Skip to comments.James Taylor Hopes Americans Recognize Obama as ‘Remarkable Leader’
Posted on 03/04/2011 4:47:35 AM PST by IbJensen
Washington (CNSNews.com) James Taylor, recognized at the White House on Wednesday for his musical achievement, told reporters that President Barack Obama has been too modest about his accomplishments.
In a White House ceremony, Obama presented Taylor and other artists, authors, poets and entertainers with the 2010 National Medal of Arts. The announcer of the ceremonies said, His distinctive voice and masterful guitar playing are among the most recognized in popular music and his expansive catalog of songs has had a profound influence on songwriters and music lovers from all walks of life.
Taylor said he supported Obama in the 2008 presidential race.
We did work in Massachusetts but mostly in North Carolina, back down in my home state, and worked down there for a while, Taylor said after stopping in the press briefing room after accepting the medal. Obama carried the state by only 8,000 votes. So those of us who worked on the campaign down there got a sense that we made a difference.
A reporter asked about Obamas 2012 reelection.
I think that the administration has been almost too modest in their accomplishments, Taylor said. And its remarkable to me that they get blamed for the problems that the people we elect actually havent caused. Im hoping the American public understands who we got here, what weve got in this president, a remarkable leader. It just makes me feel wonderful to see him in this White House. I dont mean to get too political.
A staffer then interrupted to say that Taylor could not take any more questions.
During the White House ceremony, Obama also presented the 2010 National Medal of Arts to theater critic Robert Brustein; pianist Van Cliburn; artist Mark di Suvero; poet Donald Hall; musician Quincy Jones; To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee; jazz musician Sonny Rollins and actress Meryl Streep.
Obama presented the 2010 National Humanities Medal citations to Library of America founder Daniel Aaron; historian Bernard Bailyn; educator Jacques Barzun; poet and novelist Wendell E. Berry; Spanish and Latin American literary critic Roberto González Echevarría; American Council of Learned Societies President Stanley Nider Katz; novelist Joyce Carol Oates; biographer and literary critic Arnold Rampersad; novelist Philip Roth; and author and historian Gordon Wood.
What accomplishments? I mean, all he’s got right now is a horrible health care law, which really came from the Congress. And that is currently deemed (hehe) unconstitutional. So what are his accomplishments? Stimulus bills?
Would suggest that Mr. Taylor shut up and sing...but only if he does so at Gitmo as a form of torture for the detainees.
Dancing bears should stick to dancing.
“hoping the American public understands who we got here”
Apart from your broken/butchered English, Jim, each day tens of thousands more Americans wake up and realize who we indeed “got here.”
Distinctly nasal voice. His guitar playing? It's OK. Nothing I can't teach to beginners. It's mostly the same thing over and over. Uses a capo, plays out of D position all the time, uses the same SUS chord fills over and over.
He's a decent folk guitarist. Masterful? No one who actually understands guitar would ever use that word. He's a competent folk/soft-rock stylist who hasn't written or recorded a relevant song since the 70s.
James Taylor is just looking for a gig at one of the White Hut Pah-tays...yesterday’s news trying to be relevant.
There is a long list of “remarkable leaders” that were miserable tyrants.
Still mentally ill all these years later....
JT - say it isn’t so. I know he’s a lib but I always respected the fact that he never injected his political views in his music or his comments. I stuck with him, unlike other musicians and Hollywood people I’ve abandoned. Now I’m disappointed and won’t be buying tickets to his next concert. Guess they don’t want conservative money.
this guy is proof that marijuana kills off the useful brain cells.
Old James is One toke over the line.
The Rats are shovel-ready for the dustbin of history.
JT is one of the few celeb leftist airheads where I ignore that. He is such a fabulous entertainer that I can compartmentalize. I don’t have enough bandwidth to do that with everybody. We go back 40 years. I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain.
Tuxedo Hopes Americans Recognize James Taylor as “Mediocre Has-Been”.
I don’t know one thing about a guitar other than it has strings and pegs but I want to hear Taylor play this. I dare to call this little number “masterful” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=On5372UztI0.
Mud Slide Slim is delusional.
