Though most of Washington is focused on Barack Obama’s cabinet appointments and how he plans to address the economy, the President-elect shouldn’t blow off selecting the music acts for his inauguration. The right choice could cement his reputation with the legions of young voters who came out inforce for the election, while playing it safe could make Obamanauts cast a wary eye at his message of change. If Obama isn’t willing to be a little outside the box with his musical choices, what’s going to happen when it comes to solving a serious problem? The Chicago Sun-Times is pushing for Mavis Staples, Wilco, Common, and Kanye West. All of these choices would be excellent and within "presidential" boundaries, but Obama supporters Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen would be left out in the cold. Though Obama needs to have Chicago icon Staples, longtime supporters Wilco, and some representation of thoughtful hip-hop, there should be a place for rock’s elder statesmen under the Democratic tent. They are not stodgy choices. When placed beside the other acts, Springsteen and Dylan would form a representation of the multigenerational coalition that Obama needs to get the United States out of its current slump. [Sun-Times]
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