Tales from the Trail

Presidential choices: Avatar and “resisting pie”

January 13, 2010

President Barack Obama’s favorite movie is the blockbuster “Avatar” and he also likes “Away We Go.” USA/

And while first lady Michelle Obama is able to keep her iPod current with music from Grammy nominee Ledisi, the president has found it difficult to keep his selections updated.

“My iPod is kind of stuck. I just haven’t had time to sit down at a computer,” Barack Obama says in an interview with People magazine about the First Couple’s first year that will appear in the Jan. 25 issue.

“And there’s nobody that can do that for you, sir?” the magazine asked.

To which Obama replied that he could ask his aide Reggie Love to update his iPod tunes, but that request would come with another set of issues.

“You know, there’s Reggie Love, but then all I get is Jay-Z, and I love Jay-Z, but once in a while I might want some Yo-Yo Ma or something.”

Obama says he still hasn’t fully adjusted, and hopes he never does, to life in a bubble. “Day-to-day spontaneous interactions are missing from my life.”

And on a personal level, what does the president want to be better at this year?

“Resisting pie.”

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Photo credit: Reuters/Mario Anzuoni (Cast member Zoe Saldana poses at premier of “Avatar”)

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