YOU LIE! No one can be ignorant of guitar AND love Roy Buchanan! It's impossible :0 )
Roy's "Sweet Dreams" makes me cry.
Nice “reach-around” by James in return for his award
You hope in one hand and S$*t in the other. Which one fills up faster?
As Laura Ingraham says shut up and sing.No one wants to here his political ideas.
“Would suggest that Mr. Taylor shut up and sing...but only if he does so at Gitmo as a form of torture for the detainees.”
This guy could induce suicidal tendencies in a heartbeat.
Wow. You know, I've never liked Taylor's music, too sad/sappy for me. I didn't realize he was this stupid and delusional though. Maybe he's just currying favor with "the elite" though.
obama's achievements? Just what would those be? Let's consider for a moment....
Since the start of his Presidency
Yeah, that's quite a list of accomplishments. I might be a little "modest" ... maybe even reticent to tout those kinds of "accomplishments"...
While some would argue that the healthcare takeover is a good thing (eg. those with un-American socialist or suicidal tendencies), a large percentage of Americans are very much against it. So even if you are a supporter of that piece of ... er ... "legislation" ... You could, and should, fault obama for ramming it through in such a way as to guarantee that the GOP, the TEA Party, many independents, and even some Democrats would fight it, repeal it, and generally gut it. Not only that, but it was so poorly written and UN-Constitutionally rammed-through that legally it is extremely vulnerable.
Yeah, some accomplishments, brought to you buy hussein obama, socialist, friend of unions, illegals, dictators, despots, Islamic radicals, big government, and slackers everywhere.
Not to mention the heroin.
that’s some cracky-jack*ss
I recognize him as remarkably naive!
Well, well, well..............look who crawled out of his aticc..........yeah,spoiled rich kid w/mental problems and addictions
I actually DO recognize Obama as a “remarkable President”—remarkably destructive to this country!!!!!
Way to go, James! Not only do you have absolutely no credence for anything except music, you bragged about getting an award because you helped Obimbo get elected!
Shut up and sing.
Naming nothing he has done
World leaders are not even listening to him on Libya or any major world problem.
He sends his minions out in Tuscon blaming tea party wrongly yet when a Muslim terrorist kills Americans don't judge on what is a slam dunk.
In his mind he's gone to Cah- lah- nah! But I still love JT.
I think his brother was the warm-up, such that it was.
(Yes, I voted for Reagan. And for the opponents of both Tip O'Neil and Ted Kennedy.)
Down 3.6 million jobs since he was inaugurated. Absolutely remarkable.
That is a remarkable record. Never to be outdone.
Remarkably, he will become the first president in history to leave office without creating a single new job.
Not Winning. Duh!
James needs to go back and spend more time at the Psych hospital near Stockbridge again.
Never liked him nor his voice.Very familiar with his work but his voice sounds very nasally and obnoxious.
I find his songs boring.
How dare you attack this experiemental president due to his not being able to create jobs.
(I doubt if the ninnyhammered, Chicago sewer-rat could create a complete sentence.)
He has singlehandedly caused thousands of federal jobs to be created that pay big money too!
He is remarkable but I’m too well-raised to voice all of the remarks this asshat prompts in me
His mind went with Suzanne a longtime ago....
I recognize James Taylor as the reason
New England was invaded by hippies.
I do like his tune “Sweet Baby James”,
but becasue of that little ditty his fans
overran the snow-covered Berkshires like a
bunch of cockroaches.
Maybe I’m factually wrong, but that’s my opinion. :)
Hey,give him a break, people.
I always liked his handlebar mustache, and his act where he threw confetti in the air and screamed and told bad jokes with props.
Oh wait,that’s Rip Taylor.
You mean that brain dead old hippie who sang music to slit your wrists by.
Crawl back in your bong, grandpa.
Yep. I love JT's playing and songwriting, but he fried his brain decades ago with drugs. (heroin, cocaine, LSD etc) I doubt he's capable of scraping together a rational thought these days....
Guy lives in Carrboro, NC. It is one of the most liberal town in the state. It is close to chapel hill and all the college students(who have multiple address and allowed to vote in wrong places)live here.
Evidence the album “One Man Dog”.