MURS and Barack Obama took time out of their busy touring schedules to answer some questions from their constituents. Who would get your vote?

Who’s your favorite movie or TV president?
MURS: Morgan Freeman in Deep Impact.

Obama: Jeff Bridges in The Contender. That was a great movie president. He was charming and essentially an honorable person, but there was a rogue about him. The way he would order sandwiches – he was good at that. (

What do you get down to? What’s on your iPod?

Obama: You know I haven’t been buying new music lately. Because I don’t have time. Look, I’m impacted by my generation. Most of my iPod probably is either jazz classics – Coltrane, Miles Davis – or it’s got the songs of my youth, right? So you know Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin. But every once in a while I will find something that’s out right now that moves me, and then I’ll pull that down. So when the Fugees were together, I loved listening to the Fugees. I think OutKast does a lot of interesting work. My fellow Chicagoan Common I think is outstanding. I really dig his stuff. (

MURS: Vampire Weekend

Favorite Movie:

MURS: Juice

Obama: Casablanca, Godfather I & II, Lawrence of Arabia and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (

Favorite Book:

Obama: Song of Solomon (Toni Morrison), Moby Dick, Shakespeare’s Tragedies, Parting the Waters, Gilead (Robinson), Self-Reliance (Emerson), The Bible, Lincoln’s Collected Writings (

MURS: The White Boy Shuffle by Paul Beatty

Favorite TV Show:

MURS: “Ugly Betty”

Obama: “SportsCenter” (

Favorite Quote:

Obama: “The Arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” —MLK (

MURS: “You can’t soar with eagles when you hang with turkeys.”

Are there regions of the country you feel you need to know more about?

Obama: It’s only been in the last year or year and a half that I’ve traveled at all in the South. The more I travel there, the more I think I’d like to know. Particularly, I think, because the Democrats have made a mistake not going after the South more aggressively, especially in presidential elections. (

MURS: I’m pretty well-versed about the different regions of America thanks to touring.

Of the people you’ve met, who are most intriguing?

MURS: The ones without tattoos. I don’t know what’s wrong with them.
Obama: Meeting Nelson Mandela was a powerful moment. Meeting the Dalai Lama, who was fascinating, just as warm and wise as you’d want the Dalai Lama to be. And Dr. J, Julius Erving. I was a big Dr. J fan as a kid. He called me up about stem cell research. (

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