One of our favorite bloggers, Ann Althouse, reported this in her brief review of the show:
And not a word... not a word... about politics. No imploring us to vote for Obama. Or even to vote.
Ooops! Stu Levitan, who reviewed the show for Isthmus, reports the opposite.
"We tried to play good tonight since the President was here today. He's a tough act to follow," Dylan said during "Blowin' in the Wind," the encore to his 15-song set. "I think he's gonna still be the President," he said, predicting, to loud cheers, "It's gonna be a landslide!"
Citing a brief AP item via the Washington Post, Althouse recants. Sort of.
I loved the absence of politics, and I believe/have believed that Bob Dylan has almost entirely avoided politics since the early 1960s. I can see a way to say his quote about Obama is enigmatic, sardonic, and in some real way nonpolitical: Don't believe what they're telling you in the newspapers. A sound and distanced observation. Etc.
But no subtle interpretation can undo my over-strong "not a word." So I have to confess that Meade and I have been to a lot of Bob Dylan concerts. We know he will do one encore. We even knew it would be "Blowin' in the Wind." Halfway through it, we slipped out into the night. We zipped right out of there.
The comments are, predictably, hilarious. They're trying to decide whether Dylan meant Romney when he said he thought the media was wrong and that it was going to be a landslide. Levitan's report indicates exactly what Dylan meant. The AP report seems to be a little more ambiguous. But since Stu was actually, you know, there in the actual room, listening, I'll go with his account.