A suburban kid does not rise to the top. But here's somebody who might.
“I think that’s a little strong,” Lif tells me from his hotel room in Portland, Ore., where he’s out on tour promoting Today. (He brings the show to Johnny Brenda’s this week.) “I’m not willing to just throw Obama under the bus in that way. But at the same time, how naive is it to think that something on that level of power is not completely calculated? He was definitely selected as the best option to guide America through a new era where we have to reflect a little more humbleness than we have in the past. That’s why on the song ‘Obama’ I say, ‘If the flick was Pulp Fic I think he’d be the cleaner.’ You got a massacre in the backseat and you need someone to come in and make everyone forget that there was any bloodshed at all.”
If someone had to create a time capsule, to be dug up in 50 years, to explain to future generations just how bad things became in ’09, a copy of Today would definitely need to be put in right next to a few articles about the AIG bailout, video of angry mobs tearing apart the CEOs of top banks limb from bloody limb (coming soon) and Dick Cheney’s suicide note (that too). It’s that vivid and sobering a snapshot.
“I really wanted to capture the powerfully dynamic era we’re living through, where all the shit seems to be hitting the fan at the same time.”
Today does that. As such, it’s an at times depressing listen. But it also seems vital.
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