This past Tuesday, Barack Obama delivered a fiery address to the United Auto Workers Convention, aggressively defending his administration's bailout of the auto industry. Only one problem. According to Senator Orrin Hatch, Obama is just being ironic…
"President Obama has traded in the hard hat and lunch bucket category of the Democratic Party for the hipster fedora and a double skim latte," said Hatch as he argued against the president's energy policy, which has delayed the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline and limited and delayed the exploration and production of some domestic energy.
It's a weighty charge coming from a senator who was into the war on reproductive choice way before the rest of his party thought it was cool, but a transcript of Obama's podcast interview with Bill Simmons does suggest the president is an insufferable hipster…
Bill Simmons: [...] This is your first podcast?
President Barack Obama: This is — well, I used to have my own podcast.
Obama: When I was U.S. Senator I was way ahead of the curve on the podcast thing. [...]
BS: So you're catching up, obviously, on the fact that you had been surpassed as the most famous person who was a Harvard graduate.
Obama: [Jeremy Lin is] doing good. And I knew about Jeremy before you did, or everybody else did, because Arne Duncan, my Secretary of Education, was captain of the Harvard team. And so way back when, Arne and I were playing and he said, I'm telling you, we've got this terrific guard named Jeremy Lin at Harvard. And then one of my best friends, his son is a freshman at Harvard, and so when he went for a recruiting trip he saw Lin in action. So I've been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while.
BS: Are you taking credit for "Linsanity"? It kind of feels like you are a little bit.
Obama: I can't take credit for it, but I'm just saying I was there early.
I see what you're doing here, Mr. President, with your Arcade Fire and your podcasts and your Wire references. It isn't going to work: hipsters know that voting is way too mainstream.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Environment, Orrin Hatch, Sports