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Obama Cowboys Up!

Brooks & Dunn? Does this really make Obama dance? Or did his choice of a song tell us something else about him?

Obama Cowboys Up!

I think it was Norman Mailer who wrote that you shouldn't invade a country without understanding its music. 

Brooks & Dunn? When they started playing that syrupy country tune, "Only In America," after Barack Obama finished his speech last night, I thought, What a strange piece of stagecraft.

 I woke up wondering if it was really Obama's choice. I know he's hands-on. But does he really dance to this? I mean there were so many anthemic pieces he or his people could have chosen as exit music -- "A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke, or that other SC, Sheryl Crow, who a few hours earlier had sung "A Change Would Do You Good."

Brooks & Dunn?

 Then on something called Cowboy lyrics I checked out the words:

 Sun coming up over New York City

School bus driver in a traffic jam

Staring at the faces in her rearview mirror

Looking at the promise of the Promised Land

One kids dreams of fame and fortune

One kid helps pay the rent

One could end up going to prison

One just might be president

I guess he does understand our music.

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Daniel Rubin is a columnist and The Inquirer's director of social media. Since joining newspaper as a staff writer in 1988, Daniel Rubin has reported from Mayfair to Macedonia, 27 countries in all. He has been the European Correspondent for Knight Ridder Newspapers and for two years he sat at home and wrote Blinq, the paper's first daily blog. Dan began newspaper work in Norfolk and Louisville, Ky., after getting his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Northwestern University. He has lived in all four commonwealths, most recently in Pennsylvania. He teaches urban journalism at the University of Pennsylvania

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