If you’re Barack Obama and want to do a quick round of New York publicity, the answer is simple: appear on Hot 97. Obama did a short phone interview with Angie Martinez this past Wednesday. Martinez, one of New York’s highest-rated radio hosts, has the coveted afternoon drive time slot at the Emmis-owned station. Although most of the chat was your standard politico talk, Obama dropped pop music names as well:
“I’m old-school and generally I’m more of a jazz guy,” he told Martinez. “But having said that, I’m current enough that on my iPod I got a little bit of Jay-Z, a little bit of Beyoncé. A little bit. I don’t want to pretend I know as much as my [children]. I’m falling behind rapidly.”
In other politicians-in-the-media news, the always reliable Joe Biden made a gaffe in Thursday’s debate. Whoops.