, "we're diametrically opposed. He's a liberal, and every conversation ends with him saying, 'You should write a book.' Well, I did, and I hope it helps others discover what our relationship is all about, what we should all be working for — just learning to get on with each other."