Kid Rock: No regrets for Romney support, “no hard feelings” with Obama
posted at 10:48 am on December 3, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham
I like Kid Rock, like a lot of his music, and even find him inexplicably attractive, but I digress. Point being, even if you’re not a fan of the Detroit native’s brand of rock/rap/country genre mash-up music, there’s no doubt he’s just kind of a cool guy. He’s unabashedly patriotic and doesn’t shy away from USO tours to Afghanistan. He goes against the grain politically in the music business, is unafraid to say it, but does it in a low-key, mature way the temper tantrums of many liberal musicians can’t match. Good for him.
Musician Kid Rock, who was a celebrity surrogate for Mitt Romney, said President Barack Obama wasted no time in jokingly acknowledging their campaign rivalry Sunday.
“It was nice. I saw the president tonight. He said, ‘I’m still here.’ I said, ‘No hard feelings,’ ” Rock said, laughing.
Earlier Sunday, Rock attended a White House reception with Obama and this year’s Kennedy Center Honors award recipients.
Speaking to CNN on the red carpet after the reception and before the ceremony in Washington, Rock said it was hard to see his candidate lose the election but added “it felt great” to have his music played on the campaign trail for Romney.
“It’s tough to stand up for something you believe in. Believe me, especially in my business. I alienated a lot of fans and people,” Rock said.
“But I believe if you don’t stand for something, you don’t stand for nothing,” he added.
President Obama could take a lesson or two about how one’s opponents are not necessarily one’s “enemies” from Kid Rock.
“You cross your fingers, you try to move forward, you hope for the best,” he said. “You respect the office of the president of the United States, and the great thing is in four years, we get to choose again.”